Lieutenant colonel

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Lieutenant colonel (UK: /lɛfˈtɛnənt ˈkɜːrnəl/ or US: /lˈtɛnənt ˈkɜːrnəl/) is a rank of commissioned officer in the armies, most marine forces and some air forces of the world, above a major and below a colonel. Several police forces in the United States use the rank of lieutenant colonel. The rank of lieutenant colonel is often shortened to simply "colonel" in conversation and in unofficial correspondence. Sometimes, the term 'half-colonel' is used in casual conversation in the British Army.[1] In the United States Air Force, the term 'light bird' or 'light bird colonel' is an acceptable casual reference to the rank but is never used directly towards the rank holder. A lieutenant colonel is typically in charge of a battalion or regiment in the army.

Lieutenant colonel ranks by country[edit]

The following articles deal with the rank of lieutenant colonel (or its equivalent)

Lieutenant colonel equivalents[edit]

  • Azerbaijan – Polkovnik leytenant
  • Afghanistan — Dagarman (دګرمن)
  • Arab worldMoqaddam (مقدم)
  • Albania — Nënkolonel
  • Argentina – Teniente Coronel
  • Armenia — Pokhgndapet (փոխգնդապետ)
  • Austria — Oberstleutnant
  • Belgium — Lieutenant-colonel (French language), Luitenant-kolonel (Dutch language)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina — Potpukovnik
  • Brazil — Tenente-coronel
  • Chile – Teniente Coronel
  • Bulgaria — Podpolkovnik
  • Canada — Lieutenant-colonel (French language)
  • Cambodia — Lok Vorsenito (លោកវរសេនីយ៍ទោ)
  • Colombia — Teniente Coronel
  • Croatia – Podpukovnik
  • Czech Republic — Podplukovník
  • People's Republic of China — 中校 (Zhōng xiào)
  • Republic of China (Taiwan) — 中校 (Zhōng xiào)
  • Denmark — Oberstløjtnant
  • Estonia — Kolonelleitnant
  • Ethiopia — Lieutenant koronel
  • Finland — Everstiluutnantti, Överstelöjtnant
  • France — Lieutenant-colonel
  • Germany — Oberstleutnant
  • Georgia – Vice-colonel (vitse-polkovniki)
  • Greece — Antisyntagmatarkhis
  • Honduras — Teniente Coronel
  • Hungary — Alezredes
  • India ― Lieutenant Colonel
  • Indonesia — Letnan kolonel (abbreviated Letkol)[a]
  • Iran — Sarhang dovom (سرهنگ دوم)
  • Israel — Sgan aluf (סגן-אלוף / סא״ל)
  • Italy — Tenente colonnello
  • Japan — Ni sa (二佐)
  • North Korea — Jungjwa (중좌)
  • South Korea — Jungryung (중령)
  • Latvia — Pulkvežleitnants
  • Lithuania — Pulkininkas leitenantas
  • Macedonia – Потполковник (Potpolkovnik)
  • Malaysia – Leftenan-Kolonel
  • Malta — Logotenent kurunell
  • Mongolia — Дэд Хурандаа (Ded Khurandaa)
  • Netherlands — Luitenant-kolonel
  • Norway — Oberstløytnant
  • Pakistan – Lieutenant Colonel
  • Philippines — Kalakan (Tagalog), Teniente Coronel (Spanish)
  • Poland — Podpułkownik
  • Portugal — Tenente-coronel
  • Romania — Locotenent colonel
  • Russia — Podpolkovnik
  • Serbia — Potpukovnik
  • Slovakia — Podplukovník
  • Slovenia — Podpolkovnik
  • Somalia — Gaashaanle Dhexe
  • South Africa — Commandant/kommandant (1950–1994); Lieutenant-colonel or Luitenant-kolonel (Afrikaans language: pre-1950 and post-1994)
  • Spain and some Spanish speaking countriesTeniente coronel
  • Sri Lanka - Lieutenant Colonel[3]
  • Sweden — Överstelöjtnant
  • Switzerland — Oberstleutnant (German language), Lieutenant-colonel (French language)
  • Thailand — พันโท
  • Turkey — Yarbay
  • Ukraine — Pidpolkovnyk
  • Vietnam — Trung Tá

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All Indonesian military services share the same rank name and insignia – i.e. two gold jasmine buds. A lieutenant colonel in the Army usually has a billet as battalion commander, regiment / brigade chief of staff, headquarters staff, department head, or commander of any unit that has the same level as battalion. In the Navy, the common billet is ship's commanding officer, squadron commander, shore department head or staff position. In the Air Force, it has the billet of squadron commander of battalion commander of Air Force Special Force's Corps. In the Marine Corps, usual billet is infantry battalion commander or infantry brigade's chief of staff, although it can command an artillery or cavalry regiment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ LTC Keith E. Bonn, Army Officer's Guide, 50th Edition, p. 14. Mechanicsville, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 2005.
  2. ^ British Army website Archived 15 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Military ranks and insignia of the Sri Lanka Army", Wikipedia, 17 May 2020, retrieved 3 August 2020

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