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ROK Army Rank Insignia

   Enlisted

Private

When South Korea's national defense guard was founded, enlisted ranks were divided in to private and private first class. These terms have been used ever since.

Private
First Class

Corporal/
Specialist

In 1962, enlisted ranks were divided into four, and those who were in upper rank of the enlisted were called corporal

Sergeant

The term sergeant was used to signify the head of enlisted ranks

 
  
Non-commissioned officer
     In 1996, Non-commissioned officers' insignia was revised from the past insignia on which  their      insignia was marked on top of that of the enlisted soldiers causing it to look too big. So to arouse      their pride and to make it look like the insignia of the officers, they added the Mugunghwa sign      underneath their  insignia.

Staff Sergeant

Sergeant First Class

Master Sergeant

Sergeant Major


  
Company officer
     Company officer's rhombus symbolizes the beginning officers' strong will of the protection of the      nation  and is expressed in a form of strong and unbreakable diamond

2nd Lieutenant

1st Lieutenant

Captain

     


   Field officer
     
Field officers' bamboo symbolizes the ever greenness of four seasons, strong spirit, and fidelity

Major

Lieutenant Colonel

Colonel

 

 

 


  General

Brigadier General

Major General

 

 

Lieutenant General

General

 

 

 




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