Rank Structure and Insignia

Of The Imperial Japanese Army

World War II Era

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General
Taisho
General
(Taisho)
Lt.General
Chujo
Lieutenant-General
(Chujo)
Maj.General
Shosho
Major-General
(Shosho)
Colonel
Taisa
Colonel
(Taisa)
Lt.Colonel
Chusa
Lieutenant-Colonel
(Chusa)
Major
Shosa
Major
(Shosa)
Captain
Tai-i
Captain
(Tai-i)
1st.Lt.
Chu-i
1st Lieutenant
(Chu-i)
2nd.Lt.
Sho-i
2nd Lieutenant
(Sho-i)
Warrant Officer
Jun-i
Warrant Officer
(Jun-i)
Sgt.Major
Socho
Sergeant-Major
(Socho)
Sergeant
Gunsho
Sergeant
(Gunsho)
Corporal
Gocho
Corporal
(Gocho)
Leading Pvt.
Heicho
Lance Corporal/
Leading Private
(Heicho)
Superior Pvt.
Jotohei
Superior Private
(Jotohei)
Pvt.1st Class
Ittohei
Private 1st Class
(Ittohei)
Pvt.2nd Class
Nitohei
Private 2nd Class
(Nitohei)
Recruit
Recruit

Officer
Officers' Cap Badge
Enlisted & NCO
Enlisted & NCO Cap Badge

Acting NCO
Acting NCO
Shoulder Chevron
Acting Superior Private
Acting Superior Private
Shoulder Chevron

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