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Brigadier
Brigadier
/brɪɡəˈdɪər/ is a military rank, the seniority of which depends on the country. In some countries, it is a senior rank above colonel, equivalent to a brigadier general, typically commanding a brigade of several thousand soldiers. In other countries, it is a non-commissioned rank (e.g. Spain, Italy, France, the Netherlands
Netherlands
and the Indonesian Police ranks).

Contents

1 Senior officer rank

1.1 Austria-Hungary 1.2 British tradition 1.3 France 1.4 Latin America 1.5 Spain

2 Junior officer rank

2.1 United Kingdom

3 Non-commissioned rank

3.1 France 3.2 Indonesia 3.3 Italy 3.4 Netherlands 3.5 Spain

4 See also 5 References

Senior officer rank Austria-Hungary As the head of the Polish Legions fighting on the Austrio-Hungarian side in World War I, Józef Piłsudski
Józef Piłsudski
was given the rank of Brigadier that otherwise did not exist in the Austro-Hungarian military. British tradition See also: Brigadier
Brigadier
(United Kingdom) In many countries, especially those formerly part of the British Empire, a brigadier is either the highest field rank or most junior general appointment, nominally commanding a brigade. It ranks above colonel and below major general. The rank is used by the British Army, the Royal Marines, the Australian Army, the Indian Army, the Sri Lankan Army, the New Zealand Army, the Pakistan Army
Pakistan Army
and several others. Although it is not always considered a general officer rank, it is always considered equivalent to the brigadier general and brigade general rank of other countries. In NATO
NATO
forces, brigadier is OF-6 on the rank scale.

Australia

Sri Lanka

India

Pakistan

"The grade of brigadier-general, also called, almost interchangeably, brigadier, first appeared in the British army during the reign of King James II. A warrant of 1705 placed the grade directly below major-general, but the appointment was always considered temporary and not continuous. The British were ambiguous over whether the holder was considered a general officer or a senior field grade office".[1] The title is derived from the equivalent British rank of brigadier-general, used until 1922 and still used in many countries. "Brigadier" was already in use as a generic term for a commander of a brigade irrespective of specific rank. Until the rank was dissolved in 1922, brigadier-generals wore a crossed sword and baton symbol on its own. From 1922-28, the British rank title used was that of colonel-commandant, with one crown and three 'pips', a rank which, although reflecting its modern role in the British Army
British Army
as a senior colonel rather than a junior general, was not well received and was replaced with brigadier after six years. Colonel-commandant was only ever used for officers commanding brigades, depots or training establishments. Officers holding equivalent rank in administrative appointments were known as "colonels on the staff", also replaced by brigadier in 1928. Colonel-commandants and colonels on the staff wore the same rank badge later adopted by brigadiers.[2] Until shortly after World War II, brigadier was an appointment conferred on colonels (as commodore was an appointment conferred on naval captains) rather than a substantive rank.[2] In Commonwealth countries, and most Arabic-speaking countries (in which the rank is called amid), the rank insignia comprises a crown (or some other national symbol) with three stars,[3] (sometimes called "pips"), which are often arranged in a triangle. A brigadier's uniform may also have red gorget patches. It is otherwise similar to that of a colonel (colonel's rank insignia have a crown/emblem with two stars/"pips".)[citation needed] The Canadian Army
Canadian Army
used the rank of brigadier (following British tradition, with identical insignia) until the unification of the Canadian Forces
Canadian Forces
in 1968. The rank then became brigadier-general with the insignia of St. Edward's Crown
St. Edward's Crown
surmounting a crossed sword and baton over one gold maple leaf.[citation needed] France Until 1788, a rank of brigadier des armées ("brigadier of the armies"), which could be described as a senior colonel or junior brigade commander, was used in the French Army. The normal brigade command rank was field marshal (maréchal de camp) (which elsewhere is a more senior rank). During the French Revolution, the ranks of brigadier des armées and maréchal de camp were replaced by brigade general (général de brigade). In common with many countries, France
France
now uses the officer rank of brigade general instead of a "brigadier" rank; this was the rank held by Charles de Gaulle. The brigadier des armées held a one-star insignia,[4] while the général de brigade inherited the maréchal de camp two-stars insignia. The disparition of the brigadier rank is the reason that there is no one-star insignia in the French Army. Latin America Many countries in South and Central America
Central America
were formerly Spanish or Portuguese (Brazil) possessions. Brigadier
Brigadier
[-general] is used in Latin America, in the normal sense of brigade commander rank (e.g. Colombia, Chile), although most Latin American nations instead use the rank of brigade general. In Mexico, brigadier general is the rank below brigade general, both ranks falling between colonel and divisional general. However, both the Argentine and Brazilian Air Forces use a curious system of variations on brigadier for all (Argentina) or most (Brazil) general officers. The origin of this system is not entirely clear, but in the case of Argentina
Argentina
may be due to army air units being commanded by brigade generals before the establishment of the Air Force as an independent armed force. In the Argentine Air Force
Argentine Air Force
these ranks are, in decreasing order of seniority:

Brigadier-general
Brigadier-general
(the highest rank, equivalent to the army's lieutenant-general and the navy's admiral) Brigadier-mayor ("brigadier-major", equivalent to the army's divisional general and the navy's vice-admiral) Brigadier
Brigadier
(equivalent to the army's brigade general and the navy's rear-admiral)

In the Brazilian Air Force
Brazilian Air Force
these ranks are, in decreasing order of seniority:

