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South African ranks

Post  wfrad on Sun 29 Jun 2014, 10:46 pm

A small selection of South African navy badges.
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General Officer ranks

Post  wfrad on Wed 23 Jul 2014, 4:46 am

Idea came from a pdf file I found that doesn't have any title other than SA Army Insignia 1912-2012.
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SA Field and junior officers

Post  wfrad on Tue 29 Jul 2014, 10:54 am

Here's a chart for the South African field and junior officers. A rough guide only, for example for the 2002 field ranks I used a cap badge as a guide for the field insignia.
I just couldn't find any quality modern field or generalís ranks to use a guide.
In 1956 the rank of general was renamed commandant general, with three stars and the crossed sword and baton as insignia. †The †Commandant General title was also used to denote the appointment previously known as Chief of the General Staff that was change to Chief of the SADF. † † †A few months later the crown was superseded by the castle rank badge.
Brigadiers, colonels, commandants, majors and staff sergeants substituted the new badge for the old.
Generals and warrant officers adopted new arrangements of insignia:
Major General crossed sword and baton with one castle,
Lieutenant General two castles,
Commandant General three castles,
The badge for all warrant officers first class the wreathed coat of arms
The unwreathed arms for the warrant officers second class.
In 1950 the title Lieutenant Colonel was changed to commandant.
In 1959 there were several more new rank titles :
General instead of Lieutenant General,
Combat General instead of major-general,
Field Cornet instead of captain,
Sub Lieutenant instead of second lieutenant,
Chief Sergeant instead of staff sergeant, and
Private Class I instead of Lance Corporall.
Their use was suspended but the title combat general was resumed, while lieutenants became field cornets and second lieutenants became assistant field cornets.
The original British rank titles were restored in 1968 and commandant general had reverted to plain General in 1967.
The rank of chief commandant wearing a castle, a star and a spray of laurel leaves, was introduced into the commandos in 1969, but was discontinued two years later.
Non-commissioned officers chevrons were changed from the British pattern to a deep v- shape of the German style, in about 1949.
In 1951 the British rank star was replaced by a five-pointed star, the points of which were said to represent the four provinces plus South West Africa.

Non-commissioned officers reverted to wearing British-style chevrons when the 'stepout'
uniform was introduced in 1975-76.
source: South African Army Ranks and Insignia by W/02 Arthur Radburn
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