Military ranks and insignia of the Sri Lanka Army

The following tables present the military ranks and insignia of the Sri Lanka Army. These ranks generally correspond with those of Western or Commonwealth Nations militaries, and reflect those of the British Warrant Officer, Non Commissioned Officer and enlisted ranks and the Commissioned officer ranks. Sri Lanka does have the General rank, it was only awarded to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) or as an honorary rank until 2009. But after successfully finishing the LTTE terrorism, Former Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka was promoted to the rank of general in recognition of service done for eradicating terrorism from Sri Lanka. He became the nation's first-ever field marshal in 2015.

Commissioned officer ranks

NATO CodeOF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1Student Officer
 Sri Lanka
Title Field Marshal General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet
AbbreviationFMGenLt GenMaj GenBrigColLt ColMajCaptLt2LtOCdt

Warrant Officer, Non Commissioned Officer and enlisted ranks (Other Ranks)

 Sri Lanka No Equivalent No Insignia
Title Warrant Officer
1st Class
Warrant Officer
2nd Class
Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal
Lance Corporal
Lance Bombardier

See also


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