Ranks of the Bangladesh Army
|Active||26 March 1971 – present|
26 March |
|Engagements||Bangladesh Liberation War|
|Chief of Army Staff||General Shafiul Haque|
|Quartermaster General||Lt Gen Jahangir A Choudhury|
|Chief of General Staff||Lt Gen Anwar Hossain|
Lt Gen Ziaur Rahman |
Lt Gen H M Ershad
The Bangladesh Army (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ সেনা বাহিনী) is the land forces branch of the Military of Bangladesh. The rank 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.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. 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 Brigadier General to General, officers of these rank holders are commonly called 'generals' or 'general officers'. Lieutenants, Captains and Majors are considered junior officers (not junior commissioned officer).
The ranks shown below are in descending order.
Commissioned Officers (Officers)
- Lieutenant General
- Major General
- Brigadier General
- Lieutenant Colonel
- Second Lieutenant
Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs)
Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs)
- Bangladesh Forces
- Bangladesh Army
- Bangladesh Air Force
- Bangladesh Navy
- Border Guards Bangladesh
- Ziaur Rahman
- M. A. G. Osmani
- M. Hamidullah Khan
- Shafaat Jamil
- Khaled Musharraf
- Muhammad Ghulam Tawab
- Abu Taher
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