Common anglophone military ranks
Navies Armies Air forces
Admiral of the fleet Marshal /field marshal Marshal ofthe Air Force
Admiral General Air marshal
Commodore Brigadier Air commodore
Captain Colonel Group captain
Commander Lieutenant colonel Wing commander
Lieutenantcommander Major /commandant Squadronleader
Lieutenant Captain Flight lieutenant
Sub-lieutenant Lieutenant Flying officer
Ensign 2nd lieutenant Pilot officer
Midshipman Officer cadet Officer cadet
Seamen, soldiers and airmen
Warrant officer Sergeant major Warrant officer
Petty officer Sergeant Sergeant
Leading seaman Corporal Corporal
Seaman Private Aircraftman

Lieutenant general is a military rank used in many countries. The rank traces its origins to the Middle Ages where the title of lieutenant general was held by the second in command on the battlefield, who was normally subordinate to a captain general.[citation needed]

In modern armies, lieutenant general normally ranks immediately below general and above major general; it is equivalent to the navy rank of vice admiral, and in air forces with a separate rank structure, it is equivalent to air marshal. A lieutenant general heads up an army corps, made up of typically three army divisions, and consisting of around 60,000 soldiers.

The term major general is a shortened version of the previous term sergeant major general, which was also subordinate to lieutenant general. This is why a lieutenant general outranks a major general, whereas a major is senior to a lieutenant.

In many countries, the rank of corps general has replaced the earlier rank of lieutenant general (e.g. France, Italy). (The ranks of corps general and lieutenant colonel general are intended to solve the apparent lieutenant general / major general anomaly). However, for convenience, this is often translated into English as lieutenant general.

In Argentina, lieutenant general is the highest army rank in use. The highest rank is theoretically captain-general, but it is not used in deference of liberator José de San Martín, the first and only captain general of the Argentine army.

The Irish defence forces Chief of Staff is a lieutenant general as the force is too small to require a higher rank


[hide] *1 Lieutenant general ranks by country

[edit] Lieutenant general ranks by countryEdit

[edit] Army ranksEdit

(Australian Army)

  • [2]Generalleutnant

(Austrian Army)

(Belgian Land Component)

(Royal Danish Army)


(Finnish Army)

(German Army)

(Egyptian Army)

(Greek Army)

(Hungarian Army)

  • [12]Lieutenant general (India)
  • [13]Luitenant-generaal

(Royal Netherlands Army)

  • [14]Generalløytnant

(Royal Norwegian Army)

(Pakistan Army)

(Sri Lankan Army)

(Swedish Army)

(Royal Thai Army)

(British Army)

(United States Army)

[edit] Air Force ranksEdit

  • [22]Lieutenant-general (Canada)
  • [23]Generalløjtnant

(Royal Danish Air Force)

(Finnish Air Force)

  • [25]Luitenant-Generaal

(Royal Netherlands Air Force)

(United States Air Force)

[edit] Lieutenant general equivalent ranksEdit

[edit] Other Lieutenant general ranksEdit

[edit] See alsoEdit

[edit] ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Officers' rank insignia, British Army Website. Retrieved 2008-10-25.
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