Saturday, April 18, 2009

Subedar Major

Subedar Major: During the time of the British rule in Pakistan and India, the subedar rank (positioned above enlisted soldiers and below officers) was the highest rank available to native soldiers and their command was restricted to other native soldiers. They could not command British elnisted soldiers.

Today, in India and Pakistan, the subedar major is the highest rank for a non-commissioned officer (NCO). As with the original (racially-determined) rank, they are above the enlisted soldiers and below the commissioned officers.
I called my subedar major and told him we would stop the train for the night prayers.

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