Military ranks of Lesotho

The Military ranks of Lesotho are the military insignia used by the Lesotho Defence Force. Being a Landlocked country, Lesotho does not have a navy.

Commissioned Officers

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the army.

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
Lesotho Lesotho
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None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg Unknown
Field Marshal General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant 2nd lieutenant
Lesotho Lesotho
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No equivalent
None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg Unknown
Lieutenant general Major general Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second 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

The rank insignia for enlisted personnel for the army.

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Lesotho Lesotho
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None None None Zimbabwe-Army-OR-6 No equivalent Zimbabwe-Army-OR-4 Zimbabwe-Army-OR-3 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

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Lesotho Defence Force

The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) is the military of Kingdom of Lesotho, which consists of about 3,000 personnel and is tasked with maintaining internal security, territorial integrity, and defending the constitution of Lesotho. Since the mountainous kingdom is completely landlocked by South Africa, in practice the country's external defence is guaranteed by its larger neighbour, so the armed forces are mainly used for internal security. The LDF is an army with a small air wing.

The military was established in 1978. Since its establishment, the Lesotho Defense Force has had a long history of usurping civilian rule, being responsible for the military coup in 1986, internal conflicts in 1994 and 1998, and unrest in 2007. The most recent was the attempted coup by army commander Lt. General Tlali Kamoli in August 2014. A brief crisis also occurred in September 2017 when Kamoli's successor Lt. General Khoantle Motsomotso was assassinated by some junior officers, leading to an intervention by the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The government under Prime Minister Tom Thabane has pledged to reform the security forces as part of the country's process of democratisation. Some commentators in Lesotho have even suggested disbanding the military entirely.

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