retired capt or major

#1
gentlemen can anyone out there tell me the most junior rank of a commissioned offr that can add retired at the end of his name. is it a capt or a major.
thanks theres money on the answer, ill by u a pintfor the right answer :? :?
 
#2
Major. But you'd have to be fairly sad to keep using it.

I think the authority for it comes from QR's. I'm not at work at the moment, but will have a look in the morning.
 
#3
TheCheerfulSubbie said:
Major. But you'd have to be fairly sad to keep using it.

I think the authority for it comes from QR's. I'm not at work at the moment, but will have a look in the morning.
Or work on a range complex somewhere..................
 
#4
I believe that Major is the lower limit, however I have seen a good few Capt(Retd) signature blocks on e-mails - and even on a brass plate on someones office door.
 
#5
I think this is the answer:

RULES FOR THE RETENTION OF SUBSTANTIVE RANK AND THE GRANT AND RETENTION OF
HONORARY RANK BY OFFICERS OF THE REGULAR ARMY ON LEAVING THE ACTIVE LIST

1. General. This Annex lays down the current rules for the retention of substantive rank and the grant and retention of
honorary rank by officers of the Regular Army who leave the active list.
2. Retention of substantive rank
a. A regular officer who is eligible by length of service for retired pay or gratuity, or who retires on account of ill
health having been reported by the approved medical authority as being unfit for military service, will retain
his substantive rank on retirement.
b. A short service officer who qualifies for the full rate of retired pay applicable to a regular officer will similarly
retain his substantive rank on retirement.
c. c. A retired officer will forfeit his rank and status after conviction by a civil power where said conviction
results in a custodial sentence.
QRs Annex C To Ch 9

http://www.army.mod.uk/documents/general/queens_regulations_incl_a27.pdf

Edited to add - If an officer retires on a pension from SSC then he/she would be a Capt as you can't be promoted to Maj these days unless you hold IRC as a minimum. Therefore the lowest rank can be Capt (Retd). I have seen this before, but mainly in the case of a small number of sad, very sad LE officers.
 
#8
mountain said:
bonzo dog ref ur reply u only mentioned reg offrs. does it still stand for TA?
I have absolutely no idea and can't find TA regs online. Perhaps one of our more senior TA posters can help.
 
#9
Done before. Capt is the first field rank although with the caveat that the post of Adjt goes with it.

Capt Mark Phillips was the sad sod that most people used as an example of using retd rank.
 
#10
in_the_cheapseats said:
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Capt Mark Phillips was the sad sod that most people used as an example of using retd rank.
I love his wikipedia entry:

Upon passing out from Sandhurst, Phillips was commissioned into 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards in 1969, where he acquired the nickname "Foggy" on the grounds that he was "thick and wet". Since leaving the Army he has continued to style himself Captain Mark Phillips.
:D :D
 
#11
Every dog has his day!

I sent my retirement letter yesterday, so I was looking at the TA Regs 1978 Amdt 31 terms of service in detail. (and no I won't be using the "(retd) marker.....Anyone who does on retirement these days would appear a right chod. Retirement is a bit more controlled and prehaps a more graceful way to leave.

It was just cleaner and better than a resignation aka Sir Ian Blair style.

Well TA regs does not mention rank at all, just that you need to complete 10 years service and you will be 'retired' in your substantive rank.
Apply to CO and give 3 months notice!
 
#12
Other examples are Captain (Retd) Fantastic (and the Brown Dirt Cowboy). Captain Fantastic is now an RO in Wilton. He can regularly be seen in the bar at Friday lunch time, swinging the lamp about the music business in the 70s with his fellow ROs Captain Sensible and Captain and Tenille.
 
#13
Jorrocks said:
Other examples are Captain (Retd) Fantastic (and the Brown Dirt Cowboy). Captain Fantastic is now an RO in Wilton. He can regularly be seen in the bar at Friday lunch time, swinging the lamp about the music business in the 70s with his fellow ROs Captain Sensible and Captain and Tenille.
Damn ! That gets you a free drink when (if ever ) we meet :D :D
 
#16
The is a Capt (Retd) at the AMS museum near Aldershot, used to take great pleasure in ringing him up and correcting him that he is in fact a Mr as he didnt reach field rank, or did he have dispensation from Liz at Buck House?
 
#19
Filbert Fox said:
The is a Capt (Retd) at the AMS museum near Aldershot, used to take great pleasure in ringing him up and correcting him that he is in fact a Mr as he didnt reach field rank, or did he have dispensation from Liz at Buck House?
I thought a Captain WAS Field Rank ? (the lowest,true..)
 

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