What is a Naik?

Introduction Naik (Nk; sometimes historically spelled nayak) is an Indian Army, Pakistan Army and Bangladesh Police rank equivalent to corporal. Background In Tamil, the word naik was used to indicate a lord or governor prior to its use as an equivalent to corporal in British India. The rank was previously used in the British Indian… Read More


What is a Lance Daffadar?

Introduction Lance daffadar is the equivalent rank to corporal in Pakistan, Indian and British Indian Army cavalry units, ranking between acting lance daffadar and daffadar. In other units the equivalent is naik. Like a British corporal, a lance daffadar wears two rank chevrons. Background Acting lance daffadar is the equivalent rank to lance corporal in… Read More

More Important…

“We have good corporals and sergeants, and some good lieutenants and captains, and those are far more important than good generals.” William Sherman (1820 to 1891) William Tecumseh Sherman was an American Civil War general and a major architect of modern warfare. He led Union forces in crushing campaigns through the South, marching through Georgia… Read More

Corporal says Arguing is barred…

“October 21st [1914] More bayonet instruction this afternoon. Our chaps are beginning to hold their weapons as if they meant business. Wetted my stripe today at dinner in the tent with drinks all around, and took the opportunity to intimate that I was to be addressed as “Corporal” in the future, and not by my… Read More

The Number of Royal Engineers Promoted to Corporal & Sergeant, 2014 & 2015

Table 1 outlines the percentage of Royal Engineer Lance Corporals (LCpl) promoted to Corporal (Cpl) and Corporals promoted to Sergeant (Sgt) during the 2014 and 2015 promotion selection boards, for their 1st to 6th ‘looks’. Table 1: Number selected for promotion to Corporal or Sergeant Promotion Board 1st 2nd 3erd 4th 5th 6th Total Selected… Read More

The Number of REME Corporal Promotions (2009 to 2015)

Table 1 highlights the number of promotions from Lance Corporal to Corporal with REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) between 2009 and 2015. Table 1: Number of promotions to Corporal between 2009 and 2015 Year Number of Lance Corporals Presented to the Board Number of Lance Corporals Promoted to Corporal 2009/2010 314 290 2010/2011 341… Read More