Two-star rank

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A NATO two-star general's rank insignia

An officer of two-star rank is a senior commander in many of the armed services holding a rank described by the NATO code of OF-7. The term is also used by some armed forces which are not NATO members. Typically, two-star officers hold the rank of rear admiral, counter admiral, major general, or in the case of those air forces with a separate rank structure, air vice-marshal.

Australian two-star ranks

In the Australian Defence Force the following ranks of commissioned officers are awarded two-star ranks:

Brazil two-star ranks

Brazilian General de Brigada

The two-star rank in Brazil is the first rank in a general career. The officers in this position are normally brigade commanders.

Canadian two-maple-leaves ranks

Rather than stars, the Canadian Forces insignia use maple leaves. The maple leaves appear with St. Edward's crown and crossed sabre and baton. Before unification, air vice marshal was the two-star rank for the RCAF.

Germany

The equivalent modern German two-star ranks (OF-7) of the Bundeswehr are as follows:

Not to be confused with Generalmajor and Vizeadmiral (one-star ranks; OF-6) of the Wehrmacht until 1945 and of the National People's Army of East Germany until German reunification in 1990.

Indian two-star ranks

An Indian Navy Rear Admiral in a car having two-stars.

Indonesian two-star ranks

Pakistani two-star ranks

Bangladesh two-star ranks

Philippine two-star ranks

United Kingdom two-star ranks

A British major-general (Sir Nicholas Carter) wearing two-star insignia

United States two-star ranks

USSR / Russian Federation

In the Russian and Soviet armies, the rank wearing two stars is lieutenant-general (Russian: Генерал-лейтенант), however the general in charge of a unit equivalent to the one led by a NATO two-star general (a division) is major-general (генерал-майор). This also applies to the air force, MVD, police, FSB and some others, and is caused by a Russian brigades being commanded by colonel, with the smallest unit commanded by a general being a division. In the navy, the equivalent rank is kontr-admiral (контр-адмирал).

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