Military ranks of Tajikistan

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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[edit]

The rank insignia for commissioned officers for the ground forces and air force respectively:

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
 Tajik National Army
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Army General
(Генерали артиш)
Colonel General
(Генерал-полковник)
Lieutenant General
(Генерал-лейтенант)
Major General
(Генерал-майор)
Colonel
(Полковник)
Lieutenant Colonel
(Подполковник)
Major
(Майор)
Captain
(Капитан)
First Lieutenant
(Лейтенанти калон)
Lieutenant
(Лейтенант)
Second Lieutenant
(Лейтенанти хурд)
Officer Cadet
(Курсант)


 Tajik Air Force
No equivalent
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Colonel general Lieutenant general Major general Colonel Lieutenant colonel Major Captain Senior lieutenant Lieutenant Junior lieutenant


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

Enlisted[edit]

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

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
 Tajik National Army
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Senior ensign
Прапоршики калон
Ensign
Прапоршик
Sergeant major
Старшина
Senior sergeant
Сержанти калон
Sergeant
Сержант
Junior sergeant
Сержанти хурд
Yefreytor
Ефрейтор
Private
Қаторӣ


 Tajik Air Force
No equivalent
Warrant Officer Master Sergeant Senior Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Senior Airman Airman
Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Name change[edit]

Guided by the principles of historicism, continuity, unification and standardization of military terminology between Persian-speaking states, the Committee on Language and Terminology, in 2018, invited the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Tajikistan to adopt the names of formations from the Iranian Armed Forces and restore the historical names of units as follows[2]:

names of units:
Units Currently russian names Proposed persian names
army
corps
division
brigade
regiment
battalion
company
platoon
squad
fireteam
армия
корпус
дивизия
бригада
полк
батальон
рота
взвод
отделение
звено
артиш (artiš)
сипоҳ (sipāh)
лашкар (laškar)
гунд (gund)
ҳанг (hang)
гурдон (gordān)
вашт (wašt)
таҳм (tahm)
гурӯҳ (gorūh)
рада (rada)

Based on the fact that in the Persian-Tajik language military ranks traditionally come from the names of units and formations, the following military rank system for the Tajik Armed Forces was proposed[2]:

Officers[edit]

Category Troop ranks Currently names Proposed names NATO equivalent
Supreme officers
or
general officers
Army General / General of the Army Генера́ли артиш
(Generáli artish)
Артишсолор
(Artishsālār)
OF-9
Colonel General / General Генера́л-полко́вник
(Generál-polkóvnik)
Сипаҳсолор
(Sipahsālār)
OF-8
Lieutenant General Генера́л-лейтена́нт
(Generál-leytenánt)
Лашкарсолор
(Lashkarsālār)
OF-7
Major General
Генера́л-майо́р
(Generál-mayór)
Гундсолор
(Gundsālār)
OF-6
Senior officers
or
field grade officers
Colonel
Полко́вник
(Polkóvnik)
Сарҳанг
(Sarhang)
OF-5
Lieutenant Colonel
Подполко́вник
(Podpolkóvnik)
Сарҳангёр
(Sarhangyār)
OF-4
Major
Майо́р
(Mayór)
Саргурд
(Sargord)
OF-3
Junior officers
or
company grade officers
Captain Капита́н
(Kapitán)
Сарвашт
(Sarwasht)
OF-2
Senior Lieutenant / First Lieutenant Лейтена́нти калон
(Leytenánti kalān)
Таҳмбон
(Tahmbān)
OF-1
Lieutenant / Second Lieutenant
Лейтена́нт
(Leytenánt)
Таҳмдор
(Tahmdār)
Junior Lieutenant / Lieutenant Junior Grade
Лейтена́нти хурд
(Leytenánti khord)
Таҳмовар
(Tahmāvar)
Acting Officer
Student officers Officer cadet
Курсант
(Kursant)
Размомӯз
(Razmāmůz)
OF-(D)

Non-officer ranks[edit]

Category Troop ranks Currently names Proposed names NATO equivalent
Praporshik Senior Ensign / Chief Warrant Officer Пра́поршики калон
(Praporshiki kalān)
Размсоз
(Razmsāz)
OR-9
Ensign / Warrant Officer
Пра́поршик
(Praporshik)
Размовар
(Razmāvar)
Sergeants Petty Officer / Sergeant First Class
Старшина́
(Starshina)
Саргурӯҳбон
(Sargorūhbān)
OR-8
Senior Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Сержа́нти калон)
(Serzhánti kalān)
Гурӯҳбон
(Gorūhbān)
OR-7
Sergeant
Сержа́нт
(Serzhánt)
Гурӯҳдор
(Gorūhdār)
OR-6
Junior Sergeant / Corporal
Сержа́нти хурд
(Serzhánti khord)
Гурӯҳвар
(Gorūhvar)
OR-5
Soldiers and yefréytors Gefreiter / Lance Corporal / Private First Class
Ефре́йтор
(Yefréytor)
Радабон
(Radabān)
OR-4
Private
Қаторӣ
(Qatārī)
Сарбоз
(Sarbāz)
OR-1

The proposed system of Tajik military ranks sent to the National Security Council of Tajikistan.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.rferl.org/a/tajik-army-sticks-with-russian-terms-for-now/29693185.html
  2. ^ a b c Nadirov, Bahmanyor (10 November 2018). "Умед Джайхани: В национальной армии и терминология должна быть максимально национальной" (in Russian). Retrieved 28 November 2019.