Tagmatarchis, in more archaic context transliterated as Tagmatarches (Greek: Ταγματάρχης, abbreviated as Τχης), anglicized as Tagmatarch, is used in the Greek language[1] to mean "Major".[2] More precisely, it means "commander of a tagma" (τάγμα).

The rank dates to Antiquity and was also used in the Byzantine Empire. In the modern Hellenic Army, the rank is superior to a Lokhagos (Λοχαγός, captain) and inferior to an Antisyntagmatarchis (Αντισυνταγματάρχης, Lieutenant Colonel), and held either usually by battalion (tagma) executive officers (battalions are typically commanded by Lieutenant Colonels). In this case they are addressed as "Kyrie Ypodioikita" (Κύριε Υποδιοικητά), or simply as "Kyrie Tagmatarcha" (Κύριε Ταγματάρχα) in other cases.

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Greek commissioned officer ranks
NATO code: OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6 OF-7 OF-8 OF-9
Navy: Simaioforos & Anthypoploiarchos Ypoploiarchos Plotarchis Antiploiarchos Ploiarchos Archiploiarchos Yponavarchos Antinavarchos Navarchos
Army: Anthypolochagos & Ypolochagos
Ypilarchos & Anthypilarchos (Armoured)
Ilarchos (Armoured)
Tagmatarchis Antisyntagmatarchis Syntagmatarchis Taxiarchos Ypostratigos Antistratigos Stratigos
Air Force: Anthyposminagos & Yposminagos Sminagos Episminagos Antisminarchos Sminarchos Taxiarchos Aeroporias Ypopterarchos Antipterarchos Pterarchos


  1. ^ Division, American University (Washington, D. C. ) Foreign Areas Studies; Herrick, Allison Butler (1970). Area Handbook for Greece. Superintendent of Documents, U.S.GovernmentPrint.Office.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ What is Tagmatarchis? Explain Tagmatarchis, Define Tagmatarchis, Meaning of Tagmatarchis, archived from the original on 2021-12-21, retrieved 2019-11-30