List of Iranian two-star generals since 1979

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Artesh rank insignia for Sarlashkar
IRGC rank insignia for Sarlashkar
Rank insignia of two-star officers in the IRIA (left) and the IRGC (right).

There are currently 13 two-star officers in the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran: 4 with the regular army (Artesh) background, 8 who served in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and one with no previous service.

Although the ranks of General (Arteshbod) and Lieutenant general (Sepahbod) exist in Iran by the book, the highest military rank practically available to active duty personnel of the Iranian Armed Forces during Islamic Republic era had been two-star rank of Major general (Sarlashgar) and its naval equivalent Rear admiral (Daryaban).[1]

While Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps did not use military ranks until 1991,[2] the Islamic Republic of Iran Army was mainly headed by mere colonels until the first post-revolutionary promotion ceremony of its personnel to general ranks in May 1987, in which Qasem-Ali Zahirnejad was the only one promoted to two-star rank.[3] No two-star general has ever served in the Law Enforcement Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Current two-star generals[edit]

No. Portrait Name Service Branch Date of rank Pos. Yrs. CY
Active duty officeholders
1 No image.png Gholam Ali Rashid IRGC Ground Force 18 April 1999[4]
19 19
2 Ali Shamkhani by Tasnim 01 (cropped).jpg Ali Shamkhani IRGC Navy (2013–present) 19 18
IRIA
3 General Ataollah Salehi and General Salimi (cropped).jpg Ataollah Salehi IRIA Ground Force Unknown Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army (2005–2017) Unknown
4 MG Hosein Hasani Sadi 2016(cropped) ).jpg Hossein Hassani Sa'di IRIA Ground Force Unknown Deputy Commander of the Khatam-al Anbiya HQ (2016–present) Unknown
5 Sardar Mohammad Ali Jafari By Tasninews (cropped) 1.jpg Mohammad Ali Jafari IRGC Ground Force 3 September 2007[5] Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (2007–present) 11 26
6 سرلشکر محمد باقری رئیس جدید ستاد کل نیروهای مسلح-۳ (1) (2).jpg Mohammad Bagheri IRGC Ground Force c. 2008 Chief of the Armed Forces General Staff (2016–present) 10 29
7 Mostafa Izadi February 2016.jpg Mostafa Izadi IRGC Ground Force Strategic Depty Chief of the Armed Forces General Staff 10 29
8 Qasem Soleiman in NAC conference (cropped).jpg Qassem Soleimani IRGC Quds Force 24 January 2011[6] Commander of the Quds Force (1998–present) 7 32
9 Sayyed abd-o-Rrahim Mousavi (2)).jpg Abdolrahim Mousavi IRIA Ground Force 21 August 2017[7] Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army (2017–present) 1 38
Advisor-level generals
1 Ali Shahbazi.jpg Ali Shahbazi IRIA Ground Force 18 February 1991[8] Chief-of-Staff/Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army (1988–2000) 9 31
2 Mohsen Rezaee - 4.jpg Mohsen Rezaei IRGC N/A Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (1981–1997) 6 11
3 فیروزآبادی.jpg Hassan Firouzabadi N/A 17 April 1995[9] Chief of the Armed Forces General Staff (1989–2016) 21 6
4 Yahya Rahim Safavi in IES congress.jpg Yahya Rahim Safavi IRGC Ground Force 10 September 1997 Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (1997–2007) 10 18

Deceased two-star generals[edit]

No. Portrait Name Service Branch Date of rank Pos. Yrs. CY
1 Qasem-Ali Zahirnejad.jpg Qasem-Ali Zahirnejad IRIA Ground Force 8 May 1987[3] Unknown 2 29
2 Ali Sayad Shirazi 4.jpg Ali Sayad Shirazi IRIA Ground Force 5 April 1999 Depty Chief of the Armed Forces General Staff (1993–1999) 0 35
3 Commander in Chief Mohammad Salimi (cropped).jpg Mohammad Salimi IRIA Ground Force 21 May 2000[10] Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army (2000–2005) 5 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kevjn Lim (2015), "National Security Decision-Making in Iran" (PDF), Comparative Strategy, Taylor & Francis Group (34): 149–168, doi:10.1080/01495933.2015.1017347 
  2. ^ Ward, Steven R. (2014). Immortal, Updated Edition: A Military History of Iran and Its Armed Forces. Georgetown University Press. p. 304. ISBN 9781626160651. 
  3. ^ a b Homa Omid (2016), Islam and the Post-Revolutionary State in Iran, Springer, p. 120, ISBN 9781349232468 
  4. ^ "Leader Gives Promotion Tablet of Martyr Sayad Shirazi to his Son", Islamic Republic News Agency, 18 April 1999, retrieved 5 October 2017 – via Khamenei.de 
  5. ^ Alfoneh, Ali (September 2008). "What Do Structural Changes in the Revolutionary Guards Mean?" (PDF). Middle Eastern Outlooks. 7. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Alfoneh, Ali (March 2011). "Iran's Secret Network: Major General Qassem Suleimani's Inner Circle" (PDF). Middle Eastern Outlooks. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Khamenei Appoints New Army Commander", Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 22 August 2017, retrieved 5 October 2017 
  8. ^ "Granting Military Ranks to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Commanders", leader.ir (in Persian), 18 February 1991, retrieved 5 October 2017 
  9. ^ "The Ceremont to Grant the Rank of Major General to Dr. Seyyed Hassan Firouzabadi", leader.ir (in Persian), 17 April 1995, retrieved 5 October 2017 
  10. ^ "Supreme Leader Appoints New Military Commander", Kuwait News Agency, 21 May 2000, retrieved 5 October 2017