Ministry of Defence

Non-commissioned Officer Career

An active NCO of Armed Forces is the Albanian citizen who has completed the high or university education, the respective NCO training, and has sworn the military oath.  A professional soldier/seaman is the Albanian citizen who has completed high or university education, compulsory active military service, or respective professional course (basic training) and has sworn the military oath.  

Level of Designation

Land/Air Force Rank

Navy Force Rank

NCO Sergeant Major Senior Chief Petty Officer
  Staff Sergeant Chief Petty Officer
  Sergeant Petty Officer 1st Class
  Corporal Petty Officer 2nd Class
  Private First Class Petty Officer 3rd Class
Soldier Private E-1 Seaman
  Private E-2 Seaman Apprentice
  Enlisted Seaman Recruit









The maximal and minimal time of service at a rank to promote to the next one is:

Land/Air Force

Rank Navy Force

Max/min. years of service

Enlisted Seaman Recruit 9 months/1 year
Private E-2 Seaman Apprentice 1 year/6 years
Private E-1 Seaman 1 year/6 years
Private First Class Petty Officer 3rd Class 4 year/12 years
Corporal Petty Officer 2nd Class 4 year/20 years
Sergeant Petty Officer 1st Class 5 year/22 years
Staff Sergeant Chief Petty Officer 5 year/27 years
Sergeant Major Senior Chief Petty Officer           /30 years








The military NCO is eligible for next promotion when he/she fulfils the following conditions:

a)    Time limit of service at a rank;
b)    Required education and qualification in military and civilian schools and courses;
c)    Yearly work performance results.

NCOs  aspiring to rise to a higher rank have the right to be considered and evaluated by rank and career commissions for each rank only 1 (one) time.

The education and qualification criteria to promote to a higher rank are:

Actual Rank

Next Rank



Seaman Recruit
Private E-2/
Seaman Apprentice
Basic Individual Training (SIB) 9 weeks
Private E-2/
Seaman Apprentice
Private E-1/Seaman Advanced Individual Training (SIA) Institutional/Functional
Private E-1/Seaman Private First Class/
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Elementary Course 9 weeks
Private First Class/
Petty Officer 3rd Class
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Basic Course 13 weeks
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Petty Officer 1st Class
Advanced Course 10 weeks
Petty Officer 1st Class
Staff Sergeant/
Chief Petty Officer
Senior Course 16 weeks
Staff Sergeant/
Chief Petty Officer
Sergeant Major/
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Sergeant Major Course 6-8 weeks



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