The Armed Services
The following list compares old and new civil service grades with their equivalents in the armed services.
- Principal, Grade 7, Deputy Director, Team Leader etc. = Colonel, Captain, Group Capt
- Assistant Secretary, Grade 5, SCS Pay Band 1, Director or Deputy Director = 1 star, Brigadier , Senior Captain, Commodore, Air Commodore
- Under Secretary, Grade 3, SCS Pay Band 2, Director = 2 star, Major General, Rear Admiral, Air Vice Marshall
- Deputy Secretary, Grade 2, SCS Pay Band 3, Director General = 3 star, Lieutenant General, Vice Admiral, Air Marshal
- Permanent Secretary = 4/5 star , General, Field Marshal, Admiral, Admiral of the Fleet, Air Chief Marshal, Marshal of the RAF
What do they do?
- A General commands an Army - probably 300-400,000 strong.
- A Lieutenant General commands an Army Corps - probably 75-80,000
- A Major General commands a Division - c.18,000
- A Brigadier General ('Brigadier') commands a Brigade - c.4,000
- A Lieutenant Colonel ('Colonel') commands a Battalion - c1,000
- A Major or Captain commands a Company - c.200
- A Lieutenant or 2nd Lieutenant commands a Platoon - c.50
- A Corporal commands a Section - 10 to 12.
The Pecking Order!
Click here to see a delightful chart which compares all the ranks in all four services.