Ranks of the Bangladesh Army

Bangladesh Army
Active 26 March 1971 – present
Country Bangladesh
Type Army
Size 300,000
Patron President
Anniversaries 26 March
21 February
16 December
Engagements Bangladesh Liberation War
Chief of Army Staff General Shafiul Haque[1]
Quartermaster General Lt Gen Jahangir A Choudhury
Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Anwar Hossain[2]
Lt Gen Ziaur Rahman[3]
Lt Gen H M Ershad

The Bangladesh Army (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ সেনা বাহিনী) is the land forces branch of the Military of Bangladesh.[4] The rank [5] structure of the Bangladesh Army is divided in two main parts: commissioned officers/officers and soldiers, officers have two categories of ranks one is known simply as officers and the other category is generals or general officers, on the other hand soldiers have three categories of ranks. Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and NCOs are enlisted personnel, not officers.[6][7]From the rank of Second Lieutenant to the highest rank of General all are commissioned officers. Commissioned Officers are regarded as 1st class Bangladesh-government officer. Men and women can receive commission from BMA, Bhatiary. 'Sainik' is a Bengali word, it means Soldier in English, the rank Sainik is equivalent to 'Private' of US and British Army. From a Sainik a person is promoted to Lance Corporal, and from this rank he/she gets NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) status. From the rank of 'Warrant Officer' persons are called JCO. From Brigadier General to General, officers of these rank holders are commonly called 'generals' or 'general officers'. Lieutenants, Captains and Majors are considered junior officers (not junior commissioned officer).


The ranks shown below are in descending order.

Commissioned Officers (Officers)


Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs)

Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs)

Ordinary Soldier

See also


  1. "Gen Belal new army chief". Thedailystar.net. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  2. "Quarter Master General of Bangladesh Army Lieutenant General Anwar Hossain and the winners of the Bangladesh Junior Open Golf Tournament pose for a photograph at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka Cantonment on Thursday.". Thedailynewnation.com. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  3. "The President House of Bangladesh". Bangabhaban.gov.bd. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  4. Join Bangladesh Army (2016-06-06). "Bangladesh Army". Army.mil.bd. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  5. "PIPNI.cz - Moderní hosting". Uniforminsignia.net. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  6. "Badges Of Rank - Bangladesh Army". Army.mil.bd. 2016-06-06. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
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