Military ranks of Bolivia

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The Armed Forces of Bolivia has four main branches: Army, Navy, Air Force and the National Police Force. Each of the four branches has a similar structure,[1] each having four pay grades: non-commissioned officers, senior non-commissioned officers, commissioned officers and general staff. However, the SNCO roles vary depending on the branch; some of these hold specialisations.

Army[edit]

The Army trains all its personnel in the following:

  • Army NCO School, Sucre
  • Military College of Bolivia, La Paz

Officer ranks[edit]

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
Bolivia Bolivia
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No equivalent General De Fuerza (LTGEN).gif General De Division (MAJGEN).gif General De Brigada (Brig).gif No equivalent Coronel (COL).gif Teniente Coronel (LTCOL).gif Mayor (MJR).gif Captain (CPT).gif Teniente (1LT).gif Subteniente (2LT).gif Unknown
Army General
General De Ejercito
Divisional General
General De División
Brigade General
General De Brigada
Colonel
Coronel
Lieutenant-Colonel
Teniente Coronel
Major
Mayor
Captain
Captáin
First Lieutenant
Teniente
Second Lieutenant
Subteniente

Enlisted ranks[edit]

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Bolivia Bolivia
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Sub-Oficial Maestre (CSGTMAJ).gif Sub-Oficial Mayor (SGTMAJ).gif Sub-Oficial 1 (MSGT).gif Sub-Oficial 2 (SFC).gif Sub-Oficial Inicial (SSGT).gif Sargento 1 (SGT).gif Sargento 2 (CPL).gif Cabo (PFC).gif No equivalent No insignia
Master Warrant Officer
Sub-Oficial Maestre
Warrant Officer Major
Sub-Oficial Mayor
Warrant Officer
1st Class

Sub-Oficial 1°
Warrant Officer
2nd Class

Sub-Oficial 2°
Junior Warrant Officer
Sub-Oficial Inicial
Sergeant 1st Class
Sergento 1°
Sergeant 2nd Class
Sargento 2°
Corporal
Cabo
Private
Soldado

Navy[edit]

Despite being a landlocked country, Bolivia has a large quantity of rivers and lakes which the majority of their naval operations take place on, one example of this is Lake Titicaca,[2] which is shared between Bolivia and Peru.

The Navy, unlike the other three branches, has different specialisations for the NCOs and SNCOs once they reach the rank of 'seaman'. Once a specialisation has been achieved, the sailors' insignia will be adjusted slightly, to make his/her profession more visible. Those corps are as follows:

  • Machinist Corps
  • Medical Corps
  • Divers Corps
  • Logistics Corps
  • Quartermasters Corps
  • Signals Corps
Insignia
Bolivian Machinist Corps NCO.png
Bolivian Machinist Corps SNCO.png
Bolivian Medical Corps.png
Bolivian Divers Corps.png
Bolivian Logistics Corps.png
Bolivian Quartermasters Corps.png
Bolivian Signals Corps.png
Paygrade NCO SNCO Both Both Both Both Both
Corps Machinist Medical Divers Logistics Quartermasters Signals

Any rank between Seaman and Master Chief Petty Officer can have a specialisation as part of their regular rank insignia, the only corps where the insignia varies is within the Machinist Corps, where both NCO and SNCO have a different insignia, this also helps determine their qualifications and what they are responsible for.

The most Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer, holds no specific specialisation but once would have as he/she would have had to work their way up through the NCO and SNCO ranks of the Navy itself. This sailor would also be the overseer of each of the Corps, ensuring that this branch's members are fully trained and equipped.

Officer ranks[edit]

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
Bolivia Bolivia
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No equivalent Generic-Navy-(star)-O11.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O10.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O9.svg No equivalent Generic-Navy-(star)-O7.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O5.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O4.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O3.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O2.svg Chile Navy OF-1b.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O0.svg
Almirante Vicealmirante Contraalmirante Capitán de Navío Capitán de Fragata Capitán de Corbeta Alférez de Navio Alférez de Fragata Alférez de Corbeta Alférez

Enlisted ranks[edit]

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Bolivia Bolivia
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Sub-Oficial Maestre (Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer).gif Sub-Oficial Mayor (Master Chief Petty Officer).png Sub-Oficial Primero (Senior Chief Petty Officer).png Sub-Oficial Segundo (Chief Petty Officer).png Sub-Oficial Inicial (Petty Officer 1st Class).png Sargento Primero (Petty Officer 2rd Class).png Sargento Segundo (Petty Officer 3rd Class).png Marinero.png Marinero De Primera (Seaman Apprentice).gif Marinero De Segunda (Seaman Recruit).gif
Sub-Oficial Maestre Sub-Oficial Mayor Sub-Oficial Primero Sub-Oficial Segundo Sub-Oficial Inicial Sargento Primero Sargento Segundo Marinero Marinero de Primero Marinero de Segunda

Air Force[edit]

Officer ranks[edit]

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
Bolivia Bolivia
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No equivalent General De Fuerza Aeréa (Lieutenant General).gif General De División Aeréa (Major General).gif General De Brigada Aeréa (Brigadier).gif No equivalent Coronel De Avación (Colonel).gif Teniente Coronel De Avación (Lieutenant Colonel).gif Mayor De Avación (Major).gif Captáin De Avación (Captain).gif Teniente De Avación (First Lieutenant).gif Subteniente De Avación (Second Lieutenant).gif Unknown
Army General
General De Fuerza Aeréa
Divisional General
General De División Aeréa
Brigade General
General De Brigada Aeréa
Colonel
Coronel Aviador
Lieutenant-Colonel
Teniente Coronel Aviador
Major
Mayor Aviador
Captain
Captáin Aviador
First Lieutenant
Teniente Aviador
Second Lieutenant
Subteniente Aviador

Enlisted ranks[edit]

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Bolivia Bolivia
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Sub-Oficial Maestre (Command Chief Master Sergeant).gif Sub-Oficial Mayor (Chief Master Sergeant).gif Sub-Oficial 1 (Senior Master Sergeant).gif Sub-Oficial 2 (Master Sergeant).gif Sub-Oficial Inicial (Technical Sergeant).gif Sargento 1(Staff Sergeant).gif Sargento 2 (Sergeant).gif Cabo (Airman 1st Class).gif Dragoneante (Airman).gif No equivalent
Master Warrant Officer
Sub-Oficial Maestre
Warrant Officer Major
Sub-Oficial Mayor
Warrant Officer
1st Class

Sub-Oficial 1°
Warrant Officer
2nd Class

Sub-Oficial 2°
Junior Warrant Officer
Sub-Oficial Inicial
Sergeant 1st Class
Sergento 1°
Sergeant 2nd Class
Sargento 2°
Corporal
Cabo
Airman
Dragoneante

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pike, John. "Bolivian Uniforms and Insignia". www.globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Bolivia04-05 - Picture Pages". www.steiner7.com. Retrieved 2016-08-20.