Like most modern modern day forces, the English are subdivided into the three divisions of the Land Forces, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.
In contrast to the Air Force and the Navy, the land force in England does not carry the suffix "Royal". This decision goes back to the 17th century, because the English parliament wanted to renounce a pending army in peacetime and also limited the access of the king to prohibit an abuse of the soldiers in affairs of domestic politics. In this Bill of Rights of 1689 an army can only be established or maintained with the consent of the Parliament. This rule is still valid today, although every year it is only a formality.
Like the german army, the british army consists of professional soldiers and volunteers. The man strength is currently around 114,440.
Team Ranks of the British Army
- Private Class 4
- Private Class 1–3
- Lance Corporal
Private Class 4 (1) (without badges), Private Class 1–3 (2) (without badges), Lance Corporal (3)
Corporal ranks of the british army
- Staff Sergeant / Colour Sergeant
- Warrant Officer Class 2
- Warrant Officer Class 2 (Quartermaster Sergeant)
- Warrant Officer Class 1
- Warrant Officer Class 1 (Conductor)
Corporal (4), Sergeant (5), Staff Sergeant / Colour Sergeant (6), Warrant Officer Class 2 (7), Warrant Officer Class 2 (Quartermaster Sergeant) (8), Warrant Officer Class 1 (9), Warrant Officer Class 1 (Conductor) (10)
The rank of Color Sergeant is used only in the Royal Marines and the infantry regiments. In the other divisions, the name is Staff Sergeant.
The rankings Quartermaster Sergeant and Conductor are used only on special posts and worn accordingly by badge.
Officer ranks of the british army
- Second Lieutenant
- Lieutenant Colonel
Second Lieutenant (11), Lieutenant (12), Captain (13), Major (14), Lieutenant Colonel (15), Colonel (16), Brigadier (17)
General ranks of the British Army
- Major General
- Lieutenant General
- Field Marshal
Major General (18), Lieutenant General (19), General (20), Field Marshal (21)
The rank of Field Marshal is awarded only in case of war or honor.
You can find the right literature here:
The British Army Guide 2016–2017
In 1984 the first edition of the British Army Guide was published and in September 2015 the 13th edition will be on sale. This invaluable information resource which deals with all aspects of British Army organization, recruitment and training has been extremely popular with service personnel, the defense industry, military libraries and other groups who are interested in the British Army worldwide. Copies can be seen on desks throughout the UK Ministry of defense and it would be fair to say that almost every foreign defense attache in London has a copy in his briefcase.
Chapters include a defense Overview; Army Organization; International Commitments; armor, Infantry, Artillery, Army Aviation, Engineers, Communications and Combat Service Support; Units of the Army; Recruiting and Training; Reserve Forces plus a final Miscellaneous Chapter which deals with a number of items essential to understanding How the British Army functions on a daily basis.
Lavishly illustrated throughout there is no comparable publication available on the market.
The Making of the British Army by Allan Mallinson
Edgehill, 1642: Surveying the disastrous scene in the aftermath of the first battle of the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell realizes that war can no longer be made in the old, feudal way: there has to be system and discipline, and therefore - eventually - a standing professional army.
From the 'New Model Army' of Cromwell's distant vision, former soldier Allan Mallinson shows us the people and events that have shaped the army we know today. How Marlborough's momentous victory at Blenheim is linked to Wellington's at Waterloo; how the desperate fight at Rorke's Drift in 1879 underpinned the heroism of the airborne forces at Arnhem in 1944; and why Montgomery's momentous victory at El Alamein mattered long after the Second World War was over.
The British Army in Afghanistan 2006–14: Task Force Helmand
Fighting an elusive and dangerous enemy far from home, the British army in Afghanistan has been involved in asymmetric warfare for the best part of a decade. The eight-year series of deployments jointly known as Operation 'Herrick', alongside US and other NATO contingents within the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, have been the longest continuous combat commitment of the British Army since World War II. Together with Operation 'Telic' in Iraq, which immediately preceded and overlapped with it, this conflict has shaped the British Army for a generation. Enemy threats have diversified and evolved, with a consequent evolution of British doctrine, tactics and equipment. This book provides a detailed analysis of those specifics within a clear, connected account of the course of the war in Helmand, operation by operation.
Army Aptitude Tests: Ability, Cognitive, Numerical, and Literacy Practice Tests for the British Army Assessment Centre
Army Aptitude Tests is the ultimate preparation and practice tests workbook for passing the British Army selection tests (formerly known as the British Army Recruitment Battery tests – BARB tests). This guide is packed full of example tutorials and practice questions for all of the various army cognitive tests including ability, numerical, and literacy questions. The questions contained within this book test similar skills to those that you will be assessed against, during your actual test. They are fantastic preparation for the real thing, and will help you to achieve high scores. Written by the authors of the UK’s leading Army BARB testing book, this comprehensive guide includes:
- Sample practice tests for each specific area;
- Practice material for gaining higher scores;
- The assessable areas you need to learn in order to pass;
- The Error Checking Test;
- The Spatial Awareness Assessment Test;
- The Number Reasoning Test;
- The Logical Reasoning Test;
- The Word Reasoning Test;
- The Category Reasoning Tests;
- Plus essential top tips and advice.