Military ranks of Bolivia

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The Armed Forces of Bolivia has four main branches: Army, Navy, Air Force and the National Police Force. Each of the four branches has a similar structure,[1] each having four pay grades: non-commissioned officers, senior non-commissioned officers, commissioned officers and general staff. However, the SNCO roles vary depending on the branch; some of these hold specialisations.

Army

The Army trains all its personnel in the following:

  • Army NCO School, Sucre
  • Military College of Bolivia, La Paz

Rank insignia in the officers' dress uniforms follow the Prussian pattern.

Non-Commissioned Officers'

Bolivian Army
Spanish title Sub-Oficial 2° Sub-Oficial Inicial Sergento 1° Sargento 2° Cabo
Western Version Sergeant First Class Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal

Senior Non-Commissioned Officers'

Bolivian Army
Spanish title Sub-Oficial Maestre Sub-Oficial Mayor Sub-Oficial 1°
Western Version Command Sergeant Major Sergeant Major Master Sergeant

Commissioned Officers'

Bolivian Army
Spanish title Coronel Teniente Coronel Mayor Captáin Teniente Subteniente
Western Version Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant

General officers

Unlike most armed forces, generals in the Bolivian Army are selected from the most distinguished cadets of the Military College during their 4-year tour of study.

Bolivian Army
Spanish title General De Ejercito General De División General De Brigada
Western Version General Lieutenant General Major General

Navy

Despite being a landlocked country, Bolivia has a large quantity of rivers and lakes which the majority of their naval operations take place on, one example of this is Lake Titicaca,[2] which is shared between Bolivia and Peru.

The Navy, unlike the other three branches, has different specialisations for the NCOs and SNCOs once they reach the rank of 'seaman'. Once a specialisation has been achieved, the sailors' insignia will be adjusted slightly, to make his/her profession more visible. Those corps are as follows:

  • Machinist Corps
  • Medical Corps
  • Divers Corps
  • Logistics Corps
  • Quartermasters Corps
  • Signals Corps
Insignia
Paygrade NCO SNCO Both Both Both Both Both
Corps Machinist Medical Divers Logistics Quartermasters Signals

Any rank between Seaman and Master Chief Petty Officer can have a specialisation as part of their regular rank insignia, the only corps where the insignia varies is within the Machinist Corps, where both NCO and SNCO have a different insignia, this also helps determine their qualifications and what they are responsible for.

The most Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer, holds no specific specialisation but once would have as he/she would have had to work their way up through the NCO and SNCO ranks of the Navy itself. This sailor would also be the overseer of each of the Corps, ensuring that this branch's members are fully trained and equipped.

Non-Commissioned Officers'

Naval Ensign of Bolivia.svg
Bolivian Navy
Spanish title Sub-Oficial

Inicial

Sargento

Primero

Sargento

Segundo

Marinero Marinero De

Primero

Marinero De

Segunda

Western Version Petty Officer

1st Class

Petty Officer

2nd Class

Petty Officer

3rd Class

Seaman Seaman

Apprentice

Seaman Recruit

Senior Non-Commissioned Officers'

Naval Ensign of Bolivia.svg
Bolivian Navy
Spanish title Sub-Oficial Maestre Sub-Oficial Mayor Sub-Oficial Primero Sub-Oficial Segundo
Western Version Fleet Master Chief

Petty Officer

Master Chief

Petty Officer

Senior Chief

Petty Officer

Chief Petty Officer

Commissioned Officers'

Naval Ensign of Bolivia.svg
Bolivian Navy
Spanish title Capitán De

Navio

Capitán De

Fragata

Capitán De

Corbeta

Teniente De

Navio

Teniente De

Fragata

Teniente De

Corbeta

Alferez
Western Version Captain Commander Lieutenant

Commander

Lieutenant Lieutenant Junior

Grade

Probationary

Lieutenant

Ensign

Admiralty

Naval Ensign of Bolivia.svg
Bolivian Navy
Spanish title Almirante Vice Almirante Contralmirante
Western Version Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral

Air Force

Non-Commissioned Officers'

Bolivian Air Force
Spanish title Sub-Oficial Inicial Sergento 1° Sargento 2° Cabo Dragoneante
Western Version Technical Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Airman First Class Airman

Senior Non-Commissioned Officers'

Bolivian Air Force
Spanish title Sub-Oficial Maestre Sub-Oficial Mayor Sub-Oficial 1° Sub-Oficial 2°
Western Version Command Chief

Master Sergeant

Chief Master Sergeant Senior Master Sergeant Master Sergeant

Commissioned Officers'

Bolivian Air Force
Spanish title Coronel Aviador Teniente Coronel Aviador Mayor Aviador Captáin Aviador Teniente Aviador Subteniente Aviador
Western Version Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant

General Staff

Bolivian Air Force
Spanish title General De

Fuerza Aeréa

General De

División Aeréa

General De

Brigada Aeréa

Western Version General Lieutenant General Major General

References

  1. Pike, John. "Bolivian Uniforms and Insignia". www.globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2016-08-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Bolivia04-05 - Picture Pages". www.steiner7.com. Retrieved 2016-08-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>