Military ranks of Barbados

The Military ranks of Barbados are the military insignia used by the Barbados Defence Force. Being a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, Barbados shares a rank structure similar to that of the United Kingdom.

Commissioned Officers

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
Barbados Barbados
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No equivalent
14.BDF-MG.svg 13.BDF-BG.svg 12.BDF-COL.svg 11.BDF-LTC.svg 10.BDF-MAJ.svg 09.BDF-CAPT.svg 08.BDF-1LT.svg 07.BDF-2LT.svg Barbados Army OF-(D).svg
Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet
Barbados Barbados
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No equivalent
Generic-Navy-O5.svg Generic-Navy-O4.svg Generic-Navy-O3.svg Generic-Navy-O1.svg No equivalent
Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant
Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer

Enlisted

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Barbados Barbados
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06.BDF-WO1 05.BDF-WO2 04.BDF-SSG 03.BDF-SGT No equivalent 02.BDF-CPL 01.BDF-LCPL No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private
(or equivalent)
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

References

Barbados Defence Force

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) is the name given to the combined armed forces of Barbados. The BDF was established August 15, 1979, and has responsibility for the territorial defence and internal security of the island. The headquarters for the Barbados Defence Force is located at St. Ann's Fort base at The Garrison, Saint Michael. The Barbados Defence Force is headquartered at St. Anns Fort, where the administrative and logistical support for the entire Defence force is made.

There are three main components of the BDF:

The Barbados Regiment – This branch is commanded by the Commanding Officer Of The Barbados Regiment Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Lovell and is based at St Anns Fort and Paragon Base. This is the main land force component, and encompasses both regular and reserve units.

Barbados Coast Guard – This branch is commanded by the Commanding Officer Of The Barbados Coast Guard Commander Mark Peterson and is based at HMBS Pelican. This is the maritime element, with responsibility for patrolling Barbados' territorial waters as well as drug interdiction and humanitarian and life-saving exercises. It too encompasses both regular and reserve units.

Barbados Cadet Corps – This branch is commanded by the Commanding Officer Of The Barbados Cadet Corps Lieutenant Colonel Errol Brathwaite. This is the Military youth organisation of The Defence Force. Includes Infantry and Sea Cadets. This organisation was started in 1904. The first females joined the cadet corps in the 1970s to 1980s. The Cadet Corps has a pledge and also a song. It started with 3 normal units but today has expanded to 22. These units are grouped into Zones. There are also a band, sea cadet and medical units along with a shooting programme.

The Barbados air wing was formed in 1971, it operated 1 Beech Queen Air. In 1981 A Cessna 402C was acquired. Since 1985 all aircraft have been retired and the air wing ceased to exist but the BDF is looking to re-establish an air wing.

Outline of Barbados

The following outline is provided as an overview of and introduction to Barbados:

Barbados – sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is one of the Caribbean's leading tourist destinations and is one of the most developed islands in the region.

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