Military ranks of Bolivia

Summary

Bolivian Military Flag.gif

The Armed Forces of Bolivia has four main branches: Army, Navy, Air Force and the National Police Force. Each of the four branches has a similar structure,[1] each having four pay grades: non-commissioned officers, senior non-commissioned officers, commissioned officers and general staff. However, the SNCO roles vary depending on the branch; some of these hold specialisations.

Army

The Army trains all its personnel in the following:

  • Army NCO School, Sucre
  • Military College of Bolivia, La Paz

Officer ranks

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Parade dress GenEjercitoEBTraje.svg GenDivEBTraje.svg GenBrigEBTraje.svg CnlTraje.svg TcnlTraje.svg MyTraje.svg CapEBTraje.svg TteEBTraje.svg SbtteEBTraje.svg
Combat uniform General Ejército EB Pecho General Division EB Pecho General Brigada EB Pecho Coronel Ejército EB Pecho Teniente Coronel Ejército EB Pecho Mayor Ejército EB Pecho Capitan Ejército EB Pecho Teniente Ejército EB Pecho Subteniente Ejército EB Pecho
 Bolivian Army[2]
General Ejército EB Pecho General Division EB Pecho General Brigada EB Pecho Coronel Ejército EB Pecho Teniente Coronel Ejército EB Pecho Mayor Ejército EB Pecho Capitan Ejército EB Pecho Teniente Ejército EB Pecho Subteniente Ejército EB Pecho
General de ejército General de división General de brigada Coronel Teniente coronel Mayor Captáin Teniente Subteniente

Enlisted ranks

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
Parade dress SOFMtreTraje.svg SOFMyTraje.svg SOF1EBTraje.svg SOF2EBTraje.svg SOF3EBTraje.svg Sgt1EBTraje.svg Sgt2EBTraje.svg Sgt3EBTraje.svg CaboEB.svg DragoneanteEB.svg RasoEB.svg
Combat uniform SOFMtre Faena.svg SOFMy Faena.svg SOF1EB Faena.svg SOF2EB Faena.svg SOF3EB Faena.svg Sgt1EB Faena.svg Sgt2EB Faena.svg Sgt3EB Faena.svg CaboEBFaena.svg DragoneanteEB Faena.svg
 Bolivian Army[3]
SOFMtreEB.svg SOFMyEB.svg SOF1EB.svg SOF2EB.svg SOF3EB.svg Sgt1EB.svg Sgt2EB.svg Sgt3EB.svg CaboEB.svg DragoneanteEB.svg RasoEB.svg
Sub-oficial maestre Sub-oficial mayor Sub-oficial 1° Sub-oficial 2° Sub-oficial inicial Sargento 1° Sargento 2° Sargento inicial° Cabo Dragoneante Soldado raso

Navy

Despite being a landlocked country, Bolivia has a large quantity of rivers and lakes which the majority of their naval operations take place on, one example of this is Lake Titicaca,[4] which is shared between Bolivia and Peru.

The Navy, unlike the other three branches, has different specialisations for the NCOs and SNCOs once they reach the rank of 'seaman'. Once a specialisation has been achieved, the sailors' insignia will be adjusted slightly, to make his/her profession more visible. Those corps are as follows:

  • Machinist Corps
  • Medical Corps
  • Divers Corps
  • Logistics Corps
  • Quartermasters Corps
  • Signals Corps
Insignia
Bolivian Machinist Corps NCO.png
Bolivian Machinist Corps SNCO.png
Bolivian Medical Corps.png
Bolivian Divers Corps.png
Bolivian Logistics Corps.png
Bolivian Quartermasters Corps.png
Bolivian Signals Corps.png
Paygrade NCO SNCO Both Both Both Both Both
Corps Machinist Medical Divers Logistics Quartermasters Signals

Any rank between Seaman and Master Chief Petty Officer can have a specialisation as part of their regular rank insignia, the only corps where the insignia varies is within the Machinist Corps, where both NCO and SNCO have a different insignia, this also helps determine their qualifications and what they are responsible for.

