Botswana military ranks and insignia

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Ranks and Insignia BDF Ranks

The Botswana Ground Force and the Botswana Air Force maintain the same rank system, which is loosely based on British or Commonwealth ranks systems. In an unusual arrangement, warrant officers in the BGF are considered to be enlisted, and rank with NCOs. The ranks are as follows:


  • Recruit
  • Private
  • Lance corporal
  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Staff sergeant
  • Warrant officer II
  • Warrant officer I
  • Regiment/battalion sergeant major
  • Brigade sergeant major
  • Major command sergeant major
  • Force sergeant major


  • Officer cadet
  • Junior under officer
  • Under officer
  • Senior under officer
  • Second lieutenant
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Major
  • Lieutenant colonel
  • Colonel
  • Brigadier
  • Major general
  • Lieutenant general