Generalmajor (Sweden)

Major General (MajGen) (Swedish: Generalmajor, Genmj) is a two-star commissioned officer rank in the Swedish Army, Swedish Air Force and Swedish Amphibious Corps. Major General ranks immediately above brigadier general and below a lieutenant general. The rank is equivalent to rear admiral in the Swedish Navy.

Major General
Generalmajor
Country Sweden
Service branchArmy
Air Force
Amphibious Corps (from 2000)
Coastal Artillery (until 2000)
AbbreviationGenmj (Swedish),[1] MajGen (English)[2]
RankTwo-star[a]
NATO rank codeOF-7
Non-NATO rankO-8
Next higher rankLieutenant General
Next lower rankBrigadier General (2000–)
Senior Colonel (1972–2000)
Colonel (–1972)
Equivalent ranksRear Admiral

HistoryEdit

Historically, the major general assumed approximately the same position as a Chief of General Staff did in the latter part of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. The major general was usually the commander of a brigade.[3]

The rank of major general was between the rank of colonel and lieutenant general until 1972 when the senior colonel rank was introduced. Thereafter, major general was between the senior colonel and the lieutenant general from 1972 to 2000 when the brigadier general rank was introduced. Since 2000, major general has been between brigadier general and lieutenant general.

Following a proposal from the Swedish Armed Forces, the Government of Sweden decides on employment as a general of any rank.[4]

In everyday speech, generals of all ranks are addressed as generals.[5][6]

Rank insigniaEdit

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Amphibious Corps and Coastal ArtilleryEdit

Air ForceEdit

ArmyEdit

HatsEdit

Personal flagsEdit

The command flag of a major general (and a rear admiral) is a double swallowtailed Swedish flag. In the first blue field 2 five-pointed white stars beside each other.[8]

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Major general was a one-star rank until 1972 and lieutenant general was the two-star rank in the Swedish Armed Forces rank structure.
  2. ^ This two-star flag was used for a vice admiral between 1905 and 1972.

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Försvarsmaktens föreskrifter om personaltjänst (FFS 2019:6)" (PDF) (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. 2019-12-02. p. 3. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Försvarsmaktens gemensamma identitet – direktiv för användandet av Försvarsmaktens namn, profil och bild" (PDF). 1.3 (in Swedish). Swedish Armed Forces. 2013-09-16. p. 66. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  3. ^ Westrin, Theodor, ed. (1908). Nordisk familjebok: konversationslexikon och realencyklopedi (in Swedish). 9 (New, rev. and rich ill. ed.). Stockholm: Nordisk familjeboks förl. p. 902. SELIBR 8072220.
  4. ^ "Förordning om ändring i förordningen (2000:555) med instruktion för Försvarsmakten" (PDF) (in Swedish). Swedish Code of Statutes. 20 June 2005. p. 2. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  5. ^ Etikett och god ton: Praktisk handbok i sättet att uppföra sig. 1 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Åhlén & Åkerlund. 1932. p. 128. SELIBR 1353820.
  6. ^ Handbok: parad 6: traditionsvård : H PARAD 6 2016 (PDF) (in Swedish). Stockholm: Försvarsmakten. 2017. p. 31. SELIBR 22459606.
  7. ^ Reglemente: uniformsbestämmelser 2015 : Unibest FM 2015 (PDF) (in Swedish). Stockholm: Försvarsmakten. 2015. p. 343. SELIBR 19513428.
  8. ^ Braunstein 2004, p. 111
  9. ^ Handbok: parad 4: marinen : R PARAD 4 2017 (PDF) (in Swedish). Stockholm: Försvarsmakten. 2017. p. 14. SELIBR 21485968.

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