Ranks - Regiments - Services | 110 Staff

  • 111 General Officers
  • Field Marshal
  • General
  • Lieutenant General
  • Major General
  • Brigadiers / Brigadier Generals (pre-1922)

  • 112 Brigadiers & Colonels
  • Brigadiers / Brigadier Generals (post-1922)
  • Colonels (see note below)
  • Lieutenant Colonel } Field officers
  • Major } Field officers
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant ] Subaltern officers
  • 2nd Lieutenant ] Subaltern officers

  • 113 ADCs & Equerries
  • Aide-de-Camp to the Queen
  • Equerry to the Queen

    A note about the use of the word "Colonel": There is a different meaning to the colonel of a regiment. If you are the top man of a regiment you are the colonel of that regiment, regardless whatever other rank you might have, but never lower than an actual Colonel's rank - more honorary, not involved in daily running of the regiment. Different from the Commanding Officer who will adhere quite a bit to the opinions of the colonel. Colonel is mostly a figurehead but will use influence. You can be a Field Marhsall & in your regiment, but the highest you can be is a Colonel of that regiment. (Regimental Rank). Seldom is Army Rank below Regimental Rank, unless the Regimental Rank is Acting or Temporary.

    Lieutenant Colonel is usually commanding officer of a Battalion - you have to be a Lieutenant Colonel to command a Battalion or Cavalry regiment (about same size as infantry battalion). Regimental/Army rank are the same.

    3. Lower ranking (Junior) Staff Officers (rare) below Major - abolished after 1st war (1922) - only a few of the lower ranking officers would have been accepted or allowed into Staff ranks or would have different uniform - would have worn what they wore in the regiment - before 1922 they would have had red tabs on collars & different cap badges to indicate they were on the staff. B/c of too many useless officers, got abolished.

    Lieutenant Colonel } Field officers
    Major } Field officers
    Captain
    Lieutenant ] Subaltern officers
    2nd Lieutenant ] Subaltern officers

    Rank vs. Appointment
    To get an appointment you have to have a certain rank and usually certain qualifying exams and certificates. Having rank doesnt mean you'd get an appointment. "unemployed officers" - meaning they don't have an appointment.


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