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Encyclopedia > British Army officer rank insignia
NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF-D- Student Officer
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Field Marshal1 General Lieutenant-General Major-General Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant-Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet
Abbreviation FM Gen Lt Gen Maj Gen Brig Col Lt Col Maj Capt Lt 2Lt OD OCdt
  • 1 Rank in abeyance - appointments no longer made to this rank in peacetime.
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Origins

In the 17th and 18th centuries, rank was generally denoted by the quantity of lace and through other decoration used on uniforms. While a crossed sword and the telescope was already used by generals by 1800, the different grades of general were only distinguished by the grouping of the buttons on their coats until the Crimean War. A General is an officer of high military rank. ... // ON MAY 5 1853 MR.FADER HAD SEX WITH A MAN NAME MR WIEN THEN THEY HAD SON NAMEDMRS COTURE AND MR MANOOGIAN WENT INTO MRS HASKELLS OFFICE NAKED AND DANCED AROUND AND MASTERBATED ON HER CHEST AND SHE LICKED IT OFF THEN THEY HAD ORAL SEEX WITH NAPLOEAN OF... Combatants Allies: Second French Empire United Kingdom Ottoman Empire Kingdom of Sardinia Russian Empire Bulgarian volunteers Casualties 90,000 French 35,000 Turkish 17,500 British 2,050 Sardinian killed, wounded and died of disease 256,000 killed, wounded and died of disease The Crimean War (1854–1856) was fought...


Badges for field officers were first introduced in 1810, and for captains and subaltern officers in 1855. These badges consisted of (and still consist of) crowns and stars, the latter being more likely to be called 'pips' today (although this term is technically incorrect). 1810 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Captain is a nautical term, an organizational title, and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ... 1855 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


The star or 'pip' is that of the Order of the Bath, except in the Household regiments. The Life Guards, Blues and Royals, Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards and Welsh Guards use the star of the Order of the Garter, the Scots Guards that of the Order of the Thistle, and the Irish Guards that of the Order of St Patrick. The Crown has varied in the past, with the King's Imperial Crown being used from 1910 until it was replaced by the St Edward's Crown from the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953. Badge of a Companion of the Order of the Bath (Military Division) The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (formerly The Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath)[1] is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. ... Life Guards on parade The Life Guards is the senior regiment of the British Army. ... The Blues and Royals are a British Army armoured regiment and are part of the Household Cavalry. ... The Grenadier Guards is the most senior regiment of the Guards Division of the British Army, and, as such, is the most senior regiment of infantry. ... The Coldstream Guards is a regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division or Household Division. ... The Welsh Guards is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division. ... The insignia of a knight of the Order of the Garter. ... The Scots Guards are a regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division, and have a long and proud history stretching back hundreds of years. ... James VII ordained the modern Order. ... This article deals with the current British Army regiment, for historical regiments, see Historical Irish Guards regiments. ... The Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick is an order of chivalry associated with Ireland. ... The Imperial State Crown is one of the British Crown Jewels. ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Coronation Chair and Regalia of England St Edwards Crown is one of the British Crown Jewels used primarily in the coronation of a new monarch. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ...


All officers' badges on service dress were originally of gilding metal, except for Rifle regiments and the Royal Army Chaplains' Department, which used bronze instead. A variety of alternative materials and prints have been used on various styles of dress. RAChD camp flag The Royal Army Chaplains Department (RAChD) is an all-officer corps that provides ordained clergy to minister to the British Army. ...


Originally insignia were worn on the collar, but were moved to the shoulder boards in 1880 for all officers in full dress, when the system of crowns and stars was reorganised. From this time, until 1902, a Captain had just two stars and a Lieutenant one star. From 1871, the rank of Ensign (Cornet in cavalry regiments) was replaced with the rank of Second Lieutenant, which had no insignia. The 1902 change gave the latter a single star and the insignia of Lieutenants and Captains were increased to two and three stars. In addition to the shoulder badges, officers' ranks were also reflected in the amount and pattern of gold lace worn on the cuffs of the full-dress tunic. Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar). ... 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Captain is a nautical term, an organizational title, and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ... Lieutenant is a military, naval, paramilitary, fire service or police officer rank. ... 1871 (MDCCCLXXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Ensign is a junior rank of commissioned officer in the militaries of some countries, normally in the infantry or navy. ... Cornet was the third and lowest grade of commissioned officer in a British cavalry troop, after the Captain and Lieutenant. ... Second Lieutenant is the lowest commissioned rank in many armed forces. ... 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


