Starshy praporshchik

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Starshy praporshchik
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Rank insignia for the Army
Country Soviet Union (1981-1991)
 Russia
Service branch Russian Ground Forces
 Russian Air Force
NATO rankOR-9
Non-NATO rankE-9
FormationJanuary 12, 1981
Next higher rankMladshy leytenant
Next lower rankPraporshchik
Equivalent ranksStarshy michman (Navy)

Starshy praporshchik (Russian: старший прапорщик; en: senior – or chief praporshchik is the highest rank of the praporshchik career group in modern days Russian Federations’ armed forces. It may still be used in other uniformed services of the Russian government such as the Police. It was introduced to the Soviet Army, January 12, 1981, parallel to Starshy michman of the Soviet Navy.

Praporshchik ranks of the Russian armed forces from 1994[edit]

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Soviet Army and Militia[edit]

In the Soviet Army, the reintroduction of the praporshchik rank in 1972, and starshy praporshchik in 1981, along with the michman and styarshiz michmanranks in the Soviet Navy, marked the attempt to recreate a corps of contract non-commissioned officers similar to master sergeants and chief petty officers, the role that was previously reserved for senior drafted personnel. Contrary to Western practice of assigning the senior sergeant ranks to veteran soldiers, the Soviet ranks of starshina and sergeant were routinely assigned to 20-year-old soldiers at the end of their 2-year draft. The praporshchiks were aged volunteers and were expected to have more authority over draftsmen than similarly aged sergeants; they are placed in a separate category of "master non-commissioned officers" (praporshchik and michman).

Shoulder boards USSR and Russian Federation (1971 − 1994):
Mechanized infantry,
shoulder board army (general)
land forces (general)
Technical troops, engineers,
armour, artillery,
missile troops (including: MT grund forces
SMT, Air defence MT)
,
Vehicle transport troops, construction troops
Air Force
Naval aviation
Airborne forces
FSIN
MES Russia
Militia (until 2011)
Police (from 2011)
Everyday uniform Everyday uniform
from 1971
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from 1991
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Praporshchik
(1971-1994)
Starshy praporshchik
(1981-1994)
Praporshchik
(1971-1994)
Starshy praporshchik
(1981-1994)
Praporshchik
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Starshy praporshchik
(1981-1994)
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See also[edit]

In other countries[edit]

The starshina as an enlisted rank is still used in the military ranks of the Russian Federation, Bulgaria and Ukraine.

  • AzerbaijanAzerbaijani: Baş Gizir
  • BelarusBelarusian: Старшы прапаршчык; starshy praporshchyk
  • LithuaniaLithuanian: Vyresnysis praporščikas
  • PolandPolish: Starszy chorąży
  • SlovakiaSlovak: Nadpráporčík
  • SloveniaSlovene: Višji praporščak
  • UkraineUkrainian: Старший прапорщик; starshy praporshchik

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