Military ranks of Nepal

The Military ranks of Nepal and the military insignia used by the Nepalese Armed Forces.[1] [2] [3] Being a Landlocked country, Nepal does not have a navy.

Commissioned Officers

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
Nepal Nepal
No equivalent 22.Nepalese Army-FM.svg 19.Nepalese Army-LG.svg 18.Nepalese Army-MG.svg 17.Nepalese Army-BG.svg 16.Nepalese Army-COL.svg 15.Nepalese Army-LTC.svg 14.Nepalese Army-MAJ.svg 13.Nepalese Army-CAPT.svg 12.Nepalese Army-1LT.svg 11.Nepalese Army-2LT.svg No insignia
General of the Army
महारथी (प्रधानसेनापती)
Lieutenant General
Major General
Brigadier General
सहायक रथी
Lieutenant Colonel
प्रमुख सेनानी
Second Lieutenant
सहायक सेनानी
Officer cadet
अधिकृत क्याडेट


  • General: Usually translated as "Chief of the Army Staff (COAS)". Army commander;four-star rank.
  • Lieutenant General: Held by the Chief of the General Staff (CGS) and the Chief of Staff (COS); Three-star rank.
    • CGS – responsible for Operations, Intelligence and Training branches
    • COS – responsible for certain operations including United Nations Peace Support operations, nature conservation & assistance to wildlife preservation, National Cadet Corps and various welfare schemes of the army.
  • Major General: Two-star rank.
    • Adjutant General (AG) – responsible for recruitment, records, pay and services, posting and promotions, various ceremonies, legal and medical services, implementation of human rights and humanitarian laws into the operational doctrine and processing any allegations of violation of such rights.
    • Quarter Master General (QMG) – responsible for accommodation, rations, clothing, weapons, ammunition and explosives, equipment and maintenance.
    • Master General of Ordnance (MGO) – responsible for weapons and related procurement.
    • Inspector General (IG) – maintenance of operational readiness
    • Combat Division commander (6)
  • Brigadier General: Support Directorate, Combat Brigade or Combat Service Support Brigade commander; One-star rank

Other ranks

NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Nepal Nepal
10.Nepalese Army-WO1.svg 09.Nepalese Army-WO2.svg 08.Nepalese Army-WO3.svg India-Army-OR-6 No equivalent India-Army-OR-4 India-Army-OR-3 No insignia No insignia
Chief warrant officer
प्रमुख सुवेदार
Warrant Officer
Class II

Warrant Officer
Class I

Lance corporal
Other rank insignia
07.Nepalese Army-SGM 06.Nepalese Army-MSG 05.Nepalese Army-SFC 04.Nepalese Army-SSG
Sergeant Major Master Sergeant Sergeant First Class Staff Sergeant


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  2. ^ "Organization".
  3. ^ "Ranks". Archived from the original on 2015-09-01.

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Chief of the Nepalese Army

The Chief of the Nepalese Army (or Gorkhali Army) (Nepali: नेपाली सेनाको प्रधानसेनापति) is the military position of army head of the Nepalese Army, initially known as Gorkhali Army. The Chief of the Nepalese Army had been from among the Kaji officers during the 18th century. During the reign of Bhimsen Thapa, the title of Commander-in-Chief was introduced for the first time for denoting the army chief. Later in the late 1970s, the title was changed to Chief of Army Staff (CoAS). Currently, the Chief of Army Staff is the Chief of the Nepalese Army.

List of comparative military ranks

This article is a list of various states' armed forces ranking designations. Comparisons are made between the different systems used by nations to categorize the hierarchy of an armed force compared to another. Several of these lists mention NATO reference codes. These are the NATO rank reference codes, used for easy comparison among NATO countries. Links to comparison charts can be found below.

Nepalese Armed Forces

The Nepalese Armed Forces are the military forces of Nepal. The current Nepalese Army traces its direct historic roots from the Royal Nepalese Army, renamed in recognition of Nepal's transition from a monarchy to a popularly elected republic in 2006. Composed primarily of the ground-based Nepalese Army, organized into six active combat divisions, the Nepalese Armed Forces also operates the smaller Nepalese Army Air Service designed to support army operations and provide close light combat support. The Nepalese Army also operates smaller formations responsible for the organization of air defense, logistics, military communications, artillery, and airborne forces within Nepalese territory. In addition, the Nepalese Armed Police Force acts as a paramilitary force tasked with maintaining internal security within Nepal.

The Nepalese Armed Forces are a volunteer force with an estimated 95,000 active duty personnel in 2010, with an estimated annual military budget of around 60 million US dollars, not including military assistance funding from the Republic of India and People's Republic of China or more recently from the United States of America. Although most of Nepal's military equipment are imports from neighboring India or the People's Republic of China, Nepal has received 20,000 M-16 rifles, as well as night vision equipment from the United States to assist ongoing efforts in the post-September 11 global War on Terror campaign. The Nepalese Army bought 1,000 Galil rifles from Israel and received 2 V-5 helicopters from Russia.

Outline of Nepal

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

Nepal is a landlocked sovereign state in South Asia. The country is bordered to the north by China, and to the south, east, and west by India. The Himalayas in the country's northern region has eight of the world's ten highest mountains, including Mount Everest, called Sagarmatha in Nepali.

Second lieutenant

Second lieutenant (called lieutenant governor in some countries) is a junior commissioned officer military rank in many armed forces, comparable to NATO OF-1a rank.

Military ranks and insignia by country
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