Singapore Armed Forces ranks

Singapore Armed Forces Ranks

Singapore Armed Forces ranks

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The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has two rank structures.

One rank structure is similar to that of other military in other country. One major difference is that the SAF uses a unified rank structure, with identical rank names and insignia throughout the Army, Navy, and Air Force. For example, traditional Navy ranks such as Ensign and Commander have been replaced with Army-style ranks. Only two exceptions exist to the unified rank structure. Firstly, among the flag officer ranks, the Navy retains the Admiral ranks. The second exception is for the rank insignia for Private and Private First Class among the Air Force, and the Army and Navy.

This structure is subdivided for Officer, Warrant Officers, Specialist, and enlisted men.

The other structure is for the Military Domain Experts Scheme (MDES), which comprises eight ranks (ME1 – ME8).MINDEF, Personnel under this Scheme are collectively known as Military Experts (MEs).


Unlike most Commonwealth countries, the armed forces of Singapore no longer use British-style rank insignia nor many British rank titles. Company officers are represented by bars, field officers by coats-of-arms and flag and general officers are represented by stars, similar to the systems of the Republic of China, South Korea, and (in particular) Indonesia for example. American influence is obvious in relation to the existence of two Rear Admiral ranks.

The SAF rank structure is largely similar to that of the Singapore Civil......
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