Military ranks of Bolivia

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.

Army

The Army trains all its personnel in the following:

  • Army NCO School, Sucre
  • Military College of Bolivia, La Paz

Officer ranks

Equivalent
NATO code
OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer
Bolivia
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No equivalent No equivalent 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
Bolivia
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No equivalent No 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.

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:

  • Machinist Corps
  • Medical Corps
  • Divers Corps
  • Logistics Corps
  • Quartermasters Corps
  • Signals Corps
Insignia
Paygrade NCO SNCO Both Both Both Both Both
Corps Machinist Medical Divers Logistics Quartermasters Signals

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-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer
Bolivia
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No equivalent No equivalent
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
Bolivia
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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-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer
Bolivia
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No equivalent No equivalent 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
Bolivia
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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

References

  1. Pike, John. "Bolivian Uniforms and Insignia". www.globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  2. "Bolivia04-05 - Picture Pages". www.steiner7.com. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
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