Military ranks of Bulgaria

The Military ranks of Bulgaria are the military insignia used by the Bulgarian Armed Forces. Being a former communist republic, Bulgaria shares a rank structure similar to that of Russia.

Commissioned officers

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the land forces, the navy and air force respectively.

NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer
Bulgaria Bulgaria
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No equivalent Rank insignia of Генерал of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Генерал-лейтенант of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Генерал-майор of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Бригаден генерал of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Полковник of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Подполковник of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Майор of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Капитан of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Старши лейтенант of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Лейтенант of the Bulgarian Army.png No equivalent
Генерал
General
Генерал-лейтенант
General-leytenant
Генерал-майор
General-mayor
Бригаден генерал
Brigaden general
Полковник
Polkovnik
Подполковник
Podpolkovnik
Майор
Mayor
Капитан
Kapitan
Старши лейтенант
Starshi leytenant
Лейтенант
Leytenant
Bulgaria Bulgaria
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No equivalent Rank insignia of Адмирал of the Bulgarian Navy.pngGeneric-Navy-(star)-O12.svg Rank insignia of Вицеадмирал of the Bulgarian Navy.pngGeneric-Navy-(star)-O11.svg Rank insignia of Контраадмирал of the Bulgarian Navy.pngGeneric-Navy-(star)-O10.svg Rank insignia of Комодор of the Bulgarian Navy.pngGeneric-Navy-(star)-O9.svg Rank insignia of Капитан I ранг of the Bulgarian Navy.pngGeneric-Navy-(star)-O8.svg Rank insignia of Капитан II ранг of the Bulgarian Navy.pngGeneric-Navy-(star)-O7.svg Rank insignia of Капитан III ранг of the Bulgarian Navy.pngGeneric-Navy-(star)-O5.svg Rank insignia of Капитан-лейтенант of the Bulgarian Navy.pngGeneric-Navy-(star)-O3.svg Rank insignia of Старши лейтенант of the Bulgarian Navy.pngGeneric-Navy-(star)-O2.svg Rank insignia of Лейтенант of the Bulgarian Navy.pngGeneric-Navy-(star)-O1.svg No equivalent
Адмирал Вицеадмирал Контраадмирал Комодор Капитан I ранг Капитан II ранг Капитан III ранг Капитан-лейтенант Старши лейтенант Лейтенант
Bulgaria Bulgaria
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No equivalent Rank insignia of Генерал of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Генерал-лейтенант of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Генерал-майор of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Бригаден генерал of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Полковник of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Подполковник of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Майор of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Капитан of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Старши лейтенант of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Лейтенант of the Bulgarian Air forces.png No equivalent
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Senior Lieutenant Lieutenant
Генерал Генерал-лейтенант Генерал-майор Бригаден генерал Полковник Подполковник Майор Капитан Старши лейтенант Лейтенант Младши лейтенант
NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student officer

Enlisted

The rank insignia for enlisted personnel for the army, navy and air force respectively.

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Bulgaria Bulgaria
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Rank insignia of Офицерски кандидат of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Старшина of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Старши сержант of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Сержант of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Младши сержант of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Ефрейтор of the Bulgarian Army.png Rank insignia of Редник of the Bulgarian Army.png
Офицерски кандидат
Senior warrant officer
Старшина
Starshina
Старши сержант
Senior sergeant
Сержант
Sergeant
Младши сержант
Junior sergeant
Ефрейтор
Private first class
Редник
Private
Bulgaria Bulgaria
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Rank insignia of Офицерски кандидат of the Bulgarian Navy.png Rank insignia of Мичман of the Bulgarian Navy.png Rank insignia of Главен старшина of the Bulgarian Navy.png Rank insignia of Старшина I-ва степен of the Bulgarian Navy.png Rank insignia of Старшина II-ра степен of the Bulgarian Navy.png Rank insignia of Старши матрос of the Bulgarian Navy.png Rank insignia of Матрос of the Bulgarian Navy.png
Senior Michman
Офицерски кандидат
Michman
Мичман
Chief Petty Officer
Главен старшина
Petty Officer First Class
Старшина 1 степен
Petty Officer Second Class
Старшина 2 степен
Leading Seaman
Старши матрос
Seaman
Матрос
Bulgaria Bulgaria
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Rank insignia of Офицерски кандидат of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Старшина of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Старши сержант of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Сержант of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Младши сержант of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Ефрейтор of the Bulgarian Air forces.png Rank insignia of Редник of the Bulgarian Air forces.png
Офицерски кандидат
Senior warrant officer
Старшина
Starshina
Старши сержант
Senior sergeant
Сержант
Sergeant
Младши сержант
Junior sergeant
Ефрейтор
Private first class
Редник
Private
NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

References

Bulgarian Armed Forces

The Bulgarian Army (Bulgarian: Българска армия) represents the Armed Forces of the Republic of Bulgaria. The Commander-in-Chief is the President of Bulgaria (since January 2017 Rumen Radev). The Ministry of Defence is in charge of political leadership while overall military command remains in the hands of the Defence Staff, headed by the Chief of the Defence (formerly called the Chief of the General Staff). There are three main branches, named literally the Land Forces, the Air Forces and the Naval Forces and the term "Bulgarian Army" encompasses them all together.

Throughout history, the Army has played a major role in defending the country's sovereignty. Only several years after its liberation (1878), Bulgaria became a regional military power and was involved in several major wars – Serbo-Bulgarian War (1885), First Balkan War (1912–13), Second Balkan War (1913), First World War (1915–1918) and Second World War (1941–1945), during which the Army gained significant combat experience. During the Cold War the People's Republic of Bulgaria maintained one of the largest militaries in the Warsaw Pact, numbering an estimated 152,000 troops in 1988. Since the Fall of Communism, the political leadership decided to pursue a pro-NATO policy, thus reducing military personnel and weaponry. Bulgaria joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on 29 March 2004 and currently maintains a total 776 deployed troops in three countries.

The patron saint of the Bulgarian Army is St. George. The Armed Forces Day or St. George's Day (6 May) is an official holiday in Bulgaria.

Outline of Bulgaria

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Bulgaria:

Bulgaria – country located in Southeastern Europe, and a member of the European Union. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and North Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south and the Black Sea to the east. In 1946 it became a communist republic with a single-party system until 1989, when the Communist Party allowed multi-party elections. After 1990 Bulgaria transitioned to democracy and a market-based economy.

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