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Lieutenant colonel (UK: /lɛfˈtɛnənt ˈkɜːrnəl/ lef-TEN-ənt KUR-nəl, US: /luːˈtɛn-/ loo-TEN-) is a rank of commissioned officers in the armies, most marine forces and some air forces of the world, above a major and below a colonel. Several police forces in the United States use the rank of lieutenant colonel. The rank of lieutenant colonel is often shortened to simply "colonel" in conversation and in unofficial correspondence. Sometimes, the term 'half-colonel' is used in casual conversation in the British Army. In the United States Air Force, the term 'light bird' or 'light bird colonel' (as opposed to a 'full bird colonel') is an acceptable casual reference to the rank but is never used directly towards the rank holder. A lieutenant colonel is typically in charge of a battalion or regiment in the army.
The following articles deal with the rank of lieutenant colonel:
- Lieutenant-colonel (Canada)
- Lieutenant colonel (Eastern Europe)
- Lieutenant colonel (Turkey)
- Lieutenant colonel (Sri Lanka)
- Lieutenant colonel (United Kingdom)
- Lieutenant colonel (United States)
Indian Army (Lieutenant Colonel)
Royal Netherlands Army
Pakistan Army (Lieutenant Colonel)
Belgian Air Force
Danish Air Force
Royal Netherlands Air Force
Norwegian Air Force
Philippine Air Force
- Comparative military ranks
- Canadian Forces ranks and insignia
- British Army officer rank insignia
- United States Army officer rank insignia
- ^ Bonn, Keith E. (2005). Army Officer's Guide (50th ed.). Mechanicsville, Pa.: Stackpole Books. p. 14.
- ^ "Officers' rank insignia". British Army. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008.