Venezuelan military ranks
A new law approved in July 2008 changed the military ranks of Venezuela. The law was sanctioned by Venezuelan Legislative Body Asamblea Nacional, however the changes were designed by President Hugo Chavez Frias in order to standardize Venezuelan military ranks with the Cuban Army, among another changes in terms of names, functions and commanding regulation of the armed forced.
The main changes are for the Top Officer Ranks, with the incorporation of the Comandante en Jefe rank, the upgrading of the General en Jefe/Almirante en Jefe Rank, and the creation of the Mayor General/Almirante Rank.
Even before these legal changes, the Venezuelan Military ranks system were always notably complex and differs a lot from other armies in the Region. It has 3 types of Non Commissioned Officers: Technical, Professional and Enlisted.
Comandante en jefe: The new all military leader rank
The office of the Venezuelan military supreme commander has always been held by the President, however with the new law sanctioned in 2008, the Comandante en Jefe is not only a function attributed to the executive branch, but is now set to be a military rank equivalent to a Five Stars General or a Marshall. Anybody who gets elected President of Venezuela is incorporated to the military with a full commissioned officer status and will have a uniform.
Chavez retired as Lieutenant Colonel in the Army in 1992, but with this new responsibility he is reinstated in the army and has the right to wear a uniform and distinctive shoulder badge and sleeve insignia. This rank holds the direct operational control and command over all armed forces.
The charge is a copy of the one used by Fidel Castro in Cuba, and the design of the shoulder patch are very similar one to another.
For the Army, National Guard, Air Force and new military force Militia, these are the ranks:
General en Jefe: Military top officer, usually Ministry of Defense
Mayor General: Military forces commander and strategic commander.
General de Division
General de Brigada
For the Navy, these are the ranks for officer:
Almirante en Jefe
Capitan de Navio
Capitan de Fragata
Capitan de Corbeta
Teniente de Navio
Teniente de Fragata
Professional Non Commissioned Officers
These are enlisted personnel, with a technical and professional degree, are usually assigned to technical positions inside the Armed Forces.
Army, National Guard, Air Force and Militia:
Maestro Tecnico Supervisor
Maestro Tecnico de Primera
Maestro Tecnico de Segunda
Maestro Tecnico de Tercera
Sargento Tecnico de Primera
Sargento Tecnico de Segunda
Sargento Tecnico de Tercera
Maestre de Primera
Maestre de Segunda
Maestre de Tercera
Sargento Mayor de Primera
Sargento Mayor de Segunda
Sargento Mayor de Tercera
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