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Lieutenant colonel ( or ) 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. In the United States Air Force, the term 'light bird' or 'light bird colonel' (as opposed to a 'full 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

The following articles deal with the rank of lieutenant colonel (or its equivalent) * Lieutenant-colonel (Canada) * Lieutenant colonel (United Kingdom) * Lieutenant colonel (United States) * Lieutenant-colonel (France)

Lieutenant colonel equivalents

* Azerbaijan – Polkovnik leytenant * Afghanistan — ''Dagarman'' (دګرمن) * Arab world — ''Moqaddam'' (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 Vorasenito'' (លោកវរសេនីយ៍ទោ) * Colombia — ''Teniente Coronel'' * Croatia – ''Potpukovnik'' * 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'' ** Nazi Germany — ''Obersturmbannführer'' (only in the SS) * Georgia – Vice-colonel (''vitse-polkovniki'') * Greece — ''Antisyntagmatarkhis'' *Honduras — ''Teniente Coronel'' * Hungary — ''Alezredes'' *India ― Lieutenant Colonel * Indonesia — ''Letnan kolonel'' (abbreviated ''Letkol'') * 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 countries — ''Teniente coronel'' * Sri Lanka - Lieutenant Colonel * Sweden — ''Överstelöjtnant'' * Switzerland — ''Oberstleutnant'' (German language), ''Lieutenant-colonel'' (French language) * Thailand — พันโท * Turkey — ''Yarbay'' * Ukraine — Підполковник (''Pidpolkovnyk'') * Vietnam — ''Trung Tá''

Gallery



Army

File:Bangladesh-army-OF-4.svg|Bangladesh Army
(''Lieutenant Colonel'') File:Army-BEL-OF-04.svg|Belgian Army
(''Lieutenant Colonel'') File:Bosnia_and_Herzegovina_Colonel_Insignia.svg|Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina
(''Potpukovnik'') File:Tenente-Coronel-V.gif|Brazilian Army
(''Tenente Coronel'') File:British Army OF-4.svg|British Army
(''Lieutenant Colonel'') File:Cdn-Army-LtCol(OF-4)-2014 - Copy.svg|Canadian Army
(''Lieutenant Colonel'') File:Rank_insignia_of_oberstløjnant_of_the_Royal_Danish_Army.svg|Danish Army
(''Oberstløjtnant'') File:Army France OF4 V.png|French Army
(''Lieutenant Colonel'') File:OF04 Heer.png|German Army
(''Oberstleutnant'') File:Lieutenant_Colonel_of_the_Indian_Army.svg| Indian Army (''Lieutenant Colonel'') File:IT-Army-OF4.svg|Italian Army
Tenente colonnello file:Norway-army-OF-4.svg|Norwegian Army
(''Oberstløytant'') File:PA LTC Svc.svg|Philippine Army
(''Kalakan/Teniente coronel'') File:17 - Tenente-coronel.svg|Portuguese Army
(''Tenente Coronel'') File:13-Serbian_Army-LTC.svg|Serbian Army
(''Potpukovnik'') File:Spain-Army-OF-4.svg|Spanish Army
(''Teniente Coronel'') File:UA shoulder mark 16.svg|
Ukrainian Army
(''Pidpolkovnik/Підполковник'')
File:US Army O5 (Army greens).svg|United States Army
(''Lieutenant Colonel'') File:TCNELEJB-GNB.png|Venezuela File:Nl-landmacht-luitenant_kolonel.svg |Royal Netherlands Army
(''Luitenant-Kolonel'')


Air Force

File:Norway-air force-OF-4.svg|Norwegian Air Force
(''Oberstløytant'') File:PAF LTC Svc.svg|Philippine Air Force
(''Kalakan/Teniente Coronel'')


See also

*Comparative military ranks *Canadian Forces ranks and insignia *British Army officer rank insignia *United States Army officer rank insignia


Notes





References




External links

{{Authority control Category:Military ranks Category:Military ranks of Singapore