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Use of the Brevet rank


Tom Morgan

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I'd be really grateful if anyone could explain the use of the word Brevet when applied to soldier's ranks, as in "Brevet Lieut. Colonel".

Tom

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Tom

It was used as a reward for an officer's exceptional service. You will be aware that there was an official establishment for particular ranks within a regiment for instance, so it would not be possible for an officer to be promoted whilst that establishment was at full strength. However, a man worthy of promotion through exceptional work, could be given brevet rank, that is the badge of one rank higher than his established rank. He would not however be entitled to any seniority in that brevet rank, nor any extra pay.

TR

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Thanks for such a clear explanation, Terry. It clarifies a couple of rather rambling explanations I read on the web, and explains the subject much better!

Tom

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