From 1902, a complex system of markings with bars and loops in thin drab braid above the cuff (known irreverently as the asparagus bed) was used at first, but this was replaced in the same year by a combination of narrow rings of worsted braid around the cuff, with the full-dress style shoulder badges on a three-pointed cuff flap. Based on equivalent naval ranks, Colonels had four rings of braid, Lieutenant-Colonels and majors three, captains two and subalterns one. In the case of Scottish regiments, the rings were around the top of the gauntlet-style cuff and the badges on the cuff itself. General officers still wore their badges on the shoulder strap. 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Binomial name Asparagus officinalis L. Asparagus is a type of vegetable obtained from one species within the genus Asparagus, specifically the young shoots of Asparagus officinalis. ...


During World War I, some officers took to wearing similar jackets to the men, with the rank badges on the shoulder, as the cuff badges made them too conspicuous to snipers. This practice was frowned on outside the trenches but was given official sanction in 1917 as an optional alternative, being made permanent in 1920, when the cuff badges were abolished. Combatants Allied Powers: Russian Empire France British Empire Italy United States Central Powers: Austria-Hungary German Empire Ottoman Empire Bulgaria Commanders Nicholas II Aleksei Brusilov Georges Clemenceau Joseph Joffre Ferdinand Foch Herbert Henry Asquith Douglas Haig John Jellicoe Victor Emmanuel III Luigi Cadorna Armando Diaz Woodrow Wilson John Pershing Franz... Year 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


Today, when in combat dress (CS95) the 'rank slide' is worn on the centre of the chest, rather than on the shoulder.


Brigadier-Generals wore a crossed sword and baton symbol on its own. In 1922 the rank was replaced with Colonel-Commandant, a title that reflected the role more accurately, but which many considered to be inappropriate in a British context. From 1928 the latter was replaced with the rank of Brigadier with the rank insignia used to this day. A Brigadier General, or one-star general, is the lowest rank of general officer in the United States and some other countries, ranking just above Colonel and just below Major General. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Brigadier is a rank which is used in different ways by different countries. ...


Historical ranks

  • Captain-General: (ca. 17th century) a full General
  • Sergeant-Major-General: (ca. 17th century) shortened to Major General
  • Brigadier-General: replaced by Colonel-Commandant in 1922
  • Colonel-Commandant: replaced by Brigadier in 1928
  • Sergeant-Major's Major: (ca. 17th century) shortened to Major
  • Captain-Lieutenant: (ca. 17th & 18th century) the lieutenant of the first company in a regiment, whose captaincy was held by the regimental colonel. On promotion to full captain, the period in this rank was treated as having been a full captain for pay and pension purposes, since he effectively commanded the company
  • Ensign: lowest subaltern rank in infantry regiments; replaced in 1871 by Second Lieutenant, but still used to refer to Second Lieutenants in some Guards regiments.
  • Cornet: cavalry equivalent of ensign replaced in 1871 by Second Lieutenant, but still used to refer to Second Lieutenants in some cavalry regiments, including the Blues and Royals and The Queen's Royal Hussars.

(16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... A General is an officer of high military rank. ... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... Insignia of a United States Air Force Major General German Generalmajor Insignia Major General is a military rank used in many countries. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Brigadier is a rank which is used in different ways by different countries. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... Major is a military rank the use of which varies according to country. ... 1871 (MDCCCLXXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Second Lieutenant is the lowest commissioned rank in many armed forces. ... 1871 (MDCCCLXXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Second Lieutenant is the lowest commissioned rank in many armed forces. ... The Queens Royal Hussars (The Queens Own and Royal Irish), (QRH), is the senior United Kingdom light cavalry regiment. ...

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