Tanzania Military Ranks With Images (JWTZ New Ranks) 2021

Tanzania’s military is a renowned institution that defends Tanzanians. Becoming a member of the military services is a worthy ambition for everyone who want to serve their nation.

Continue reading this page on Tanzanian Army ranks and emblems if you want to learn more about the Tanzanian military, notably the Tanzanian Army. That way, you’ll know what you’re aiming for!

200px Tanzania People%E2%80%99s Defence Force.svg

Tanzania’s military forces are known as the Tanzania People’s Defence Force (Kiswahili: Jeshi la Wananchi wa Tanzania (JWTZ)). They were established in September 1964, after a rebellion by the Tanganyika Rifles, a former colonial military organization.

The new TPDF’s soldiers were taught from the start that they were a people’s army under civilian authority.

Tanzania, unlike several of its neighbors, has never had a coup or civil war.

The TPDF was tasked with defending Tanzania and everything Tanzanian, particularly the people and their political beliefs.

Whether you want to join the Tanzanian Army or not, it’s necessary to understand the different levels in the Tanzanian Army. If that’s your objective, you’ve come to the correct place.

The lists below illustrate how the Tanzanian Army ranks its officers, both commissioned and non-commissioned.

A. Tanzania Army ranks and symbols

1. General/Jenerali

320px 17 Tanzania Army GEN.svg

Addressed as general. The senior level of commissioned officer typically has more than 30 years of experience and service.

Commands all operations that fall within Tanzania Army. Usually in Tanzania General of the Army is a four-star, has a Coat of arms of Tanzania and a Sword scissors.

2. Lieutenant General/Luteni jenerali

320px 16 Tanzania Army LG.svg

Lieutenant general or lieutenant-general (Lt Gen, LTG and similar) of Tanzania is a three-star military, a Coat of arms of Tanzania and a Sword scissors.

The rank traces its origins to the Middle Ages, where the title of lieutenant general was held by the second in command on the battlefield, who was normally subordinate to a captain general.

In Tanzania military army, lieutenant general normally ranks immediately below general and above major general; it is equivalent to the navy rank of vice admiral, and in air forces with a separate rank structure, it is equivalent to air marshal.

A lieutenant general commands an army corps, made up of typically three army divisions, and consisting of around 60,000–70,000 soldiers (Tanzania Probably).

3. Major General/Meja jenerali

320px 15 Tanzania Army MG.svg

In Tanzania a major general is a two stars, coat of arms of Tanzania and a sword scissors military officer. When appointed to a field command, a major general is typically in command of a division consisting of around 6,000 to 25,000 troops (several regiments or brigades).

There, it is a two-star rank that is subordinate to the rank of lieutenant general and senior to the rank of brigadier or brigadier general.

In Tanzania, major general is equivalent to the navy rank of rear admiral, and in air forces, with a separate rank structure, it is equivalent to air vice-marshal.

4. Brigadier General/Brigedia jenerali

320px 14 Tanzania Army BG.svg

In Tanzania a Brigadier General is a one stars, coat of arms of Tanzania and a sword scissors military officer. It is the lowest ranking general officer in some Tanzania, usually sitting between the ranks of colonel and major general.

In Tanzania 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

5. Colonel/Kanali

320px 13 Tanzania Army COL.svg

In Tanzania a Colonel is a two stars and coat of arms of Tanzania field officer. In the Tanzania Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Space Force, colonel is the most senior field-grade military officer rank

Immediately above the rank of lieutenant colonel and just below the rank of brigadier general.

It is equivalent to the naval rank of captain in the other uniformed services

6. Lieutenant Colonel/Luteni kanali

320px 12 Tanzania Army LTC.svg

In Tanzania a Lieutenant Colonel is a one stars and coat of arms of Tanzania field officer. A Lieutenant Colonel is the second field officer grade commissioned officer rank.

A Lieutenant Colonel generally serves as a Battalion Commander of a battalion consisting of 300 to 1,000 soldiers. As a Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonels are assisted by one or more Majors, many junior non-commissioned officers, and a Command Sergeant Major as principal enlisted advisor.

Lieutenant Colonel may also serve as an Executive Officer or Staff Officer in a variety of high-level units or command posts.

