Home Page World War II Armed Forces — Orders of Battle and Organizations Last Updated 01.05.2004
Royal Norwegian Armed Forces
Ranks
Army US Army equivalent Navy US Navy equivalent
Officers
G3 General Lieutenant General Admiral Admiral
G2 Generalløytnant Major General Viseadmiral Vice-Admiral
G1 Generalmajor Brigadier General Kontreadmiral Rear-Admiral
O6 Oberst Colonel Kommandør Captain
O5 Oberstløytnant Lieutenant Colonel Kommandørkaptein Commander
O4 Major Major Orlogskaptein Lieutenant-Commander
O3 Kaptein [1] Captain Kapteinløytnant Lieutenant
O2 Løytnant 2nd Lieutenant Løytnant Lieutenant junior grade
O1 Fenrik 1st Lieutenant Utskrevet fenrik Ensign
Enlisted Men
III Sersjant Sergeant Kvartermester  
II Korporal Corporal Utskrevet kvartermester  
I Menig [2] Private Utskrevet menig  
Notes:
[1] Normally Kaptein, but for Cavalry — Rittmester

[2] Normally Menig, but for:
     Army Air Force — Flysoldat
     Cavalry — Dragon
 
Until the 1930's, Norway had a NCO corps with the ranks of: korporal, sersjant, oversersjant, furer and fanejunker. However, as NCO's felt they did the same work as officers, (but were merely regarded as second class soldiers), and Norway, (as the cradle of democratic socialism) — agreeing that it was unfair that some soldiers spend their life as officers, and others not — abolished the NCO system in the late 1930s.

Enlisted men in special positions were promoted to corporal.

Soldiers could attend a Befalsskole (sergeant school), which lasted two years. During the first year pupils were promoted to corporal; in the second year they were promoted to sergeant, and sent to a unit. Hence, the maximum time spent as a sergeant was one year.

After that, most became fenrik (reserve) or proceeded to attend an officer academy (2–3 years).

With a short exception in the 60's, this is still the Norwegian system!
 
Insignia:
Generals:
One to three five-pointed silver stars and wide gold lace on the tunic collar, and one narrow and from one to three gold lace stripes on the kepi.
Field grade officers:
One to three five-pointed silver stars and a row of lace on the tunic collar and greatcoat shoulder straps, and one wide lace, and from one to three narrow braid, stripes on the kepi
Company grade officers:
One to three five-pointed silver stars on the tunic collar and greatcoat shoulder straps, and one wide lace, and from one to three narrow braid, stripes on the kepi.
NCO's:
One vertical or two horizontal red lace stripes on the cuffs, and one or two vertical lace stripes on the kepi.
Arms-of-service
Identified by the color and design of the buttons as follows:
Arm Color Design
Generals Gold Crossed batons
General staff Gold Crossed batons
Infantry Silver Norwegian Lion
Cavalry Silver Horn
Artillery Gold Rosette
Engineers Silver Helmet and breast plate
Train Gold Wagon wheel
Information supplied by Bjørn Jervås
 
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