The most Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer, holds no specific specialisation but once would have as he/she would have had to work their way up through the NCO and SNCO ranks of the Navy itself. This sailor would also be the overseer of each of the Corps, ensuring that this branch's members are fully trained and equipped.

Officer ranks

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
 Bolivian Naval Force[5]
Almt AB PNG.png V Almt AB PNG.png C Almt AB PNG.png Generic-Navy-(star)-O7.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O5.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O4.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O3.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O2.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O1.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O0.svg
Almirante Vicealmirante Contraalmirante Capitán de navío Capitán de fragata Capitán de corbeta Teniente de navio Teniente de fragata Alférez Cadete

Enlisted ranks

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
 Bolivian Naval Force[6]
Blank.svg Blank.svg Sub-Oficial Primero (Senior Chief Petty Officer).png Sub-Oficial Segundo (Chief Petty Officer).png Sub-Oficial Inicial (Petty Officer 1st Class).png Sargento Primero (Petty Officer 2rd Class).png Sargento Segundo (Petty Officer 3rd Class).png Blank.svg Marinero.png Marinero De Primera (Seaman Apprentice).gif No insignia
Sub-oficial maestre Sub-oficial mayor Sub-oficial primero Sub-oficial segundo Sub-oficial inicial Sargento primero Sargento segundo Sargento inicial Cabo conscripto Marinero de primero Marinero de segunda

Air Force

Officer ranks

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
 Bolivian Air Force[7]
GenFuerzaAéreaFAB.svg GenDivAereaFAB.svg GenBrigAereaFAB.svg CoronelFAB.svg TcnlFAB.svg MyFAB.svg CapFAB.svg TteFAB.svg SbtteFAB.svg Blank.svg
General de fuerza aeréa General de división aeréa General de brigada aeréa Coronel aviador Teniente coronel aviador Mayor aviador Captáin aviador Teniente aviador Subteniente aviador Cadete

Enlisted ranks

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
 Bolivian Air Force[8]
SubOfMtreFAB.svg SubOfMyFAB.svg SubOf1FAB.svg SubOf2FAB.svg SubOf3FAB.svg Sgt1FAB.svg Sgt2FAB.svg Sgt3FAB.svg CaboFAB.svg DragoneanteFAB.svg RasoFAB.svg
Sub-oficial maestre Sub-oficial mayor Sub-oficial primero Sub-oficial segundo Sub-oficial inicial Sergento primero Sargento segundo Sargento inicial Cabo Dragoneante Soldado raso

Historical ranks

The ranks were introduced in 1968, based on design by the Central American Defense Council (Spanish: Consejo de Defensa Centroamericano; CONDECO).[9]

