North Korean Military Ranks


Ranks of the various military services of the nation of North Korea.

Ranks are listed below, lowest ('OR', Enlisted) to highest ('OF', Officer). The lowest enlisted rank is that of Private (OR-1) while the highest attainable rank in the service in that of General (OF-10). Translations, or comparable Western ranks, are provided when possible.
North Korean Army Ranks (arranged Lowest-to-Highest)
Chonsa
(Private)
OR-1
Hagup-pyongsa
(Private 1 Class)
OR-2
Chungup-pyongsa
(Corporal)
OR-3
Sanggup-pyongsa
(Sergeant)
OR-4
Hasa
(Staff Sergeant)
OR-5
Chungsa
(Seargeant 1 Class)
OR-6
Sangsa
(Master Sergeant)
OR-7
Tukmu-sangsa
(Sergeant Major)
OR-8
Sowi
(2nd Lieutenant)
OR-9
Chungwi
(1st Lieutenant)
OF-1
Sangwi
(Sr. Lieutenant)
OF-2
Taewi
(Captain)
OF-3
Sojwa
(Major)
OF-4
Chungjwa
(Lt. Colonel)
OF-5
Sangjwa
(Colonel)
OF-6
Daechwa
(-----)
OF-7
Sojang
(Major General)
OF-8
Chungjang
(Lt. General)
OF-9
Sangjang
(Colonel General)
OF-10
Daejang
(Army General)
OF-11
Chasu
(Vice Marshal)
OF-12
Inmingun-wonsu
(Marshal)
OF-13


North Korean Navy Ranks (arranged Lowest-to-Highest)


North Korean Air Force Ranks (arranged Lowest-to-Highest)
Chonsa
OR-1
Hagup-Pyongsa
OR-2
Chungup-Pyongsa
OR-3
Sanggup-pyongsa
OR-4
Hasa
OR-5
Chungsa
OR-6
Sangsa
OR-7
Tukmu-sangsa
OR-8
Sowi
OF-1
Chungwi
OF-2
Sangwi
OF-3
Taewi
OF-4
Sojwa
OF-5
Chungjwa
OF-6
Sangjwa
OF-7
Daechwa
OF-8
Sojang
OF-9
Chungjang
OF-10
Sangjang
OF-11
Daejang
OF-12


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