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Major
Major
is a military rank of commissioned officer status, with corresponding ranks existing in many military forces throughout the world.

Contents

1 Background 2 Links to major ranks by country

2.1 Insignia of air force majors 2.2 Insignia of army majors 2.3 Insignia of naval infantry majors

3 Ranks equivalent to major by country 4 See also 5 References

Background[edit] When used unhyphenated, in conjunction with no other indicators, major is one rank senior to that of an army captain, and one rank subordinate or below the rank of lieutenant colonel. It is considered the most junior of the field officer ranks.[1] Majors are typically assigned as specialised executive or operations officers for battalion-sized units of 300 to 1,200 soldiers.[citation needed] In some militaries, notably France and Ireland, the rank of major is referred to as commandant, while in others it is known as captain-major.[citation needed] When used in hyphenated or combined fashion, the term can also imply seniority at other levels of rank, including general-major or major general, denoting a low-level general officer, and sergeant major, denoting the most senior non-commissioned officer (NCO) of a military unit.[disputed – discuss][citation needed] The term major can also be used with a hyphen to denote the leader of a military band such as in pipe-major or drum-major. Historically, the rank designation develops in English in the 1640s, taken from French majeur, in turn a shortening of sergent-majeur, which at the time designated a higher rank than at present.[citation needed] The rank of major is also used in some police forces and other paramilitary rank structures, such as the Pennsylvania State Police, New York State Police, New Jersey State Police, and several others.[citation needed] As with a military major, this rank is most commonly the next rank above captain. The rank is equivalent to an inspector or commander in other large police departments or to the UK rank of superintendent.[citation needed] Links to major ranks by country[edit]

A United States Marine Corps
United States Marine Corps
officer being promoted from captain to major

Alphabetically sorted by name of country:

Major
Major
(Canada) Major
Major
(Czech Republic) Maggiore (Italy) Majuri (Finland) Major
Major
(Germany) Tagmatarchis (Greece) Major
Major
(India) Majoras (Lithuania) Mejar (Malaysia) Majoor (the Netherlands) Major
Major
(Pakistan) Major
Major
(Poland) Major
Major
(Slovenia) Major
Major
(Sri Lanka) Major
Major
(Sweden) Major
Major
(United Kingdom) Major
Major
(United States) Binbaşı
Binbaşı
(Turkey)

Insignia of air force majors[edit]

Argentina

Brazil

Croatia

Denmark

Georgia

Germany

Indonesia

Iran

Israel

Italy

Mexico

Netherlands

Poland

Portugal

Turkey

United States

Insignia of army majors[edit]

Australia

Bangladesh

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

Colombia

Croatia

Czech republic

Dominican Republic

Egypt

Estonia

Finland

Georgia

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Israel

Italy

Iran

Malaysia

Macedonia

Netherlands

Pakistan

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Sri Lanka

Switzerland

Taiwan

Thailand

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States

United States (September 1959 to October 2015)

Insignia of naval infantry majors[edit]

Israel

United Kingdom

United States Marine Corps

Indonesian Marine Corps

Ranks equivalent to major by country[edit] Alphabetically sorted by name of country or sovereign state

Jagran (جګړن) (Afghanistan) China

少校 (Shao xiao) (PR China) 少校 (Shaoxiao) (Republic of China/Taiwan)

Bojnik (Croatia) Ra'Ed (رائد) (Egypt and most Arab League member countries) Commandant (France) Germany:

Sturmbannführer
Sturmbannführer
( Schutzstaffel
Schutzstaffel
and paramilitary organisations of Nazi Germany)

Tagmatarchis (Ταγματάρχης) (Greece & Cyprus) Őrnagy (Hungary) Mayor
Mayor
(Indonesia) Sargord (سرگرد) (Iran) Commandant (Ireland) Rav seren (רב סרן) (Israel) 少佐 (Shousa) (Japan) Mejar (Malaysia) Хошууч (Mongolia) w:ko:소좌 (North Korea) Magat (Philippines) Major
Major
(Serbia) 소령 (South Korea) Comandante (Spain) Binbaşı
Binbaşı
(Turkey) Thiếu Tá (Vietnam)

Croatia (Bojnik)

Rav seren - Army
Army
(Israel)

Rav seren - Air Force (Israel)

Rav seren - Navy (Israel)

See also[edit]

List of comparative military ranks

References[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Majors.

^ " Army
Army
Major?". Military-Ranks.org - Serving America's Military. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 

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