Tenente-brigadeiro ("lieutenant-brigadier", equivalent to almirante-de-esquadra (squadron admiral) and general de exército (general of the army)). Major-brigadeiro ("major-brigadier", equivalent to vice-almirante (vice admiral) and general de divisão (divisional general)) Brigadeiro ("brigadier", equivalent to contra-almirante (rear admiral) and general de brigada (brigade general))

Above these is the highest Brazilian Air Force
Brazilian Air Force
rank of marshal of the air, used only in wartime[citation needed]. Spain The rank of a brigadier[5] was established by Felipe V
Felipe V
in 1702 as an intermediate rank between colonel and true generals. In some Iberoamerican
Iberoamerican
republics (see below), the rank survived after independence. In Spain, brigadiers came to be considered full generals in 1871, and in 1889 they were renamed general de brigada.The historical rank is distinct from the current NCO rank of brigada, although sometimes translators confuse the two. The name has survived as a cadet rank at the Spanish Naval Academy. Junior officer rank United Kingdom In the UK, brigadier and sub-brigadier were formerly subaltern ranks in the Royal Horse Guards.[6][when?] Non-commissioned rank Brigadier
Brigadier
also exists as a non-commissioned rank. This usage derives from the use of "brigade" to denote a squad or team, similar to the occasional English civilian usage "work brigade". France In France, and some countries whose forces were structured based on the method used in France, some branches of the army and the gendarmerie use brigadier for a rank equivalent to caporal (corporal), and brigadier-chef for a rank equivalent to caporal-chef. Brigadier
Brigadier
is used by arms of the army that are by tradition considered "mounted" arms, such as logistics or cavalry units. A similar usage exists elsewhere. In the French gendamerie, the brigadier ranks are used as in the army, i.e. as junior enlisted ranks (gradés), while the French police use brigadier ranks as their sub-officer (sous-officier) ranks. Since all professional police and gendarmes have sub-officer status in France, the gendarmerie brigadier ranks are rarely used, since they are used only by auxiliaries. On the other hand, the police brigadier ranks, which are used to indicate professional ranks, are common. In the French gendarmerie and in "mounted" arms of the French army, the brigadier ranks are:

Brigadier
Brigadier
(brigadier) (OR-3) Brigadier-chef (chief brigadier) (OR-4)

In the French National Police, the sub-officer variations are used for non-commissioned officers are:

Sous-brigadier (OR-6, equal to gendarmerie maréchal-des-logis-chef) Brigadier
Brigadier
(OR-8, equal to gendarmerie adjudant) Brigadier-chef (OR-9, equal to gendarmerie adjudant-chef) Brigadier-major (OR-9, equal to gendarmerie major)

Indonesia Main article: Indonesian National Police
Indonesian National Police
§ Ranks See also: Police rank § Indonesia

In the Indonesian National Police
Indonesian National Police
force, this rank is referred to as the Constable
Constable
ranks in the regular police units. It is equivalent to the "sergeant" rank in the military. This rank is the most junior rank in the regular police units of Indonesia but is above the enlisted ranks (Tamtama) of the special police units such as in the Mobile Brigade
Brigade
corps and water police units. This rank is below the "Assistant inspector" (Ajun Inspektur Polisi) ranks. The police Brigadier
Brigadier
ranks are as shown below:

Brigadir Polisi Kepala, abbreviated Bripka (Chief Police Brigadier) Brigadir Polisi, not abbreviated (Police Brigadier) Brigadir Polisi Satu, abbreviated Briptu (First Police Brigadier) Brigadir Polisi Dua, abbreviated Bripda (Second Police Brigadier)

In addition, Police Brigadier
Brigadier
General
General
(Brigadir Jenderal Polisi) and Brigadier
Brigadier
General
General
(Brigadir Jenderal) are general officer ranks in the Indonesian police and Army respectively. Italy In the Italian Carabinieri
Carabinieri
and Guardia di Finanza, the ranks of vice-brigadier (vice brigadiere), brigadier (brigadiere), and chief brigadier (brigadiere capo) correspond roughly to the army ranks based on sergeant. The rank of brigade general (generale di brigata) is used throughout the armed forces as the most junior general rank, and corresponds to the British rank title of brigadier. Netherlands Brigadier
Brigadier
is traditionally the most senior non-commissioned rank in some Netherlands
Netherlands
police forces, for example the Korps landelijke politiediensten and Gemeentepolitie. The rank has been continued by the National Police Corps (Korps Nationale Politie) into which the previous forces merged in 2013. The Royal Marechaussee
Royal Marechaussee
do not use this rank. Spain In Spain, a brigada has a NATO
NATO
rank code of OR-8 (and is thus a senior NCO). The Spanish rank brigada is distinct from the Spanish-language brigadier [-general] used for senior officers in Latin America
Latin America
(and historically in Spain). See also

List of comparative military ranks

References

^ The Brigade: A History: Its Organization and Employment in the US Army, Chapter 1, Brigades in the Continental Army, Brigades and Brigadier-Generals, pp. 8-9. http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/cgsc/carl/download/csipubs/Brigade-AHistory.pdf. Retrieved 21 December 2016. ^ a b "New Army Rank of Brigadier", The Times, 23 December 1997. ^ In Britain, Australia, and many other Commonwealth and ex-Commonwealth countries, these are Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
stars. ^ Les grades dans l’armée de terre Archived December 4, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Cañete Paez, Francisco Angel : El brigadier. Empleo atípico en el generalato español de los siglos XVIII Y XIX : Revista Arbil: nº 105 ^ Murray, L. (1821). The Young Man's Best Companion, and Book of General
General
Knowledge.

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