ISTR that the higher status for RM Officers only applied when serving at sea. I also recall a Booty Major at a Flag HQ appealing to the COS to upgrade his car parking space to the Commanders' bit as he ranked with them.
"Show me the oggin Royal and I'll tell the gate staff to make it so"
At some point long ago Lts of over eight years' seniority were given an extra half stripe. Later (?1914) they were officially titled Lt Cdr. At this point some insolent Pongo wag described them as Spunyarn Majors.
Thanks - presumably dating back to the days of Lieutenants promoting to Commander (hence introduction of the Lt Cdr rank to bridge this). Did the RM have Majors or did their Lieutenants go straight to Lt Col as well prior to this point?
Lt Commander comes, I believe, more from the older "Lt in Command [of the ship] i.e. the Captain of a smaller vessel such as a sloop or small frigate (not Ships of the Line).
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RM Field Marshal = Really, old chap? Really? [stand fast Royalty]I don't think the RM have ever had FM rank. The Captain General (Phil the Greek) wears FM dress though.
... led to the decision to align RM ranks with the Army in 1999. 1998? Pretty sure my OC in 1998 was a Maj.
The older rank alignment caused some strange anomalies in Cdo units. CO= Col A/Lt Col, 2i/c Lt Col A/Major, Senior Coy Commander Maj (equiv Army Lt Col). The last Col COs & Lt Col 2i/cs didn't go until the early-mid 2000s. e.g. Lt Gen Gordon Messenger was Col CO of 40 on Telic.