The Verkhovna Rada adopted the draft law on the introduction of new military ranks of sergeants and petty officers of the Armed forces of Ukraine. Now the army will not warrant officers, but will have the rank of master Sergeant and master Sergeant. It is noted that the new law will create a new motivation for passing the citizens of Ukraine military service under the contract and will expand opportunities for career development. But about all under the order.
“This bill introduces a NATO ranks for non-commissioned officers, petty officers, soldiers and also regulate their development in accordance with NATO standards and the challenges that now face our state,” – said the MP from the “Servants of the people”, Deputy head of the Committee on national security Mariana Bezugly.
Now there are army ranks, NCOs and petty officers: soldier, senior soldier; Sergeant; Sergeant; senior Sergeant; Sergeant; warrant officer; senior warrant officer. Bill, this number changed to this: recruit, soldier, senior soldier; Sergeant; Sergeant; senior Sergeant; first Sergeant; staff Sergeant; master Sergeant; senior master Sgt; chief master Sergeant.
It is proposed to amend and naval ranks: warrant officers will be no more, but there will be a staff-Sergeant, master Sergeant, senior master Sergeant and chief master Sergeant.
Installs that on their military ranks, captains are:
soldiers sergeants and sergeants – for military enlisted personnel from their military unit;servicemen of the Junior officers for the army Junior non-commissioned officers and petty officers from their military units and military ranks;majors, captains 3rd rank, Lieutenant colonels, captains 2nd rank — for privates, Junior and senior sergeants and sergeants;colonels, captains 1st rank, major General, rear Admiral, Lieutenant General, Vice-admirals, for privates, sergeants and sergeants and Junior officers;the General-colonels, admirals, for privates, sergeants and sergeants, Junior and senior officers;the generals of the army of Ukraine – for privates, sergeants and sergeants, Junior and senior officers, major-generals, rear admirals, Lieutenant-generals, Vice-admirals, Lieutenant-colonels, admirals.
What will change
The new law increases the role of sergeants and petty officers of the training and education of subordinate personnel and the performance of their assigned tasks. In addition, the law envisages to change the name of “regiment” to “brigade,” and accordingly the commander of a regiment is the brigade commander. Sergeant major of the brigade in peace and war is responsible for providing the brigade commander with information and proposals on issues of military service.
According to the law, when referring to the Minister of defence of Ukraine and his deputies, who are civilians, a soldier calls them position, before adding a job title, the word “pan (Pani)”.
It was reported that the new law created additional motivational factors for passing by citizens of Ukraine military service under the contract. The thing is that previously the role of a Sergeant in the military ranks came to an end at the older ensign. And with the adoption of the new law, the military will have more opportunities for career development.
“From the level of battalion we have all the senior warrant officers: master-at-arms regiment, brigade, and air operational command of the armed forces, Armed Forces, etc – the senior warrant officers – explained in 2018, the then chief of the armed forces of Ukraine Alexander Kosinski. – This is not the approach adopted in Alliance (NATO) and the current structure of the professional NCO corps of the armed forces of Ukraine”.
It was noted that the title “master Sergeant” will replace the title of “Lieutenant”, it will get those who are chief petty officers of military units in a separate battalion, regiment and brigade. Senior master sergeants will be in the operational commands, air commands, the command of the marine corps, other military authorities. That is a rank higher than brigade level, that was the motivation to go to higher position. Above them is the command types, it will already be chief master sergeants.
the press service of the defense Ministry of Ukraine
In addition, under current law, each rank for non-commissioned officers-petty officers you can get in a year.
“NATO countries have clearly defined time-frame between military ranks, minimum and maximum stay in rank. For example, in the military as a “soldier” a soldier must be at least 3 years, before he can become a senior soldier. Also there is maximum time – no more than 10 years. In 10 years if the soldier became a senior soldier, he is considered hopeless, not moving service, gets a warning and if nothing changes, then a year later it fired. One of the advantages if we start to introduce military ranks, I see the establishment of such concepts as minimum and maximum periods of tenure, with an appropriate military rank. It’s important to start the mechanism of personnel management,” said Kosinski.
Instead of a total
The new law will improve the procedure of performance of military duty by citizens of Ukraine, to implement the introduction of new military ranks of sergeants and petty officers of the APU, ensuring their compliance with the NATO standards, to increase the role of sergeants and petty officers of the APU in the training and education of subordinate personnel in the preparation and implementation of their assigned tasks, will create an additional motivational factors for passing by citizens of Ukraine military service under the contract and will facilitate the transition towards the professional army on the model of the army of the Western European sample.