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A NATO General's rank insignia[1]

4 star rank is a term used to describe a very senior commander in many of the armed services holding a rank described by the NATO OF-9 code. The term is also used by some armed forces which are not NATO members. Typically, 4 star officers would hold the rank of Admiral, General or in the case of those air forces with a separate rank structure, Air Chief Marshal.


Australian 4 star ranks

The 4 star rank is reserved in Australia for the Chief of the Defence Force, the highest position in peace time.
In times of major conflict, the highest ranks are the 5 star ranks: Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal, and Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Canadian 4 maple leaf ranks

  • Admiral (Canadian Forces Maritime Command 4 star equivalent rank)
  • General/général (Canadian Forces Land Forces Command and Air Command 4 star equivalent rank)

The maple leaves appear with St. Edward's crown and crossed sabre and baton.

Before unification, the rank of Air Chief Marshal was the 4 star equivalent for the Royal Canadian Air Force.

This is the highest rank that can be achieved in the Canadian Forces. The head of state holds the position of commander-in-chief of the Canadian Forces, bearing no ranking.[citation needed] Nor does the Minister of National Defence (Canada).

Indian 4 star ranks

Indian Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major wearing 4 star insignia

United Kingdom 4 star ranks

United States 4 star ranks

  • Admiral (United States Navy, Coast Guard, and Public Health Service Commissioned Corps 4 star rank)
  • General (United States Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps 4 star rank)

See also:

See also


  1. ^ Note: This rank insignia is not worn by all NATO officers.
  2. ^ RAF Glossary, "Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation",


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