A Question on Rank.

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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,


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
Yes there is a reason.

Major General was originally Sergeant Major General.
PrinceAlbert said:
At the end of the day you call them all "Sir" so it's no problem
Not all of us.
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
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!
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