NVA Rank Insignia

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INTRODUCTION

Prior to 1960 NVA Rank Insignia was displayed on both a collar tab and shoulder boards. In the early 1960's this was changed and rank insignia was then only displayed as a collar tab. However, NVA soldiers rarely wore any insignia of rank when in the field so as to avoid giving enemy intelligence any information should they be captured or killed in combat. Given a lack of distinguishing radio equipment and no visible rank insignia it was almost impossible to target NVA officers specifically. It was only due to the fact that officers (who were invariably cadre) led from the front that distinguished them from the rank and file soldiers. 

 

Private 2nd Class Private 1st Class Corporal
Private 2nd Class

 

Private 1st Class Corporal
Sergeant Senior Sergeant Student Officer
Sergeant

 

Senior Sergeant Student Officer
(Officer Candidate)
2nd Lieutenant Senior Lieutenant Captain
2nd Lieutenant

 

Senior Lieutenant Captain
Senior Captain Major Lieutenant Colonel
Senior Captain

 

Major Lieutenant Colonel
Colonel Senior Colonel Major General
Colonel

 

Senior Colonel Major General
Lieutenant General Colonel General Senior General
Lieutenant General

 

Colonel General Senior General

SOURCES

Armies of the Vietnam War 1962-75, Men-At-Arms Series 104, P. Katcher & M. Chappel, Osprey (Reed International Books), ISBN 0-85045-360-7

Armies of the Vietnam War 2, Men-At-Arms Series 143, Lee Russell & M. Chappel, Osprey (Reed International Books), ISBN 0-85045-514-6

 

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