Pakistan Army ranks and insignia


The Pakistan Army ranks and insignia are the military insignia used by the Pakistan Army. The officers and JCOs in khaki uniform wear their rank insignia on the shoulders, while NCOs wear them on the arm. In CCD, all army personnel wear their insignia on the chest.[1][2] Pakistan inherits British Army rank system like most commonwealth country prior to being a Ex-British country.[3][4]


Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
  Pakistan Army[6]
Field marshal
فیلڈ مارشل
Lieutenant general
لیفٹیننٹ جنرل
Major general
میجر جنرل
Lieutenant colonel
لیفٹیننٹ کرنل
Second lieutenant
سیکنڈ لیفٹیننٹ

Officer Rank Command information[7][8]Edit

Officer Rank Typical Command Size Typical command appointment Typical time taken for a promotion
Officer Cadet No Command N/A
Second Lieutenant 15 - 40 Soldiers Commander of Squad Units After completing officer training
Lieutenant Commander of a Platoon Up to 2 years after reaching Second Lieutenant rank
Captain 100 - 200 Soldiers Commander of a Company

Deputy Commander of a Battalion

After 3 Years of commissioned service
Major After being in the Army for between 8 and 10 years
Lieutenant Colonel 500 - 950 soldiers and officers Commander of a Battalion

Deputy Commander of a Brigade

After Being in Army for 15 years
Colonel 3000 - 5000 Soldiers Commander of a Brigade At least 22 years of service and 3 years as LTC
Brigadier 10,000 - 18,000 Soldiers Deputy Commander of

a Division

25 years of service and then selected by the board

of Generals

Major General N/A Commander of a Division Nomination
Lieutenant General Corps Commander of Specific Corp Nomination
General Field Army President of Pakistan

Prime Minister of Pakistan


Field Marshal Commander-In-ChiefOf Army President of Pakistan


^ The rank of Field Marshal is currently reserved for wartime purposes and for ceremonies; there has been only one Field Marshal in history of Pakistan.[9][10]

Non-commissioned officers and enlistedEdit

The Non-Commissioned Officers rank insignia are displayed on sleeves and from the rank 'Lance Naik' the non-commissioned officer status starts. The ranks of Company Quartermaster Havildar, Company Havildar Major, Battalion Quartermaster Havildar and Battalion Havildar Major are company/battalion appointments held by senior Havildars and these badges are worn on the right wrist.[11]

Rank group Junior commissioned officers Non commissioned officer Enlisted
  Pakistan Army[6]
            No insignia
صوبیدار میجر/رسالدار میجر۔
Naib Subedar/Naib Risaldar
نائب صوبیدار/نائب رسالدار
Lance Naik
لانس نائیک۔
Other rank insignia
Battalion havildar major Battalion quartermaster havildar Company havildar major Company quartermaster havildar

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Pakistan Army Ranks".
  2. ^ "Badges of Rank". Pakistan Army. 1 September 2009. Archived from the original on 29 April 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Introduction about Pakistan Army Ranks". Pak Shaheens. Retrieved April 23, 2022.
  4. ^ Thornton, Thomas P. (1995). "National Security". In Blood, Peter R. (ed.). Pakistan: a country study. Area Handbook (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. p. 295. LCCN 95017247. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Pakistan Army Officer Ranks with Salary and Insignia". Pakistan Forces. Retrieved April 23, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ a b "Pakistan Army Ranks with Salary and Insignia". Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Command Structure of Pakistan Army". Pakistan Forces. Retrieved April 23, 2022.
  8. ^ "RANKS OF THE PAKISTAN ARMY". 15 April 2022. Retrieved April 23, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Pakistan: The Lady & the Field Marshal". 30 Oct 1964. Retrieved April 23, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Baxter, Craig. "Diaries of Field Marshal Ayub Khan 1966-1972". The University Press Limited. Retrieved April 23, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Badges of Rank". Archived from the original on 2018-08-25. Retrieved 2018-08-24.

External linksEdit

  • "Pakistan". The International Encyclopedia of Uniform Insignia. Retrieved 25 October 2021.