Australian Army officer rank insignia

Australian Army Officer Rank Insignia

Australian Army officer rank insignia

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Australian Army officers receive a commission that is personally signed by the Governor-General of Australia, acting for the Monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II, of Australia. Rank insignia for commissioned officers is identical to that of the British Army, with the addition of a band containing the word "Australia" beneath the insignia.

Ranks and Rank Grades

Officer ranks in the Australian Army are organised into grades for administrative and promotional purposes. The rank grades also give an indication of what that particular officer's role or position may be, although 'Rank Grade' is not an official term. The ranks are organised below from highest to lowest:

General Officer Ranks

  • Field Marshal (Abbreviated: FM) - O11. This rank is generally reserved for wartime and ceremonial purposes; there are no regular appointments to the rank. Sir Thomas Blamey is the only Australian-born officer promoted to the rank. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is currently the only living holder of the rank of Field Marshal in the Australian Army.Australian Army Gradation List of Officers The Duke, however, does not have any active role in the Australian command structure.
  • General (Abbreviated: GEN) - O10. Since the Second World War, (with one exceptionThe exception to "this rank is only held when an Army officer is appointed as Chief of the Defence Force" was LTGEN x. He was promoted to General on the day of his retirement from......
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