Marshal of the Royal Air Force

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Marshal of the RAF sleeve/shoulder insignia

Marshal of the Royal Air Force was the highest rank in the Royal Air Force. In peacetime it was held only by the Chief of the Defence Staff on active duty, and by retired chiefs of staff of the RAF, who were promoted to it immediately before retirement. During wartime, it was held by only the most senior officers in the RAF. It was inactivated as a substantive rank in peacetime during defence cuts of the 1990s. While surviving Marshals of the RAF retain the rank for life, the highest rank to which officers on active service are promoted is Air Chief Marshal.

It has a NATO ranking code of OF-10, equivalent to an Admiral of the Fleet in the Royal Navy or a Field Marshal in the British Army.

The rank insignia consists of four narrow light blue bands (each on a slightly wider black band) over a light blue band on a broad black band. This is worn on the both the lower sleeves of the tunic or on the shoulders of the flying suit or the casual uniform.

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Marshal of the RAF command flag

The command flag of a Marshal of the Royal Air Force is an amalgamation of the Air Vice Marshal and Air Marshal command flags. The broad red band in the center of the flag is 'straddled' by two thin red bands. This command flag is the rarest of all of the command flags used in the RAF.

Marshals of the Royal Air Force

The following officers have held the rank of Marshal of the Royal Air Force (date of promotion in parentheses):

See also

Template:UK officer ranks

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