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Lieutenant colonel is a rank of commissioned officer in the armies and most marine forces and some air forces of the world, typically ranking above a major and below a colonel. The rank of lieutenant colonel is often shortened to simply "colonel" in conversation and in unofficial correspondence.[1] A lieutenant colonel is typically in charge of a battalion in the army.

Lieutenant colonel ranks by countryEdit

The following articles deal with the rank of lieutenant colonel (or its equivalent)

Lieutenant colonel equivalentsEdit

  • Afghanistan — Dagarman (دګرمن)
  • Albania — Nënkolonel
  • ArmeniaPokhgndapet (փոխգնդապետ)
  • Austria — Oberstleutnant
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina — Podpukovnik
  • Bulgaria — Podpolkovnik
  • Colombia — Teniente Coronel
  • Croatia - Pukovnik
  • Czech RepublicPodplukovník
  • People's Republic of China — 中校
  • Republic of China (Taiwan) — 中校
  • Denmark — Oberstløjtnant
  • Egypt and Charter Arab League member countries — Moqaddem (مقدم)
  • Estonia — Kolonelleitnant
  • EthiopiaLieutenant koronel
  • Finland — Everstiluutnantti, Överstelöjtnant
  • Germany — Oberstleutnant (Nazi GermanyObersturmbannführer (only in the SS))
  • Georgia — Vice-colonel (vitse-polkovniki)
  • Greece — Antisyntagmatarkhis
  • Hungary — Alezredes
  • IndonesiaLetnan kolonel (abbreviated Letkol). All military services shares the same rank name and insignia, that is two gold jasmine buds. A lieutenant colonel in the Army usually has a billet as battalion commander, regiment/brigade chief of staff, headquarters staff, department head, or commanding any unit has the same level as battalion. In the Navy, the common billet is ship's commanding officer, squadron commander, shore department head or staff position. In the Air Force, it has the billet of squadron commander of battalion commander of Air Force Special Force's Corps. In the Marine Corps, usual billet is infantry battalion commander or infantry brigade's chief of staff, although it can command an artillery or cavalry regiment.
  • Iran — Sarhang dovom (سرهنگ دوم)
  • Israel — Sgan aluf (סגן-אלוף)
  • Italy — Tenente colonnello
  • Japannisa (2佐)
  • Korea, North — Jungjwa (중좌)
  • Korea, South — Jungryung (중령)
  • Latvia — Pulkvežleitnants
  • Lebanon — مقدم
  • Lithuania — Papulkininkis
  • Macedonia - Потполковник (Potpolkovnik)
  • Malta — Logotenent kurunell
  • Netherlands — Luitenant-kolonel
  • Norway — Oberstløytnant
  • Philippines — Tinyente koronel
  • Poland — Podpułkownik
  • Portugal, Brazil — Tenente-coronel
  • RomaniaLocotenent colonel
  • RussiaPodpolkovnik
  • Saudi Arabia — مقدم
  • Serbia — Potpukovnik
  • Slovakia — Podplukovník
  • Slovenia — Podpolkovnik
  • SomaliaGaashaanle Dhexe
  • South Africa — Commandant/kommandant (1950–1994); Lieutenant-colonel or Luitenant-kolonel (Afrikaans language: pre-1950 and post-1994)
  • Spain and some Spanish speaking countriesTeniente coronel
  • Sweden — Överstelöjtnant
  • Switzerland — Oberstleutnant (German language)
  • Thailand — พันโท
  • Turkey — Yarbay
  • Ukraine — Pidpolkovnyk
  • Vietnam — Trung Tá

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. LTC Keith E. Bonn, Army Officer's Guide, 50th Edition, p. 14. Mechanicsville, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 2005.
  2. British Army website

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