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Bangladesh Navy - Rank and Rank Insignia

The Bangladesh Navy "looks for young gentlemen and women willing to take challenging career and leadership as officer. Equally individuals seek respect, pride and honour are in demands of the Navy. To meet these needs promising young and energetic men/women of high humane quality with required educational standard and character traits are welcome to Bangladesh Navy."

In the Navy promotion to the rank of Lieutenant and Lieutenant Commander is a timescale promotion. Promotion to the rank of Commander and above is a selective promotion.

For Permanent Commission, interested promising young man/woman after passing HSC from science group undergoes a selection procedure followed by the tests of Inter Service Selection Board (ISSB). Selected cadets join Bangladesh Naval Academy (BNA). At the outset Cadets are sent to BMA for 10 weeks combined training with Army and Air force cadets. Then they come back to BNA for exclusive training on naval aspects. On completion of 18 month training at BNA they are promoted to the rank of Midshipman. On completion of 6 months training onboard, Midshipman appears before Fleet Board Examination. After qualifying Fleet Board Examination they are promoted to the rank of Acting Sub Lieutenant. On the other hand after graduating from Engineering university/college selected candidates join BNA for training directly as an Acting Sub Lieutenant. All Acting Sub Lieutenants under go basic professional training, On completion they are sent to ship. On obtaining Watch Keeping/Charge/Competency Certificate they are promoted to Sub Lieutenant rank.

For Short Service Commission, interested Master Degree qualified candidates after qualifying in all respect join BNA as an Acting Sub Lieutenant. They join and serve as a short service commissioned officer in the Navy.

A sailor is recruited in the navy as continuous or non-continuous service sailor. In continuous service, a sailor is initially recruited for 12 years and subsequently reengaged as per navy regulation. A non-continuous service sailor is initially recruited for 3 years and subsequently re-engaged for the term as laid down in the navy regulation. Promotion/Advancement in the service is considered as the prime requirement of a sailor to build up his career. A sailor may be promoted/advanced step by step up to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, the highest rank of sailors' career by fulfilling the requirements of particular rank/branch. To attain this rank a sailor needs minimum 15 years of unblemished service. Master Chief Petty Officers of all branches may be granted Honorary Commissions provided they have rendered especially meritorious service. A sailor may also apply for permanent commissioned rank or Special Duty (SD) List Officer by possessing the qualifications as laid down in the Navy Regulation.

Rank of Navy

Equivalent Rank


Air Force

Admiral of the Fleet

Field Marshal

Marshal of the Air Force

General Air Chief Marshal

Vice Admiral
Lieutenant General Air Marshal

Rear Admiral
Major General Air Vice Marshal

Brigadier General Air Commodore

Colonel Group Captain

Lieutenant Colonel Wing Commander

Lieutenant Commander
Major Squadron Leader

Captain Flight Lieutenant

Sub Lieutenant /
Acting Sub Lieutenant
Lieutenant Flying Officer

Second Lieutenant Pilot Officer

Master Chief Petty Officer
Master Chief
Warrant Officer
Master Warrant Officer

Chief Petty Officer
Chief Warrant Officer Senior Warrant Officer

Petty Officer
Warrant Officer Warrant Officer
Sergeant Sergeant
Corporal Corporal

Leading Seaman
Lance Corporal Leading Aircraftman

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