Military ranks of Botswana

The Military ranks of Botswana are the military insignia used by the Botswana Defence Force.[1] Being a former British colony, Botswana shares a rank structure similar to that of the United Kingdom. Botswana is a landlocked country, and does therefore not possess a navy. It is considered among the best military forces in Africa.

Commissioned Officers

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the ground forces and air force respectively.

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
Botswana Botswana
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No equivalent
Botswana-Army-OF-8.svg Botswana-Army-OF-7.svg Botswana-Army-OF-6.svg Botswana-Army-OF-5.svg Botswana-Army-OF-4.svg Botswana-Army-OF-3.svg Botswana-Army-OF-2.svg Botswana-Army-OF-1b.svg Botswana-Army-OF-1a.svg Botswana-Army-OF-(D).svg
Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain 1st Lieutenant 2nd Lieutenant Officer Cadet
Botswana Botswana
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No equivalent
13.Botswana Air Force-BG.svg 12.Botswana Air Force-COL.svg 11.Botswana Air Force-LTC.svg 10.Botswana Air Force-MAJ.svg 09.Botswana Air Force-CPT.svg 08.Botswana Air Force-1LT.svg 07.Botswana Air Force-2LT.svg Botswana-AirForce-OF-(D).svg
Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet
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
None

Senior Under officer

None

Under officer

None

Junior Under Officer

Enlisted

Army
Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Botswana Botswana
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None None None Botswana-Army-OR-6 No equivalent Botswana-Army-OR-4 Botswana-Army-OR-3 No insignia
Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private
(or equivalent)
None

Regiment/battalion sergeant major

None

Brigade sergeant major

None

Major command sergeant major

None

Force sergeant major

Air Force
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Botswana Botswana
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06.Botswana Air Force-WO1 05.Botswana Air Force-WO2 04.Botswana Air Force-SSG 03.Botswana Air Force-SGT No equivalent 02.Botswana Air Force-CPL 01.Botswana Air Force-PFC No equivalent No insignia
Warrant Officer Class I Warrant Officer Class II Flight Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Leading Aircraftsman Aircraftsman

References

  1. ^ "Ranks". Government of Botswana. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
Botswana Defence Force

The Botswana Defence Force (BDF, Setswana: Sesole Sa Botswana), the military of Botswana, formed in 1977. The commander-in-chief is Mokgweetsi Masisi. The main force is the army; there is also an air wing, but no sea-going navy, although there is a river contingent attached to the ground forces, with 10 Panther airboats and 2 Boston Whaler Raider class.

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