Officers
Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
 Bolivian Army
(1968–2019)[10]
General De Fuerza (LTGEN).gif General De Division (MAJGEN).gif General De Brigada (Brig).gif Coronel (COL).gif Teniente Coronel (LTCOL).gif Mayor (MJR).gif Captain (CPT).gif Teniente (1LT).gif Subteniente (2LT).gif
General de ejercito General de división General de brigada Coronel Teniente coronel Mayor Captáin Teniente Subteniente
 Bolivian Naval Force
(1968–2019)[10]
Generic-Navy-(star)-O11.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O10.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O9.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O7.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O5.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O4.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O3.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O2.svg Chile-Navy-OF-1b.svg Generic-Navy-(star)-O1.svg
Almirante Vicealmirante Contraalmirante Capitán de navío Capitán de fragata Capitán de corbeta Teniente de navio Teniente de fragata Teniente de corbeta Alférez
 Bolivian Air Force
(1968–2019)[10]
General De Fuerza Aeréa (Lieutenant General).gif General De División Aeréa (Major General).gif General De Brigada Aeréa (Brigadier).gif Coronel De Avación (Colonel).gif Teniente Coronel De Avación (Lieutenant Colonel).gif Mayor De Avación (Major).gif Captáin De Avación (Captain).gif Teniente De Avación (First Lieutenant).gif Subteniente De Avación (Second Lieutenant).gif
General de fuerza aeréa General de división aeréa General de brigada aeréa Coronel aviador Teniente coronel aviador Mayor aviador Captáin aviador Teniente aviador Subteniente aviador
Enlisted
Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
 Bolivian Army
(1968–2019)[11]
Sub-Oficial Maestre (CSGTMAJ).gif Sub-Oficial Mayor (SGTMAJ).gif Sub-Oficial 1 (MSGT).gif Sub-Oficial 2 (SFC).gif Sub-Oficial Inicial (SSGT).gif Sargento 1 (SGT).gif Sargento 2 (CPL).gif Cabo (PFC).gif No insignia No insignia
Sub-oficial maestre Sub-oficial mayor Sub-oficial primero Sub-oficial segundo Sub-oficial inicial Sargento primero Sargento segundo Cabo Dragoneante Soldado
 Bolivian Naval Force
(1968–2019)[11]
Sub-Oficial Maestre (Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer).gif Sub-Oficial Mayor (Master Chief Petty Officer).png Sub-Oficial Primero (Senior Chief Petty Officer).png Sub-Oficial Segundo (Chief Petty Officer).png Sub-Oficial Inicial (Petty Officer 1st Class).png Sargento Primero (Petty Officer 2rd Class).png Sargento Segundo (Petty Officer 3rd Class).png Marinero.png Marinero De Primera (Seaman Apprentice).gif Marinero De Segunda (Seaman Recruit).gif
Sub-oficial maestre Sub-oficial mayor Sub-oficial primero Sub-oficial segundo Sub-oficial inicial Sargento primero Sargento segundo Cabo Marinero de primero Marinero de segunda
 Bolivian Air Force
(1968–2019)[11]
Sub-Oficial Maestre (Command Chief Master Sergeant).gif Sub-Oficial Mayor (Chief Master Sergeant).gif Sub-Oficial 1 (Senior Master Sergeant).gif Sub-Oficial 2 (Master Sergeant).gif Sub-Oficial Inicial (Technical Sergeant).gif Sargento 1(Staff Sergeant).gif Sargento 2 (Sergeant).gif Cabo (Airman 1st Class).gif Dragoneante (Airman).gif No insignia
Sub-oficial maestre Sub-oficial mayor Sub-oficial primero Sub-oficial segundo Sub-oficial inicial Sargento primero Sargento segundo Cabo Dragoneante Soldado

References

  1. ^ Pike, John. "Bolivian Uniforms and Insignia". www.globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  2. ^ Ministry of Defense (Bolivia) [@mindefbolivia] (10 December 2019). "Conoce la jerarquía de los grados del #Ejército" (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 May 2021 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Ministry of Defense (Bolivia) [@mindefbolivia] (16 December 2019). "Hoy te invitamos a conocer la jerarquía de los grados de Suboficiales, Sargentos y Tropa" (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 May 2021 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Bolivia04-05 - Picture Pages". www.steiner7.com. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  5. ^ Ministry of Defense (Bolivia) [@mindefbolivia] (9 January 2020). "Conoce la jerarquía de los grados de la #ArmadaBoliviana" (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 May 2021 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Ministry of Defense (Bolivia) [@mindefbolivia] (16 January 2020). "Hoy les invitamos a conocer la jerarquía de los grados de Suboficiales, Sargentos y Tropa de la #ArmadaBoliviana" (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 May 2021 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Ministry of Defense (Bolivia) [@mindefbolivia] (18 December 2019). "Conoce la jerarquía de los grados de la #FuerzaAéreaBoliviana" (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 May 2021 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Ministry of Defense (Bolivia) [@mindefbolivia] (6 January 2020). "Hoy te invitamos a conocer la jerarquía de los grados de Suboficiales, Sargentos y Tropa" (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 May 2021 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Gamarra 1991, pp. 239–240.
  10. ^ a b c Gamarra 1991, p. 242.
  11. ^ a b c Gamarra 1991, p. 244.
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