This page is about the ranking structure of Pakistan army. To view the appointments go to appointment in Pakistan Army page.
Classically, the ranks were worn on the shoulders only by officers and jcos and on arms by NCOs, speically in the khaki uniform. In fact during the early years of camouflage uniform for both SSG and regular Pakistan army, the ranks were worn on the shoulders. However this trend changed during the era of General Kiyani when the ranks were removed from shoulders to the chest in CCD (camouflage dress for combat and ops area). The khaki still has the same pattern for wearing ranks, i.e. Officers and JCO’s on shoulders while NCO’s on arm.
Why were they moved from shoulders to chest? Well there were many technical details to it. The ranks for soldiers and NCO’s were also moved to the chest from their arms.
Pak Army Ranks
The lowest rank in Pakistan Army is Sepoy and the highest Army rank is Field Marshal.
The pay is variable, based on Pakistan Army ranks BPS scale. The pays listed per rank are average pay of that rank in Pakistani Rupees, in peace time and at a peace station and are just meant to give an idea. The pays vary considerably in hard area and operational are / war zone.
The perks listed per rank are just to give an idea and may vary depending upon station, situation, service, appointment, availability, etc.
BPS = Basic Pay Scale in Pakistan government institutes.
Pakistan Army ranks are as follow:
Insignia: none (having no insignia means the soldier is a sepoy)
NCO (non commissioned officer)
LANCE NAIK (Lance Corporal)
Insignia: single stripe chevron
BPS: 6 or 7
Insignia: double stripe chevron
BPS: 7 or 8
Insignia: tripple stripe chevron
JCO (junior commissioned officer)
NAIB SUBEDAR (Assistant warrant officer)
BPS: 13 or 14
Insignia: one pip with a stripe
SUBEDAR (Warrant officer)
Insignia: two pips with a stripe
SUBEDAR MAJOR (Chief warrant officer)
Insignia: one crescent & star with stripe
Subedar Major is the Highest Army rank a sepoy can achieve in Pak Army (provided that he don’t give test for comission during service or if he doesn’t get promoted to honorary lieutenant or captain).
Officer (commissioned officer)
Perks (collective perks for all officers ranks):
NCB (non-combatant bearer) (not non-commissioned batman, as some believe)
BOQ (bachelor officer quarter)
MOQ (married officer quarter)
Medical (self, wife, children and parents)
Insignia: one pip
Insignia: three pips
Insignia: one crescent & star
Insignia: one pip and one crescent & star
Insignia: two pips and one crescent & star
General Officers (Star officers)
Insignia: one crossed baton & sabre and one pip
Insignia: one crossed baton & sabre and one crescent & star
BPS: Apex Scale
Insignia: one crossed baton & sabre, one pip and one crescent & star
BPS: Apex Scale
Insignia: two crossed batons with a star above both in a wreath of oak leaves separately.
Field Marshal is the highest Army rank.