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IRGC Rank Insignia Guide

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Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has become a dominant force in Iranian military, political, economic and foreign affairs, and its senior commanders often speak publicly on critical ...

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has become a dominant force in Iranian military, political, economic and foreign affairs, and its senior commanders often speak publicly on critical policy issues. It is difficult to gauge the significance of a commander's remarks, however, without a firm understanding of that individual's relative power within the Islamic Republic. Although military rank is only one of many determinants of power in Iran, it is nonetheless a reliable indicator of authority for military officials. Understanding the IRGC's formal rank system is, therefore, an important component of understanding the Iranian regime's power structure and its key players. This slide deck explains the rank structure of the IRGC and the relative degree of formal military authority granted to guardsmen at each rank.

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    • Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC)Rank Insignia Guide Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei addresses IRGC Commanders July 2010, Tehran (L to R) Basij Deputy Commander BG Ali Fazli, Seyyed al-Shohada Base Commander BG Javad Estaki, Defense Minister BG Ahmad Vahidi, IRGC Commander MG Mohammad Ali Jafari, Greater Tehran IRGC Commander BG Mohsen Kazemeini 1 Will Fulton, Iran Analyst and IRGC Project Lead, AEI Critical Threats Project
    • General(Arteshbod / ‫)ﺍﺭﺗﺸﺒﺪ‬Insignia: Four eight-sided stars below crossedswords, a wreath, and the word “Allah” written inthe shape of a tulip (“Allah” in this format is thestandard stylization for Iran and appears on its flag)This rank is currently inactive Image from uniforminsignia.org 2
    • Lieutenant General(Sepahbod / ‫)ﺳﭙﻬﺒﺪ‬Insignia: Three eight-sided stars below crossedswords, a wreath, and the word “Allah” written inthe shape of a tulipThis rank is currently inactive Image from uniforminsignia.org 3
    • Major General(Sarlashkar / ‫)ﺳﺮﻟﺸﮑﺮ‬Sarlashkar literal translation: “Head of Division”U.S. equivalent: Lieutenant General (3-star)Insignia: Two eight-sided stars below crossedswords, a wreath, and the word “Allah” writtenin the shape of a tulipExamples of commanders at this rank:  Deputy Chief of the Armed Forces General Staff Gholam Ali Rashid  Armed Forces General Staff Intelligence and IRGC Commander Operations Deputy Mohammad Bagheri Mohammad Ali Jafari  IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Suleimani 4
    • Major General(Sarlashkar / ‫ )ﺳﺮﻟﺸﮑﺮ‬Continued Deputy Chief of the Armed Forces IRGC Quds Force Commander General Staff Gholam Ali Rashid Qassem Suleimani 5
    • Brigadier General First Class(Sartip-e Yekom / ‫)ﺳﺮﺗﻴﭗ ﻳﮑﻢ‬Sartip literal translation: “Head of Brigade”Often referred to as “Brigadier General”without class distinctionU.S. equivalent: Major General (2-star)Insignia: One eight-sided star below crossedswords, a wreath, and the word “Allah”written in the shape of a tulipExamples of commanders at this rank: IRGC Operations Deputy  IRGC Deputy Commander Hossein Salami Mehdi Rabbani  IRGC Ground Forces Commander Mohammad Pakpour  IRGC Mohammad Rasoul-Allah Unit (Greater Tehran) Commander Mohsen Kazemini 6
    • Brigadier General First Class(Sartip-e Yekom / ‫ )ﺳﺮﺗﻴﭗ ﻳﮑﻢ‬ContinuedIRGC Deputy Commander IRGC Ground Forces Defense Minister Hossein Salami Commander Ahmad Vahidi Mohammad Pakpour 7
    • Brigadier General Second Class(Sartip-e Dovom / ‫)ﺳﺮﺗﻴﭗ ﺩﻭﻡ‬Sartip literal translation: “Head of Brigade”Often referred to as “Brigadier General”without class distinctionU.S. equivalent: Brigadier General (1-star)Insignia: One eight-sided star below crossed swords,a wreath, and the word “Allah” written in the shapeof a tulipExamples of commanders at this rank:  IRGC Ground Forces Operations Directorate Deputy Morteza Mirian IRGC Shohada Unit (West Azerbaijan) Commander  IRGC Najaf-e Ashraf Operational Base Mohammad Yousef Shakeri Commander Ali Akbar Nouri  IRGC Imam Hassan Mojtaba Unit (Alborz) 8 Deputy Commander Hamzeh Mir-Taghi
