Commander FAQs:


Q: Is a commander also used as a rank or title in other formal organisations?

A: Yes, and including several police forces.

Q: Is a commander also a generic term for an officer commanding any armed forces unit, for example "platoon commander", "brigade commander" and "squadron commander"?

A: Yes, In the police, terms such as "borough commander" and "incident commander" are used.

Q: Is a commander used as a rank?

A: Yes, and this is the equivalent of a lieutenant colonel in the army or a commander in the navy.

Q: Is a commander a rank used in navies but is very rarely used as a rank in armies?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a commander in charge of the response to an emergency?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a commander used in chivalric orders such as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta for a member senior to a knight?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a commander a gold oak leaf?

A: Yes, and the same insignia worn by a lieutenant commander in the Navy or a major in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps.

Q: Is a commander capitán de fragata?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a commander a naval rank in Scandinavia equivalent to the Anglo-American naval rank of captain?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a commander the literal translation of "comandante"?

A: Yes, and the Spanish equivalent of a Commonwealth major.

Q: Is a commander a chief officer rank in the two police forces responsible for law enforcement within London?

A: Yes, and the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police.

Q: Is a commander often used to denote an even higher rank?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a commander a rank in the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem?

A: Yes, and is denoted by the post-nominal letters CLJ.

Q: Is a commander the lowest grade of knighthood, but is above the grade of companion?

A: Yes, In the Royal Victorian Order and the Order of the British Empire, the grade of Commander is senior to the grade of Lieutenant or Officer respectively, but junior to that of Knight or Dame Commander.

Q: Was a commander used in the Imperial Japanese Navy?

A: Yes, and continues to be used in the modern Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Q: Is a commander "captain of the second rank"?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a commander the rank held by the two patrol division heads and other commanders fill various administrative roles?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a commander instated to officers in charge of a command or unit?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a commander above that of squadron leader and below that of group captain?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a commander also utilized by larger sheriff's departments in the United States?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a commander also used as a title in certain circumstances?

A: Yes, such as the commander of a squad of detectives, who would usually be of the rank of lieutenant.

Q: Is a commander immediately above "commander-captain"?

A: Yes, and which is equivalent to the Anglo-American naval rank of commander.

Q: Is a commander a rank used by the Victorian?

A: Yes, and Tasmanian, Western Australian, South Australian, and Australian Federal police forces.

Q: Is a commander typically a lieutenant or captain?

A: Yes, and a squadron commander is typically a major or lieutenant colonel, a group commander is typically a colonel, and a wing commander is typically a senior colonel or a brigadier general.

Q: Is a commander a rank equivalent to major?

A: Yes.