An air officer
is a Royal Air Force
officer of the rank of Air Commodore
or higher. Such officers may be termed "officers of air rank". The term is also used by many Commonwealth
nations who have a similar rank structure to the RAF.
It is equivalent in concept to a flag officer
in navies and a general officer
in armies and marine corps. However, in the British Armed Forces
, while an air commodore is an air officer, his Royal Navy
) is not considered a flag officer, nor is his British Army
or Royal Marines
) considered a general officer. However, in 1919 when the RAF introduced its air officer ranks, the equivalent Army rank was brigadier-general
, which was a general officer rank until its abolition in 1922.
In some other countries, most notably the armed forces of the United States
, army, air force and marine corps, 1 star officers
are considered to be general officers and 1 star officers
of the navy and coast guard are considered to be flag officers.
Air officers holding command appointments receive the title Air Officer Commanding
(AOC), whereas air officers holding commander-in-chief
positions are titled as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C). In addition to specific air officer command appointments, the RAF maintains two home country
air officer appointments. These are Air Officer Scotland
and the Air Officer for...