What is a Jemadar?

Introduction Jemadar or jamadar is a title used for various military and other officials in the Indian subcontinent. Etymology The word stems from Urdu (جمعدار), which derives through Persian jam(a)dar from Arabic jamā‘a(t) ‘muster’ + -dār ‘holder’. Pre-Colonial A jemadar was originally an armed official of a zamindar (feudal lord) in India who, like a… Read More

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What is a Garrison Sergeant Major?

Introduction A garrison Sergeant Major (GSM) in the British Army is the senior warrant officer of a garrison and holds the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1). London District The GSM London District, always a guardsman, holds one of the four most senior WO1 appointments in the British Army, and has military ceremonial responsibility… Read More

What is a Voivode?

Introduction Voivode (/ˈvɔɪˌvoʊd/, also spelled Voievod, Voivoda, Vojvoda or Wojewoda) is a title denoting a “military-leader” or “warlord” in Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe since the Early Middle Ages. During the Byzantine Empire it referred to military commanders mainly of Slavic-speaking populations. Etymology The term Voivode comes from two roots, first word; voi is related… Read More

What is a Sepoy?

Introduction A sepoy or সিপাহী was originally the designation given to a professional Indian infantryman, usually armed with a musket, in the armies of the Mughal Empire. In the 18th century, the French East India Company and its other European counterparts employed locally recruited soldiers within India, mainly consisting of infantry designated as “sepoys”. The… Read More

WO2 to be Reintroduced to the Royal Navy

The rank of Warrant Officer 2nd Class (WO2) will re-appear in the Royal Navy (RN) from 01 April 2022 after an eight-year hiatus following confirmation of re-organising senior rates’ upper ranks. Introduced in 2004 to RN technical branches to replace Charge Chief Petty Officer (CCPO), it was phased out ten years later. It is being… Read More

Better Serve Rank…

“Rank is only given you in the Army to enable you to better serve those below you and those above you. Rank is not given for you to exercise your idiosyncrasies.” Bruce C. Clarke (1901 to 1988) US Army General who served in WW1, WW2 (awarded three Silver Stars) and the Korean War. Graduated from… Read More

Rank & Idiosyncrasies…

“Rank is only given you in the Army to enable you to better serve those below you and those above you. Rank is not given for you to exercise your idiosyncrasies.” General Bruce C. Clarke (1901 to 1988) Bruce Cooper Clarke was a US Army general. He was a career officer who served in World… Read More