Colonel. The Rank at which one slides gracefully from Field Officer to General Staff Officer rank, denoted by the wearing of red tabs on the shirt collar, or service dress lapel, a mega pension, and the relaxed attitude that says "I've commanded my Battalion, got the kids through uni, my pension's safe - from here to retirement, I'm on cruise control".
Not to be confused with the less important (but for God's don't tell them that):Lieutenant Colonel or Half Colonel - normally the CO of a Battalion sized (Major) Unit.
- Colonel or Full Colonel is a senior Staff Officer or the CO of an exeptionally large Major Unit such as a training establishment or Depot.
- As in "you going down the Colonel Gadaffi?" (NAAFI)
|Commissioned Officer ranks|
|Second Lieutenant → Lieutenant → Captain → Major → Lieutenant Colonel → Colonel →|
Brigadier → Major General → Lieutenant General → General → Field Marshal
|Junior & Non-Commissioned ranks|
|Private → Lance Corporal → Corporal →|
Sergeant → Staff Sergeant → Warrant Officer Class 2 → Warrant Officer Class 1