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These are the ranks with their abbreviations.

Army  
Colonel Col
Lieutenant-Colonel Lieut-Col
Major Maj
Captain Capt
Lieutenant Lieut
2nd Lieutenant 2nd Lieut
Sergeant Major Sgt Maj
Sergeant Sgt
Corporal Cpl
Lance Corporal L.Cpl
Private Pte
Navy  
Captain Capt
Commander Cdr
Lieutenant-Commander Lieut-Cdr
Lieutenant Lieut
Sub-Lieutenant Lieut
Midshipman

 Men's ranks in the services:

Army Royal Air Force Royal Navy
  1. Field Marshal
  2. General
  3. Lieutenant-General
  4. Major-General
  5. Brigadier
  6. Colonel
  7. Lieutenant-Colonel
  8. Major
  9. Captain
  10. Lieutenant
  11. Second Lieutenant
  1. Marshal of the Royal Air Force
  2. Air Chief Marshal
  3. Air Marshal
  4. Air Vice-Marshal
  5. Air Commodore
  6. Group Captain
  7. Wing Commander
  8. Squadron Leader
  9. Flight-Lieutenant
  10. Flying Officer
  11. Pilot Officer
  1. Admiral of the Fleet
  2. Admiral
  3. Vice Admiral
  4. Rear Admiral
  5. Commodore
  6. Captain
  7. Commander
  8. Lieutenant-Commander
  9. Lieutenant
  10. Sublieutenant
  11. Acting Sublieutenant
Non-Commissioned Ranks
  1. Warrant Officer Class 1
  2. Warrant Officer Class 2
  3. Staff Sergeant
  4. Sergeant
  5. Corporal
  6. Lance Corporal
  7. Private
  1. Warrant Officer
  2. Flight-Sergeant
  3. Chief Technician
  4. Sergeant
  5. Corporal
  6. Junior Technician
  7. Senior Aircraftman
  8. Leading Aircraftman
  9. Aircraftman
  1. Warrant Officer
  2. Chief Petty Officer
  3. Petty Officer
  4. Leading Hand
  5. Rating

Women's ranks in the services:

Women's Royal Army Corps Women's Royal Air Force Women's Royal Naval Service
  1. Brigadier
  2. Colonel
  3. Lieutenant-Colonel
  4. Major
  5. Captain
  6. Lieutenant
  1. Air Commandant
  2. Group Officer
  3. Wing Officer
  4. Squadron Officer
  5. Flight Officer
  6. Flying Officer
  7. Pilot Officer
  1. Commandant
  2. Superintendent
  3. Chief Officer
  4. First Officer
  5. Second Officer
  6. Third Officer

Commonly used abbreviations in military records:

  • (Rfn) - Rifleman
  • (Tpr) - Trooper
  • (Cpl) - Corporal
  • (Gnr) - Gunner
  • (Spr) - Sapper
  • (Sgt) - Sergeant
  • (Cfn) - Craftsman
  • (Pte) - Private