Army ranks and insignia of Myanmar

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The following is a list of military appointments and ranks of the Myanmar Army. As a former British colonial territory, its ranks follow those of the British Army.

Military appointments[edit]

The military appointments of the Myanmar Army, arranged according to seniority, is as follows:

  1. Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services
  2. Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services
  3. Chief of General Staff (Army/Navy/Airforce)
  4. Commander in Chief (Army)
  5. Adjutant General
  6. Quartermaster General
  7. Chiefs Bureau of Special Operation
  8. Chief of Air Defense Forces
  9. Chief of Defense Industries
  10. Judge Advocate General
  11. Military Appointments General
  12. Chief of Armed Forces Training
  13. Defense Services Inspector General
  14. Defense Services Auditor General
  15. Chief of Military Affairs Security
  16. Chief of Staff (Army)
  17. Director of Defense Services Procurement
  18. Director of Signals
  19. Director of Ordnance
  20. Director of Military Engineering
  21. Director of Artillery
  22. Director of Armour
  23. Director of Missile
  24. Director of People Relation and Psychological Welfare
  25. Directorate of Peoples Militia and Frontier Forces
  26. Director of Resettlement
  27. Tatmadaw Provost Marshal
  28. Director of Medical Services
  29. Commanders of Regional Military Commands
  30. Vice Adjutant General
  31. Vice Quartermaster General
  32. Commanders of Light Infantry Divisions
  33. Commanders of Military Operation Commands
  34. Commanders of Regional Operation Commands
  35. Commanders of Artillery Operation Commands
  36. Commanders of Armoured Operation Commands
  37. Tactical Operation Commands
  38. Chief Commanding Officer of the Universities Training
  39. Commanding Officer
  40. Second in Command (2 I.C)
  41. Intelligence Officer
  42. Adjutant
  43. Quarter Master
  44. Medical Assistance warrant officer
  45. Unit Account
  46. Head Clerk
  47. Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant
  48. Apprentice
  49. General Staff Officer (G 1)
  50. Adjutant Staff Officer (A 1)
  51. Quartermaster Staff Officer (Q 1)
  52. Assistant Judge Advocate General (Judge 1)

Rank[edit]

The various rank of the Myanmar Army are listed below in descending order:[1]

Commissioned officers[edit]

The Tatmadaw has two unique general officer ranks: Senior General, held by the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and Vice Senior General, the second highest, held by the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and the Commander-in-Chief, Myanmar Army. The latter is the highest rank for all the other service branches.

Commissioned officers[edit]

Officer rank insignia of the Myanmar Air Force are now on light blue shoulder boards with the rank insignia.

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
Myanmar Myanmar
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Senior General.gif Vice Senior General Tatmadaw (Final).gif General Lieutenant General.gif Major General Tatmadaw.gif Brigadier General Tatmadaw.gif Colonel Tatmadaw.gif Lieutenant Colonel Tatmadaw.gif Major Tatmadaw.gif Captain Tatmadaw.gif Lieutenant 1st Class Tatmadaw.gif Lieutenant 2nd Class Tatmadaw.gif Unknown
Senior General
(ဗိုလ်ချုပ်မှူးကြီး)
Vice Senior General
(ဒုတိယ ဗိုလ်ချုပ်မှူးကြီး)
General
(ဗိုလ်ချုပ်ကြီး)
Lieutenant General
(ဒုတိယ ဗိုလ်ချုပ်ကြီး)
Major General
(ဗိုလ်ချုပ်)
Brigadier
(ဗိုလ်မှူးချုပ်)
Colonel
(ဗိုလ်မှူးကြီး)
Lieutenant Colonel
(ဒုတိယ ဗိုလ်မှူးကြီး)
Major
(ဗိုလ်မှူး)
Captain
(ဗိုလ်ကြီး)
Lieutenant
(ဗိုလ်)
Second Lieutenant
(ဒုတိယ ဗိုလ်)
Abbreviation ဗခမက ဒုဗခမက ဗခက ဒုဗခက ဗခ ဗမခ ဗမက ဒုဗမက ဗမ ဗက ဒုဗ

Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs)[edit]

In Myanmar armed forces, Non-Commissioned Officers are refer to as Sayar, meaning Teacher, by both enlisted men and officers. For example, Warrant Officers, Regimental Sergeant Majors and Company Sergeant Major are refer to as BO LAY , literally meaning "SUB CAPTATIN", Sergeant are refer to as Sayar and Corporal/Lance Corporal as Sayar Lay. These unofficial rank are in used throughout the daily life of all branches of Myanmar Armed Forces. Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) within Myanmar Armed Forces are usually seasoned veteran soldiers with wide-ranging experience of the battlefield, thus both officers and enlisted men refer to them as "teacher" out of respect as well as affection.[citation needed] Just like in the Commonwealth of Nations, as the Tatmandaw is modelled on the British practice, all privates do not wear rank insignia at all.

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Myanmar Army

Sergeant Major Tatmadaw.gif
Master Sergeant Tatmadaw.gif
Sergeant 1st Class Tatmadaw.gif
Staff Sergeant Tatmadaw.gif
Corporal Tatmadaw.gif
Private 1st Class Tatmadaw.gif
Burmese title အရာခံဗိုလ် ဒုအရာခံဗိုလ် တပ်ခွဲတပ်ကြပ်ကြီး တပ်ကြပ်ကြီး တပ်ကြပ် ဒုတပ်ကြပ်
MLC TS A Yar Khan Bo Du A Yar Khan Bo Tat Khwè Tat Kyat Kyee Tat Kyat Kyee Tat Kyat Du Tat Kyat
Translation Warrant Officer Vice Warrant Officer Company Great Sergeant Great Sergeant Sergeant Vice Sergeant
Western version Master sergeant Sergeant first class Staff sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal
UK equivalent Warrant officer class one Warrant officer class two Staff sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal

References[edit]

  1. ^ Defence Services Historical and Research Institute