Former Ranks of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic

The following ranks are no more valid. Grades and classification are not used since the 1st January 2011.

The basic military ranks at the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic are as follows:

Lieutenant General motive
  • Private (PVT)
  • Private First Class (PFC)
  • Corporal (CPL)
  • Sergeant (SGT)

Having met qualification requirements, a soldier is promoted to one of the following Corps of Ranks categories of either non-commissioned or commissioned officers.


Sergeant Corps - Warrant Officer Candidate Corps

  • Staff Sergeant (SSG)
  • Sergeant First Class (SFC)
  • Master Sergeant (MSG)
  • First Sergeant (1SG)


    Warrant Officer Corps

  • Warrant Officer (WO1)
  • Chief Warrant Officer (CW2)
  • Chief Warrant Officer (CW3)
  • Master Warrant Officer (MW4)


    Junior Officer Corps

  • Second Lieutenant (2LT)
  • Lieutenant (LT)
  • First Lieutenant (1LT)
  • Captain (CPT)

  • Senior Officer Corps

  • Major (MAJ)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (LTC)
  • Colonel (COL)


    General Officer Corps

  • Brigadier General (BG)
  • Major General (MG)
  • Lieutenant General (LTG)
  • [Army] General ([A]GEN)

  • Following proposals made by the Government, Senior Commissioned Officers are promoted to Generals by the President of the Czech Republic; the promotion to other ranks is exercised by military authorities.
    (Czech Law No. 111/1999 Dig., on Soldiers' Career Status, § 7)

    Rank insignia worn on both service and dress uniform M 97

    Rank insignia worn on uniform M 95 and summer uniform M 95 with green print

    Rank insignia - summer


    December 2010