Brigadier general

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Brigadier general (Brig. Gen.) or Brigade general is a senior rank in the armed forces. It is the lowest ranking general officer in some countries, usually sitting between the ranks of colonel and major general. When appointed to a field command, a brigadier general is typically in command of a brigade consisting of around 4,000 troops (four battalions). In some countries a brigadier general is informally designated as a one-star general (OF-6).

In some countries, this rank is given the name of brigadier, which is usually equivalent to brigadier general in the armies of nations that use the rank, although the rank is not regarded as a general officer.

The rank can be traced back to the militaries of Europe where a brigadier general, or simply a brigadier, would command a brigade in the field. The rank name général de brigade, (which translates as "brigade general"), was first used in the French revolutionary armies.

In the first quarter of the 20th century, British and Commonwealth armies used the rank of brigadier general as a temporary appointment, or as an honorary appointment on retirement; in the 1920s this practice changed to the use of brigadier, which was not classed as a general officer.

Some armies, such as Taiwan and Japan, use major general as the equivalent of brigadier general. Some of these armies then use the rank of colonel general to make four general-officer ranks.[citation needed]

Mexico uses the ranks of both General brigadier and General de brigada.


Army insignia

Air force insignia

This gallery displays Air Force brigadier general insignia if they are different from the Army brigadier general insignia. (They usually are.)
Note that in many Commonwealth countries, the equivalent air force rank is Air Commodore (and in the Netherlands, it is simply Commodore).

Naval infantry insignia

Other insignia

Other Languages
azərbaycanca: Briqadir
беларуская: Брыгадны генерал
Ελληνικά: Ταξίαρχος
Esperanto: Brigada generalo
فارسی: سرتیپ
한국어: 준장
Bahasa Indonesia: Brigadir Jenderal
Bahasa Melayu: Brigedier Jeneral
Nederlands: Brigadegeneraal
日本語: 准将
norsk nynorsk: Brigadegeneral
português: General de brigada
Simple English: Brigadier general
slovenčina: Brigádny generál
slovenščina: Brigadni general
српски / srpski: Бригадни генерал
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Brigadni general
svenska: Brigadgeneral
Türkçe: Tuğgeneral
українська: Бригадний генерал
Tiếng Việt: Chuẩn tướng
中文: 准將