Ranks of the Bangladesh Army

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Bangladesh Army
Active 26 March 1971 – present
Country Bangladesh
Type Army
Size 300,000
Patron President
Anniversaries 26 March
21 February
16 December
Engagements Bangladesh Liberation War
Commanders
Chief of Army Staff (CAS) General Shafiul Haque[1]
Quartermaster General (QMG) Lt Gen Anwar Hossain[2]
Chief of General Staff (CGS) Lt Gen Md Nazimuddin
Notable
commanders
Lt Gen Ziaur Rahman[3]
[ General as commander in chief of Mukti Bahini] * M. A. G. Osmani

The Bangladesh Army (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ সেনা বাহিনী) is the land forces branch of the Military of Bangladesh.[4] The rank [5] structure of the Bangladesh Army is divided in two main parts: commissioned officers/officers and soldiers, officers have two categories of ranks one is known simply as officers and the other category is generals or general officers, on the other hand soldiers have three categories of ranks. Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and NCOs are enlisted personnel, not officers.[6][7] From the rank of Second Lieutenant to the highest rank of General all are commissioned officers. Commissioned Officers are regarded as 1st class Bangladesh-government officer. Men and women can receive commission from BMA, Bhatiary. 'Sainik' is a Bengali word, it means Soldier in English, the rank Sainik is equivalent to 'Private' of US and British Army and 'Sepoy' of Pakistan Army. From a Sainik a person is promoted to Lance Corporal, and from this rank he/she gets NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) status. From the rank of 'Warrant Officer' persons are called JCO. From Major-General to General, officers of these rank holders are commonly called 'generals' and Brigadier-generals are known as Brigadiers in contraction, though the suffix 'general' was added in 2001. Lieutenants, Captains and Majors are considered junior officers (not junior commissioned officer) and Lieutenant-colonels are called simply as colonels. The insignias of Major-general and Lieutenant-general were changed in 2013, previously these two ranks were same as the Pakistan Army ranks except the national emblem and also the ranks of all grades of soldiers (including JCOs) were Pakistan Army alike till 1999.

Ranks

The ranks shown below are in descending order.

Officers

Equivalent NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and Student Officer
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General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier general Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant

Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs)

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NATO rank WO-5 WO-4 WO-3 WO-2 WO-1

Enlisted and Non Commissioned Officers

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
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Regiment Sergeant Major Quarter Master Sergeant Sergeant Major Master Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Sainik

See also

References

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  2. "Quarter Master General of Bangladesh Army Lieutenant General Anwar Hossain and the winners of the Bangladesh Junior Open Golf Tournament pose for a photograph at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka Cantonment on Thursday". The New Nation. Retrieved 2016-09-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "The President House of Bangladesh". Bangabhaban.gov.bd. Retrieved 2016-09-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Join Bangladesh Army (2016-06-06). "Bangladesh Army". Army.mil.bd. Retrieved 2016-09-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "PIPNI.cz - Moderní hosting". Uniforminsignia.net. Retrieved 2016-09-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Badges of Rank". army.mil.bd. Bangladesh Army. Retrieved 22 April 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Rank and Insignia". Join Bangladesh Army. Bangladesh Army. Retrieved 22 April 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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