Military ranks of Bolivia

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The Armed Forces of Bolivia has four main branches: Army, Navy, Air Force and the National Police Force. Each of the four branches has a similar structure, [1] each having four pay grades: non-commissioned officers, senior non-commissioned officers, commissioned officers and general staff. However, the SNCO roles vary depending on the branch; some of these hold specialisations.

Armed Forces of Bolivia combined military forces of Bolivia

The Armed Forces of Bolivia are official organizations responsible for the defence, both of external aggression and internal Bolivia. They also ensure security, stability, and protect the Bolivian Constitution.

Bolivian Army Land warfare branch of Bolivia

The Bolivian Army is the land forces component of the Armed Forces of Bolivia. On average, the army consists of 31,500 men.

Bolivian Navy naval warfare branch of Bolivias military forces

The Bolivian Navy is a branch of the Bolivian Armed Forces. As of 2008, the Bolivian Naval Force had approximately 5,000 personnel. Although Bolivia has been landlocked since the War of the Pacific in 1904, Bolivia established a River and Lake Force in January 1963 under the Ministry of National Defense. It consisted of four boats supplied from the United States and 1,800 personnel recruited largely from the Bolivian Army. The Bolivian Navy was renamed the Bolivian Naval Force in January 1966, but it has since been called the Bolivian Navy as well. It became a separate branch of the armed forces in 1963. Bolivia has large rivers which are tributaries to the Amazon which are patrolled to prevent smuggling and drug trafficking. Bolivia also maintains a naval presence on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, across which runs the Peruvian frontier.

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Army

The Army trains all its personnel in the following:

Officer ranks

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
Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
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No equivalent General De Fuerza (LTGEN).gif General De Division (MAJGEN).gif General De Brigada (Brig).gif No equivalent Coronel (COL).gif Teniente Coronel (LTCOL).gif Mayor (MJR).gif Captain (CPT).gif Teniente (1LT).gif Subteniente (2LT).gif Unknown
Army General
General De Ejercito
Divisional General
General De División
Brigade General
General De Brigada
Colonel
Coronel
Lieutenant-Colonel
Teniente Coronel
Major
Mayor
Captain
Captáin
First Lieutenant
Teniente
Second Lieutenant
Subteniente

Enlisted ranks

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1
Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
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Sub-Oficial Maestre (CSGTMAJ).gif Sub-Oficial Mayor (SGTMAJ).gif Sub-Oficial 1 (MSGT).gif Sub-Oficial 2 (SFC).gif Sub-Oficial Inicial (SSGT).gif Sargento 1 (SGT).gif Sargento 2 (CPL).gif Cabo (PFC).gif No equivalentNo insignia
Master Warrant Officer
Sub-Oficial Maestre
Warrant Officer Major
Sub-Oficial Mayor
Warrant Officer
1st Class

Sub-Oficial 1°
Warrant Officer
2nd Class

Sub-Oficial 2°
Junior Warrant Officer
Sub-Oficial Inicial
Sergeant 1st Class
Sergento 1°
Sergeant 2nd Class
Sargento 2°
Corporal
Cabo
Private
Soldado

Despite being a landlocked country, Bolivia has a large quantity of rivers and lakes which the majority of their naval operations take place on, one example of this is Lake Titicaca, [2] which is shared between Bolivia and Peru.

Landlocked country country entirely enclosed by land areas, or whose only coastlines lie lakes or on closed seas

A landlocked state or landlocked country is a sovereign state entirely enclosed by land, or whose only coastlines lie on closed seas. There are currently 49 such countries, including five partially recognised states.

Lake Titicaca lake in Peru and Bolivia

Lake Titicaca is a large, deep lake in the Andes on the border of Bolivia and Peru, often called the "highest navigable lake" in the world. By volume of water and by surface area, it is the largest lake in South America. Lake Maracaibo has a larger surface area, but it is a tidal bay, not a lake.

Peru republic in South America

Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America. It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean. Peru is a megadiverse country with habitats ranging from the arid plains of the Pacific coastal region in the west to the peaks of the Andes mountains vertically extending from the north to the southeast of the country to the tropical Amazon Basin rainforest in the east with the Amazon river.

