The military hierarchy is the basis for organizing Armed Forces and makes up the chain of command to be followed by all members of the forces at its organizational structure. At Brazil the constitution provides that the President of the Republic is the highest position in the hierarchy of the armed forces .
The military is divided into two classes: official: Classified by ranks, and Praças: Classified by grades. These classes are subdivided into other according to the level of responsibility and professional qualification. For each rank corresponds to a regulatory insignia.
|Navy of Brazil||Brazilian Army||Brazilian Air Force|
|Squares or graduates|
- The ranks of Admiral, Marshal, and Marshal of the Air - are filled only in case of war.
- In the Navy, the officers of the Army Corps have a slight distinction (an increase of Around Nelson) In their badges, and those of other officers .
- With few exceptions, annexed to the insignias are also used the badges of expertise.
Hierarchy of colonial and imperialEdit
|Army||Navy ( or Navy )|
|Captain General (After Marshal General)||admiral -general|
|Master- de-camp to Gen. ( later lieutenant general)||Head of the Fleet|
|sergeant-major battle (after field -marshal)||chief of division|
|master- field ( then Colonel )||Captain of the sea -and- war|
|Lieutenant Colonel ( Captain-General in Ordinances)||Captain Frigate|
|Sergeant-Mor (later Major )||Lieutenant Commander|
|captain||Lieutenant -fish (later First Lieutenant )|
|lieutenant||Lieutenant ( then Second Lieutenant )|
|First Sergeant||First Sergeant|
|Staff Sergeant||Staff Sergeant|