7. Major/Meja

320px 11 Tanzania Army MAJ.svg

In Tanzania major is recognized by a rank of coat of arms of Tanzania, a field officer whose rank standing above captain and below Lieutenant Colonel. It is equivalent to the naval rank of lieutenant commander in the other uniformed services.

Although lieutenant commanders are considered junior officers by their respective services (Navy), the rank of major is that of a senior officer in the Tanzania Army.

8. Captain/Kapteni

320px 10 Tanzania Army CPT.svg

In Tanzania Captain hold three stars in the shoulders and the highest junior officer and stands above lieutenant and below a major. The army rank of captain (from the French capitaine) is a commissioned officer rank historically corresponding to the command of a company of soldiers.

The rank is also used by some air forces and marine forces of Tanzania. Today, a captain is typically either the commander or second-in-command of a company or artillery battery.

In the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, a captain may also command a company, or be the second-in-command of a battalion.

9. Lieutenant/Luteni

320px 09 Tanzania Army 1LT.svg

In Tanzania lieutenant hold two stars in the shoulders and the second highest junior officer and stands above second lieutenant and below a captain.

Lieutenant, company grade officer, the middle rank of commissioned officer in most armies of the Tanzania. The lieutenant normally commands a small tactical unit such as a platoon.

10. Second Lieutenant — lowest rank/Luteni usu

320px 08 Tanzania Army 2LT.svg

In Tanzania second lieutenant hold one star in the shoulders and the most junior officer and stands above cadet and below a lieutenant.

Second lieutenant is a junior commissioned officer military rank in many armed forces, after training is complete, they are responsible for leading up to 30 soldiers in a platoon or troop, both in training and on operations.

11. Cadet/Afisa Mteule

320px 07 Tanzania Army OC.svg

This is the rank held during initial officer training in the army of Tanzania. Officer candidate or officer aspirant (OA) is a rank in Tanzania military that is an appointed position while a person is in training to become an officer.

More often than not, an officer candidate was a civilian who applied to join the military directly as an officer. Officer candidates are, therefore, not considered of the same status as enlisted personnel.

B. Tanzania Air Forces ranks and symbols

1. General/Jenerali

320px 17 Tanzania Air Force GEN.svg

Addressed as general. The senior level of commissioned officer typically has more than 30 years of experience and service. Commands all operations that fall within Tanzania Army. Usually in Tanzania General of the Army is a four-star, has a Coat of arms of Tanzania and a Sword scissors.

2. Lieutenant General/Luteni jenerali

320px 16 Tanzania Air Force LG.svg

Lieutenant general or lieutenant-general (Lt Gen, LTG and similar) of Tanzania is a three-star military, a Coat of arms of Tanzania and a Sword scissors.

The rank traces its origins to the Middle Ages, where the title of lieutenant general was held by the second in command on the battlefield, who was normally subordinate to a captain general.

In Tanzania military army, lieutenant general normally ranks immediately below general and above major general; it is equivalent to the navy rank of vice admiral, and in air forces with a separate rank structure, it is equivalent to air marshal.

A lieutenant general commands an army corps, made up of typically three army divisions, and consisting of around 60,000–70,000 soldiers (Tanzania Probably).

3. Major General/Meja jenerali

320px 15 Tanzania Air Force MG.svg

In Tanzania a major general is a two stars, coat of arms of Tanzania and a sword scissors military officer. When appointed to a field command, a major general is typically in command of a division consisting of around 6,000 to 25,000 troops (several regiments or brigades).

There, it is a two-star rank that is subordinate to the rank of lieutenant general and senior to the rank of brigadier or brigadier general. In Tanzania, major general is equivalent to the navy rank of rear admiral, and in air forces, with a separate rank structure, it is equivalent to air vice-marshal.

4. Brigadier General/Brigedia jenerali

320px 14 Tanzania Air Force BG.svg

In Tanzania a Brigadier General is a one stars, coat of arms of Tanzania and a sword scissors military officer. It is the lowest ranking general officer in some Tanzania, usually sitting between the ranks of colonel and major general.

