Military ranks of Republika Srpska

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Emblem of Serbian army and left arm patch of the Army of Republika Srpska from 1997-2006

Military ranks and insignia of Republika Srpska show military rank hierarchy and insignia system in Republika Srpska during existence of Army of Republika Srpska (Војска Републике Српскe, Vojska Republike Srpske) from May 12, 1992 to January 1, 2006, when it was merged into Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In period of existence of Army of Republika Srpska there was three periods of changing ranks:

  • Period of same as YPA ranks (1992–1997),
  • Period of first change and modernization (1997–2000) and
  • Last changes before merging into Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2000–2006).

1992–1997[edit]

Left arm patch of the Army of Republika Srpska from 1992-1997.

This period is considered as war-time and post-war. Ranks in these period are first military ranks in Republika Srpska. During war and because of link between Army of Republika Srpksa and Yugoslav People's Army, these two armies had identical ranks system. Army almost always used field ranks because of situation and the fact that it was worn only combat uniform by soldiers and officers. According to Article 4 of "Decision of founding Army of Serb Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina" on May 12, 1992 ranks were same as in YPA:

Ranks were worn on combat uniform above the left breast pocket on part of canvas with velcro behind. Above the rank it was a insignia of branch. Usually high officers had it on their ranks.[3]

Insignia on uniform was round-shaped flag with Cyrillic title Army of Republika Srpska (Војска Републике Српске, translit. Vojska Republike Srpske) worn on left arm.[2]

Generals and officers (1992-1997)[edit]

Equivalent
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
Republika Srpska Republika Srpska No equivalent 17 General vojske VRS 92-97.png 16 General-pukovnik VRS 92-97.png 15 General-potpukovnik VRS 92-97.png 14 General-major VRS 02-97.png 13 Pukovnik VRS 92-97.png 12 Potpukovnik VRS 92-97.png 11 Major VRS 92-97.png 10 Kapetan prve klase VRS 92-97.png 9 Kapetan VRS 92-97.png 8 Poručnik VRS 92-97.png 7 Potporučnik VRS 92-97.png No equivalent
General vojske
Генерал војске
General-pukovnik
Генерал-пуковник
General-potpukovnik
Генерал-потпуковник
General-major
Генерал-мајор
Pukovnik
Пуковник
Potpukovnik
Потпуковник
Major
Мајор
Kapetan prve klase
Капетан прве класе
Kapetan
Капетан
Poručnik
Поручник
Potporučnik
Потпоручник
Usual Translation Army general Colonel general Lieutenant colonel general Major general Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Senior captain Captain Lieutenant Second lieutenant

Non-commissioned officers (1992-1997)[edit]

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Republika Srpska Republika Srpska 6 Zastavnik prve klase VRS 92-97.png 5 Zastavnik VRS 92-97.png 4 Stariji vodnik prve klase VRS 92-97.png 3 Stariji vodnik VRS 92-97.png 2 Vodnik prve klase VRS 92-97.png 1 Vodnik VRS 92-97.png No equivalent
No insignia
Zastavnik prve klase
Заставник прве класе
Zastavnik
Заставник
Stariji vodnik prve klase
Старији водник прве класе
Stariji vodnik
Старији водник
Vodnik prve klase
Водник прве класе
Vodnik
Водник
Vojnik
Војник
Usual Translation Chief warrant officer Warrant officer First sergeant Senior sergeant Sergeant first class Sergeant Private

1997–2000[edit]

After the war, Army of Republika Srpska administration tried to make modernizated look of ranks in the army. In 1997 when new uniforms were made came also and new ranks which were modern by look but according to Serbian military tradition and history. General ranks changed names traditional iotated (general - đeneral). Ranks from that period were:

  • for soldiers: vojnik (private), vojnik prve klase (1st class private) and mlađi vodnik (junior sergeant),
  • for non-commissioned officers: vodnik (sergeant), stariji vodnik (senior sergeant), zastavnik (warrant officer),
  • for officers: poručnik (lieutenant), kapetan (captain), major (major), potpukovnik (lieutenant colonel), pukovnik (colonel),
  • for generals: đeneral-major (major general), đeneral-potpukovnik (lieutenant colonel general), đeneral-pukovnik (colonel general) and đeneral Vojske (army general). [4][5]

Generals and officers (1997–2000)[edit]

Equivalent
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
Republika Srpska Republika Srpska No equivalent No insignia 11-Đeneral-pukovnik VRS 1997.png 10-Đeneral-potpukovnik VRS 1997.png 09-Đeneral-major VRS 1997.png 08-Pukovnik VRS 1997.png 07-Potpukovnik VRS 1997.png 06-Major VRS 1997.png 05-Kapetan VRS 1997.png 04-Poručnik VRS 1997.png No equivalent
Đeneral Vojske
Ђенерал војске
Đeneral-pukovnik
Ђенерал-пуковник
Đeneral-potpukovnik
Ђенерал-потпуковник
Đeneral-major
Ђенерал-мајор
Pukovnik
Пуковник
Potpukovnik
Потпуковник
Major
Мајор
Kapetan
Капетан
Poručnik
Поручник
Usual Translation Army general Colonel general Lieutenant colonel general Major general Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain Lieutenant

Non-commissioned officers (1997–2000)[edit]

Equivalent NATO code
OR-8
OR-7
OR-5
OR-3
OR-2
OR-1
Rank
03-Zastavnik VRS 1997.png
02-Stariji vodnik VRS 1997.png
01-Vodnik VRS 1997.png
No insignia
No insignia
No insignia
Rank name
Zastavnik
Заставник
Stariji vodnik
Старији водник
Vodnik
Водник
Mlađi vodnik
Млађи водник
Vojnik prve klase
Војник прве класе
Vojnik
Војник
Usual translation
Warrant officer
Senior sergeant
Sergeant
Junior sergeant
1st class private
Private

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vojska Republike Srpske i priključenija". Vreme (in Serbian). April 17, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Одлука о формирању Војске Српске Републике Босне и Херцеговине". Wikisource (in Serbian).
  3. ^ "Republic of Srpska ranks". kokosar.com (in Serbian).
  4. ^ "Činovi u VRS u periodu 1997-2000". Pitomci VRS (in Serbian). December 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Vojska Republike Srpske". Srpska enciklopedija (in Serbian).