Military ranks of Tajikistan

The Military ranks of Tajikistan are the military insignia used by the Armed Forces of the Republic of Tajikistan. Being a former member of Soviet Union, Tajikistan shares a rank structure similar to that of Russia. Since 2018, the State Language Committee of Tajikistan operated a working group that sought to replace the Russian military ranks with pure Tajik/Persian terms. An example of this would be the rank of Colonel, which is currently "Полковник/Polkovnik" would be changed to "Сарлашкар/Sarlashkar".[1] Tajikistan is a landlocked country, and does therefore not possess a navy.

Commissioned officers

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the ground forces 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) and student officer
Tajikistan Tajikistan
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Army General
(Генерали артиш)
Colonel General
Lieutenant General
Major General
Lieutenant Colonel
First Lieutenant
(Лейтенанти калон)
Second Lieutenant
(Лейтенанти хурд)
Officer Cadet
Tajikistan Tajikistan
No equivalent
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Colonel general Lieutenant general Major general Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain Senior lieutenant Lieutenant Junior lieutenant
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


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

NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Tajikistan Tajikistan
Tajikistan-Army-OR-9b.png Tajikistan-Army-OR-9a.png Tajikistan-Army-OR-8.png Tajikistan-Army-OR-7.png Tajikistan-Army-OR-6.png Tajikistan-Army-OR-5.png Tajikistan-Army-OR-4.png No equivalent
Senior Ensign
Прапоршики калон
Sergeant Major
Senior Sergeant
Сержанти калон
Junior Sergeant
Сержанти хурд
Private First Class
Tajikistan Tajikistan
None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg None.svg No equivalent
Warrant Officer Master Sergeant Senior Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Senior Airman Airman
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1


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Armed Forces of the Republic of Tajikistan

The Armed Forces of the Republic of Tajikistan (Tajik:Қувваҳои Мусаллаҳи Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон) is the national military of the Republic of Tajikistan. It consists of National Army, Mobile Forces, Air Force, Presidential National Guard, border and internal troops. There are also significant Russian forces in the country, principally the 201st Motor Rifle Division.

Unlike the other former Soviet states of Central Asia, Tajikistan did not form armed forces based upon former Soviet units on its territory. Instead, the Russian Ministry of Defence took control of the Dushanbe-based 201st Motor Rifle Division. Control simply shifted from the former district headquarters in Tashkent, which was in now-independent Uzbekistan, to Moscow. Also present in Tajikistan was a large contingent of Soviet border guards, which transitioned into a Russian-officered force with Tajik conscripts. For a long period a CIS peacekeeping force, built around the 201st MRD, were in place in the country.

Due to the presence of Russian forces in the country and the Civil war in Tajikistan, Tajikistan only formally legalised the existence of its armed forces in April 1994. During the 1990s, the armed forces were often suffered from a poor commanded structure and poor discipline while their equipment was under-maintained. Draft-dodging and desertion was commonplace. Reflecting the fragmented militia group origin of the army's units, in late 1995 the Mahmud (1st) and Faizali (11th) Brigades of the Army exchanged fire several times, and fighting again broke out between the Army Rapid Reaction Brigade (formerly the Mahmud Brigade) and the Presidential Guard in June 1996. Colonel Khudoiberdiev, commander of the Rapid Reaction Brigade was relieved of his command as a result.

In September 2013, the Russian government has given the Tajik military $200 million worth of weapons and hardware, in return for letting them continue to use the 201st base. The National Drug Enforcement Agency of Tajikistan has received $5 million.

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