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Lieutenant colonel(pronounced Lef-ten-ent Kernel (UK & Commonwealth) or Loo-ten-ent Kernel (US)) is a rank of commissioned officer in the armies, most marine forces and some air forces of the world, above a major and below a colonel. The rank of lieutenant colonel is often shortened to simply "colonel" in conversation and in unofficial correspondence. Sometimes, the term 'half-colonel' is used in casual conversation in the British Army.[2] A lieutenant colonel is typically in charge of a battalion or regiment in the army.

Lieutenant colonel ranks by country


The following articles deal with the rank of lieutenant colonel (or its equivalent)

Lieutenant colonel equivalents


  • Azerbaijan - Polkovnik leytenant
  • Afghanistan — Dagarman (دګرمن)
  • Arab worldMoqaddam (مقدم)
  • Albania — Nënkolonel
  • Argentina - Teniente Coronel
  • Armenia — Pokhgndapet (փոխգնդապետ)
  • Austria — Oberstleutnant
  • Belgium — Lieutenant-colonel (French language), Luitenant-kolonel (Dutch language)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina — Potpukovnik
  • Brazil — Tenente-coronel
  • Chile — Teniente Coronel
  • Bulgaria — Podpolkovnik
  • Cambodia — Lok Vorsenito (លោកវរសេនីយ៍ទោ)
  • Colombia — Teniente Coronel
  • Croatia - Podpukovnik
  • Czech Republic — Podplukovník
  • People's Republic of China — 中校 (Zhōng xiào)
  • Republic of China (Taiwan) — 中校 (Zhōng xiào)
  • Denmark — Oberstløjtnant
  • Estonia — Kolonelleitnant
  • Ethiopia — Lieutenant koronel
  • Finland — Everstiluutnantti, Överstelöjtnant
  • France — Lieutenant-colonel
  • Germany — Oberstleutnant Nazi Germany — Obersturmbannführer (only in the SS)
  • Georgia — Vice-colonel (vitse-polkovniki)
  • Greece — Antisyntagmatarkhis
  • Honduras — Teniente Coronel
  • Hungary — Alezredes
  • Indonesia — Letnan kolonel (abbreviated Letkol)[1]
  • Iran — Sarhang dovom (سرهنگ دوم)
  • Israel — Sgan aluf (סגן-אלוף / סא״ל)
  • Italy — Tenente colonnello
  • Japan — Ni sa (二佐)
  • North Korea — Jungjwa (중좌)
  • South Korea — Jungryung (중령)
  • Latvia — Pulkvežleitnants
  • Lithuania — Pulkininkas leitenantas
  • Macedonia - Потполковник (Potpolkovnik)
  • Malaysia - Leftenan-Kolonel
  • Malta — Logotenent kurunell
  • Mongolia — Дэд Хурандаа (Ded Khurandaa)
  • Netherlands — Luitenant-kolonel
  • Norway — Oberstløytnant
  • Pakistan - Lieutenant Colonel
  • Philippines — Kalakan (Tagalog), Teniente Coronel (Spanish)
  • Poland — Podpułkownik
  • Portugal — Tenente-coronel
  • Romania — Locotenent colonel
  • Russia — Podpolkovnik
  • Serbia — Potpukovnik
  • Slovakia — Podplukovník
  • Slovenia — Podpolkovnik
  • Somalia — Gaashaanle Dhexe
  • South Africa — Commandant/kommandant (1950–1994); Lieutenant-colonel or Luitenant-kolonel (Afrikaans language: pre-1950 and post-1994)
  • Spain and some Spanish speaking countriesTeniente coronel
  • Sweden — Överstelöjtnant
  • Switzerland — Oberstleutnant (German language), Lieutenant-colonel (French language)
  • Thailand — พันโท
  • Turkey — Yarbay
  • Ukraine — Pidpolkovnyk
  • Vietnam — Trung Tá
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