WEFOUNDThe Navy League, British Columbia Branch, (No. 56) Victoria, B. C: Authorized by Warrant of Incorporation, March 11th, 1901 (Classic Reprint)


Many journalists struggle to know their wing commander from their lieutenant commander, let alone where a US brigadier general comes in the pecking order.

Strictly speaking, when the three UK armed forces are talked about in the same breath they should be listed in order of the seniority of the service: Royal Navy , British Army , Royal Air Force .

Confusingly, the Royal Marines are part of the Royal Navy but use the rank structure of the British Army. To distinguish Royal Marines from their Army colleagues, their name should be followed by the words ‘Royal Marines’ or ‘RM’ - for example, ‘Lt Jack Smith Royal Marines’ or ‘Sgt Tom Brown RM’.

I should like to thank the anonymous reviewers whose very helpful and constructive criticism has improved and strengthened this article.

Many journalists struggle to know their wing commander from their lieutenant commander, let alone where a US brigadier general comes in the pecking order.

Strictly speaking, when the three UK armed forces are talked about in the same breath they should be listed in order of the seniority of the service: Royal Navy , British Army , Royal Air Force .

Confusingly, the Royal Marines are part of the Royal Navy but use the rank structure of the British Army. To distinguish Royal Marines from their Army colleagues, their name should be followed by the words ‘Royal Marines’ or ‘RM’ - for example, ‘Lt Jack Smith Royal Marines’ or ‘Sgt Tom Brown RM’.


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