Army ranks and insignia of Myanmar

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The following is a list of military appointments and ranks of the Myanmar Army.

Military appointments[edit]

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

  1. Commander in Chief of Defense Forces
  2. Deputy Commander in Chief of Defense Forces
  3. Chief of General Staff (Army, Navy and Airforce)
  4. Commander in Chief (Army)
  5. Commander in Chief (Navy)
  6. Commander in Chief (Airforce)
  7. Adjutant General
  8. Quartermaster General
  9. Chiefs Bureau of Special Operation
  10. Chief of Air Defense Forces
  11. Chief of Defense Industries
  12. Judge Advocate General
  13. Military Appointments General
  14. Chief of Armed Forces Training
  15. Defense Services Inspector General
  16. Defense Services Auditor General
  17. Chief of Military Affairs Security
  18. Chief of Staff (Army)
  19. Chief of Staff (Navy)
  20. Chief of Staff (Air)
  21. Director of Defense Services Procurement
  22. Director of Signals
  23. Director of Ordnance
  24. Director of Military Engineering
  25. Director of Artillery and Armour
  26. Director of People Relation and Psychological Welfare
  27. Directorate of Peoples Militia and Frontier Forces
  28. Director of Resettlement
  29. Tatmadaw Provost Marshal
  30. Director of Medical Services
  31. Commander of .....Command
  32. Vice Adjutant General
  33. Vice Quartermaster General
  34. Commander of No. (...) Light Infantry Division
  35. Tactical Operation Command
  36. Chief Commanding Officer of the Universities Training
  37. Commanding Officer
  38. Second in Command (2 I.C)
  39. Intelligence Officer
  40. Adjutant
  41. Quarter Master
  42. Medical Assistance
  43. Unit Account
  44. Head Clerk
  45. Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant
  46. Apprentice
  47. General Staff Officer (G 1)
  48. Adjutant Staff Officer (A 1)
  49. Quartermaster Staff Officer (Q 1)
  50. Assistant Judge Advocate General (Judge 1)


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.

Flag of the Myanmar Army.svg

Myanmar Army

Senior General.gif
Vice Senior General Tatmadaw (Final).gif
Vice Senior General.gif
Lieutenant General.gif
Major General Tatmadaw.gif
Brigadier General Tatmadaw.gif
Burmese title ဗိုလ်ချုပ်မှူးကြီး ဒုတိယ ဗိုလ်ချုပ်မှူးကြီး ဗိုလ်ချုပ်ကြီး ဒုတိယ ဗိုလ်ချုပ်ကြီး ဗိုလ်ချုပ် ဗိုလ်မှူးချုပ်
MLC TS Bo Gyoke Hmu Gyi Du Bo Gyoke Hmu Gyi Bo Gyoke Kyee Du Bo Gyoke Kyee Bo Gyoke Bo Hmu Gyoke
Abbreviation ဗခမက ဒုဗခမက ဗခက ဒုဗခက ဗခ ဗမခ
Western Version Senior general Vice senior general General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier general
UK equivalent Field marshal nil General Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier
NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6

Myanmar Army

Colonel Tatmadaw.gif
Lieutenant Colonel Tatmadaw.gif
Major Tatmadaw.gif
Captain Tatmadaw.gif
Lieutenant 1st Class Tatmadaw.gif
Lieutenant 2nd Class Tatmadaw.gif
Burmese title ဗိုလ်မှူးကြီး ဒုတိယ ဗိုလ်မှူးကြီး ဗိုလ်မှူး ဗိုလ်ကြီး ဗိုလ် ဒုတိယ ဗိုလ်
MLC TS Bo Hmu Gyi Du Bo Hmu Gyi Bo Hmu Bo Gyi Bo Du Bo
Abbreviation ဗမက ဒုဗမက ဗမ ဗက ဒုဗ
Western Version Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second lieutenant
UK equivalent Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second lieutenant
NATO Code OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1

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 Master Sergeant are refer to as Sayar Gyi, literally meaning "Old Teacher", 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.


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
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


  1. ^ Defence Services Historical and Research Institute