    • Brigadier General Second Class(Sartip-e Dovom / ‫ )ﺳﺮﺗﻴﭗ ﺩﻭﻡ‬Continued Political Advisor to the IRGC Hamzeh Seyyed al IRGC Ground Forces Supreme Leader’s Shohada Base Commander Coordination DeputyRepresentative to the IRGC Mohammad Taghi Osanlou Abdolqassem Foroutan Yadollah Javani 9
    • Colonel(Sarhang-e Yekom / ‫)ﺳﺮﻫﻨﮓ ﻳﮑﻢ‬Sarhang literal translation: “Head of Regiment”Insignia: Three ten-sided stars arranged in a lineU.S. equivalent: ColonelExamples of commanders at this rank:  IRGC Seyyed al-Shohada Unit (Tehran province) Deputy Commander Gholam Reza Burbur Sani IRGC 44th Ghamar Bani Hashem  IRGC 12th Ghaem Independent Brigade (West Azerbaijan) Commander Brigade Commander Esmail Ghasempour Ali Mohammad Akbari  IRGC Mohammad Rasoul-Allah Unit (Greater Tehran) Operations Deputy Reza Farzaneh 10
    • Lieutenant Colonel(Sarhang-e Dovom / ‫)ﺳﺮﻫﻨﮓ ﺩﻭﻡ‬Sarhang literal translation: “Head of Regiment”Insignia: Two ten-sided stars set side-by-sideU.S. equivalent: Lieutenant ColonelExamples of commanders at this rank:  IRGC Salman Unit (Sistan and Baluchistan) Coordination Deputy Avaz Ali Fagheri  IRGC Shirvan District Unit (North Khorasan) Commander Ali Mohammad Mohammadi  IRGC Nain District Unit (Esfehan) Commander IRGC Kish Unit Commander Bagher Farhang Hedayat Elah Amiri 11
    • Major(Sargord / ‫)ﺳﺮﮔﺮﺩ‬Insignia: One ten-sided starExamples of commanders at this rank:  IRGC Malek Ashtar Resistance Zone (Ilam) Commander Rashid Mamneh IRGC 110th Salman Farsi Independent Brigade Public Relations Deputy Qassem Hassan-Zadah  IRGC Ghamar Bani-Hashem Unit Inspection and Intelligence Deputy Reza Bagheri IRGC Semirom Unit Imam Hossein Battalion Commander Mohammad Hassan Saberi 12
    • Captain(Sarvan / ‫)ﺳﺮﻭﺍﻥ‬Insignia: Four eight-sided stars arranged in a lineExamples of commanders at this rank:  IRGC Firouz Kouh Resistance Zone (Tehran province) Commander Hadi Ilka’ IRGC Jaharom District Unit (Fars) Socio-Cultural Deputy Mohsen Javangir  IRGC Mohammad Rasoul-Allah Unit (Guyam District, Shiraz) Commander Hossein Zaraei Fars Province Student Basij Organization Supervisor Mohammad Jafar Doustdar 13
    • First Lieutenant(Sotvan-e Yekom / ‫)ﺳﺘﻮﺍﻥ ﻳﮑﻢ‬Insignia: Three eight-sided stars arranged in a lineExamples of commanders at this rank:  IRGC Saberin Special Operations Unit Commando Moslem Ahmadi Panah (KIA 3 SEP 2012)  IRGC Abouzar Shabankareh Area Commander Khalil Sabouri IRGC Shohada Resistance Zone (Bastak) Commander Mahmoud Sohrabi 14
    • Second Lieutenant(Sotvan-e Dovom / ‫)ﺳﺘﻮﺍﻥ ﺩﻭﻡ‬Insignia: Two eight-sided stars set side-by-sideExamples of commanders at this rank:  IRGC Khash Unit Physical Training Deputy Ahmad Behdari  IRGC Sabzevar Unit Public Relations Deputy Mohammad Ali Yavari Dezful Student Basij Commander Ali Reza Khormand 15
    • Third Lieutenant(Sotvan-e Sevom / ‫)ﺳﺘﻮﺍﻥ ﺳﻮﻡ‬Insignia: One eight-sided starExamples of commanders at this rank:  IRGC Saberin Special Operations Unit Commando Mojtaba Babaei Zadeh (KIA 3 SEP 2012)  IRGC Imam Hossein Resistance Zone (Goharan) Commander Mojtaba Habashi Image from uniforminsignia.org 16
    • Chief Warrant Officer(Ostovar-e Yekom / ‫)ﺍﺳﺘﻮﺍﺭ ﻳﮑﻢ‬Insignia: Three arches over two horizontal bars Image from uniforminsignia.org 17
    • Warrant Officer Junior Grade(Ostovar-e Dovom / ‫)ﺍﺳﺘﻮﺍﺭ ﺩﻭﻡ‬Insignia: Three arches over one horizontal bar Image from uniforminsignia.org 18
    • Sergeant First Class(Gorouhban-e Yekom / ‫)ﮔﺮﻭﻫﺒﺎﻥ ﻳﮑﻢ‬Insignia: Three arches Image from uniforminsignia.org 19
    • Sergeant Second Class(Gorouhban-e Dovom / ‫)ﮔﺮﻭﻫﺒﺎﻥ ﺩﻭﻡ‬Insignia: Two arches Image from uniforminsignia.org 20
    • Sergeant Third Class(Gorouhban-e Sevom / ‫)ﮔﺮﻭﻫﺒﺎﻥ ﺳﻮﻡ‬Insignia: One arch Image from uniforminsignia.org 21
    • Corporal(Sarjoukheh / ‫)ﺳﺮﺟﻮﺧﻪ‬Insignia: Three horizontal bars above X over V Image from uniforminsignia.org 22
    • Private First Class(Sarbaz-e Yekom / ‫)ﺳﺮﺑﺎﺯ ﻳﮑﻢ‬Insignia: Two horizontal bars above X over V Image from uniforminsignia.org 23
    • Private Second Class(Sarbaz-e Dovom / ‫)ﺳﺮﺑﺎﺯ ﺩﻭﻡ‬Insignia: One horizontal bar above X over V Image from uniforminsignia.org 24
    • Private(Sarbaz-e Sevom / ‫)ﺳﺮﺑﺎﺯ ﺳﻮﻡ‬Insignia: X over V Image from uniforminsignia.org 25