The situation is so dire that the NATO, wich is a military alliance among 28 countries, had to issue the STANAG (STANdardization AGreement) 2116, in order to make military ranks & rates comparable, and the members' armed forces interoperable.
If you look at this page, which just compares UK and US military ranks, you'll see that the STANAG 2116 has been far more successful for officiers than for enlisted men - there is still a veritable "balagan" (Hebrew term for "chaos") there.
That's why I titled this blog post "SNAFU", a popular WW2 acronym for such state of affairs.
Italy has 4 armed forces (the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and the Carabinieri - sort of military police) and 2 police forces (the Guardia di Finanza, a military corps, and the Polizia di Stato, which has dropped military status in 1981), with different rank naming systems; therefore a translator who has to convert an Israeli military rank into its Italian equivalent may find himself in deep trouble.
I'm trying to help him by combining info obtained from these webpages:
- A list of Italian military ranks, together with their STANAG 2116 codes;
- A comparison between UK and US military ranks (with their STANAG 2116 codes);
- A comparison between Israeli and US Army military ranks;
- A worldwide comparison among Army ranks, with their (estimated at least) STANAG 2116 equivalent code.
Enjoy the reading, and all feedback are welcome.