A Question on Rank.

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#1
hi!,

im turning to ARRSE members, as i cannot find a satisfactory answer to a military rank, "problem" as it were, that has been bugging me for a few days.

in this case, google has not been my friend.

i begin my recruit training on the 18th, and have been memorising all the ranks and insignia, and while doing so, obviously i noticed...
...

a Lieutenant is below the rank of Major,

yet,

a Lieutenant General outranks a Major general.

i know its a monday night, but i was wondering if there is any particular reason behind this?

many thanks
stv
 
#2
Yes there is a reason.

Major General was originally Sergeant Major General.
 
#4
PrinceAlbert said:
At the end of the day you call them all "Sir" so it's no problem
Not all of us.
 
#5
Major Gneral is derived from the rank of Sergeant Major General, which signified the commander of an army's infantry forces. Thus it is outranked by a Lt General.

Editted to add - I need to learn to type A LOT faster :D
 
#6
I'm afraid I can't remember the reason from the top of my head, but if you think you are a little confused now, just wait until somebody explains the Household Cavalry to you for the first time!
 
#12
You called?
 
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