In Tanzania 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

5. Colonel/Kanali

320px 13 Tanzania Air Force COL.svg

In Tanzania a Colonel is a two stars and coat of arms of Tanzania field officer. In the Tanzania Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Space Force, colonel is the most senior field-grade military officer rank, immediately above the rank of lieutenant colonel and just below the rank of brigadier general. It is equivalent to the naval rank of captain in the other uniformed services

6. Lieutenant Colonel/Luteni kanali

320px 12 Tanzania Air Force LTC.svg

In Tanzania a Lieutenant Colonel is a one stars and coat of arms of Tanzania field officer. A Lieutenant Colonel is the second field officer grade commissioned officer rank.

Lieutenant Colonel generally serves as a Battalion Commander of a battalion consisting of 300 to 1,000 soldiers. As a Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonels are assisted by one or more Majors, many junior non-commissioned officers, and a Command Sergeant Major as principal enlisted advisor.

Lieutenant Colonel may also serve as an Executive Officer or Staff Officer in a variety of high-level units or command posts.

7. Major/Meja

320px 11 Tanzania Air Force MAJ.svg

In Tanzania major is recognized by a rank of coat of arms of Tanzania, a field officer whose rank standing above captain and below Lieutenant Colonel.

It is equivalent to the naval rank of lieutenant commander in the other uniformed services. Although lieutenant commanders are considered junior officers by their respective services (Navy), the rank of major is that of a senior officer in the Tanzania Army.

8. Captain/Kapteni

320px 10 Tanzania Air Force CPT.svg

In Tanzania Captain hold three stars in the shoulders and the highest junior officer and stands above lieutenant and below a major. The army rank of captain (from the French capitaine) is a commissioned officer rank historically corresponding to the command of a company of soldiers.

The rank is also used by some air forces and marine forces of Tanzania. Today, a captain is typically either the commander or second-in-command of a company or artillery battery. In the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, a captain may also command a company, or be the second-in-command of a battalion.

9. Lieutenant/Luteni

320px 09 Tanzania Air Force 1LT.svg

In Tanzania lieutenant hold two stars in the shoulders and the second highest junior officer and stands above second lieutenant and below a captain. Lieutenant, company grade officer, the middle rank of commissioned officer in most armies of the Tanzania. The lieutenant normally commands a small tactical unit such as a platoon.

10. Second Lieutenant — lowest rank/Luteni usu

320px 08 Tanzania Air Force 2LT.svg

In Tanzania second lieutenant hold one star in the shoulders and the most junior officer and stands above cadet and below a lieutenant.

Second lieutenant is a junior commissioned officer military rank in many armed forces, after training is complete, they are responsible for leading up to 30 soldiers in a platoon or troop, both in training and on operations.

11. Cadet/Afisa Mteule

320px 07 Tanzania Air Force OC.svg

This is the rank held during initial officer training in the army of Tanzania. Officer candidate or officer aspirant (OA) is a rank in Tanzania military that is an appointed position while a person is in training to become an officer.

More often than not, an officer candidate was a civilian who applied to join the military directly as an officer. Officer candidates are, therefore, not considered of the same status as enlisted personnel.

C. Tanzania Navy ranks and symbols

Rank Name Rank Symbols
Vice admiral 800px Generic Navy O10.svg
Rear Admiral 800px Generic Navy O9.svg
Commodore 800px Generic Navy O8.svg
Captain 800px Generic Navy O7.svg
Commander 800px Generic Navy O5.svg
Lieutenant Commander 800px Generic Navy O4.svg
Lieutenant 800px Generic Navy O3.svg
Sub Lieutenant 800px Generic Navy O2.svg
Ensign 800px Generic Navy O1.svg

D. Tanzania Non Officer ranks and symbols

Rank Name Rank Symbols
Warrant Officer Class I 800px 06 Tanzania Army WO1.svg
Warrant Officer Class II 800px 05 Tanzania Army WO2.svg
Staff Sergeant 800px 04 Tanzania Army SSG.svg
Sergeant 800px 03 Tanzania Army SGT.svg
Corporal 800px 02 Tanzania Army CPL.svg
Lance-corporal 800px 01 Tanzania Army LCPL.svg
Private Lower Rank
Recruit Undergoing Military Training
Mzalendo In Preliminary Military Training and Registration Processes

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