The Navy, unlike the other three branches, has different specialisations for the NCOs and SNCOs once they reach the rank of 'seaman'. Once a specialisation has been achieved, the sailors' insignia will be adjusted slightly, to make his/her profession more visible. Those corps are as follows:

Insignia
Bolivian Machinist Corps NCO.png
Bolivian Machinist Corps SNCO.png
Bolivian Medical Corps.png
Bolivian Divers Corps.png
Bolivian Logistics Corps.png
Bolivian Quartermasters Corps.png
Bolivian Signals Corps.png
PaygradeNCOSNCOBothBothBothBothBoth
CorpsMachinistMedicalDiversLogisticsQuartermastersSignals

Any rank between Seaman and Master Chief Petty Officer can have a specialisation as part of their regular rank insignia, the only corps where the insignia varies is within the Machinist Corps, where both NCO and SNCO have a different insignia, this also helps determine their qualifications and what they are responsible for.

The most Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer, holds no specific specialisation but once would have as he/she would have had to work their way up through the NCO and SNCO ranks of the Navy itself. This sailor would also be the overseer of each of the Corps, ensuring that this branch's members are fully trained and equipped.

Officer ranks

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
Naval Ensign of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
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No equivalent Chile Navy OF-9.svg Chile Navy OF-8.svg Chile Navy OF-7.svg No equivalent Chile Navy OF-5.svg Chile Navy OF-4.svg Chile Navy OF-3.svg Bolivia Navy OF-2.svg Bolivia Navy OF-1b.svg Chile Navy OF-1b.svg Bolivia Navy OF-(D).svg
Almirante Vicealmirante Contraalmirante Capitán de Navío Capitán de Fragata Capitán de Corbeta Alférez de Navio Alférez de Fragata Alférez de Corbeta Alférez

Enlisted ranks

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1
Naval Ensign of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
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Sub-Oficial Maestre (Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer).gif Sub-Oficial Mayor (Master Chief Petty Officer).png Sub-Oficial Primero (Senior Chief Petty Officer).png Sub-Oficial Segundo (Chief Petty Officer).png Sub-Oficial Inicial (Petty Officer 1st Class).png Sargento Primero (Petty Officer 2rd Class).png Sargento Segundo (Petty Officer 3rd Class).png Marinero.png Marinero De Primera (Seaman Apprentice).gif Marinero De Segunda (Seaman Recruit).gif
Sub-Oficial Maestre Sub-Oficial Mayor Sub-Oficial Primero Sub-Oficial Segundo Sub-Oficial Inicial Sargento Primero Sargento Segundo Marinero Marinero de Primero Marinero de Segunda

Air Force

Officer ranks

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
Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
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No equivalent General De Fuerza Aerea (Lieutenant General).gif General De Division Aerea (Major General).gif General De Brigada Aerea (Brigadier).gif No equivalent Coronel De Avacion (Colonel).gif Teniente Coronel De Avacion (Lieutenant Colonel).gif Mayor De Avacion (Major).gif Captain De Avacion (Captain).gif Teniente De Avacion (First Lieutenant).gif Subteniente De Avacion (Second Lieutenant).gif Unknown
Army General
General De Fuerza Aeréa
Divisional General
General De División Aeréa
Brigade General
General De Brigada Aeréa
Colonel
Coronel Aviador
Lieutenant-Colonel
Teniente Coronel Aviador
Major
Mayor Aviador
Captain
Captáin Aviador
First Lieutenant
Teniente Aviador
Second Lieutenant
Subteniente Aviador

Enlisted ranks

Equivalent
NATO Code
OR-9OR-8OR-7OR-6OR-5OR-4OR-3OR-2OR-1
Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
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Sub-Oficial Maestre (Command Chief Master Sergeant).gif Sub-Oficial Mayor (Chief Master Sergeant).gif Sub-Oficial 1 (Senior Master Sergeant).gif Sub-Oficial 2 (Master Sergeant).gif Sub-Oficial Inicial (Technical Sergeant).gif Sargento 1(Staff Sergeant).gif Sargento 2 (Sergeant).gif Cabo (Airman 1st Class).gif Dragoneante (Airman).gif No equivalent
Master Warrant Officer
Sub-Oficial Maestre
Warrant Officer Major
Sub-Oficial Mayor
Warrant Officer
1st Class

Sub-Oficial 1°
Warrant Officer
2nd Class

Sub-Oficial 2°
Junior Warrant Officer
Sub-Oficial Inicial
Sergeant 1st Class
Sergento 1°
Sergeant 2nd Class
Sargento 2°
Corporal
Cabo
Airman
Dragoneante

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