Risaldar


Risaldar

Risaldar (often called Ressaidar in the British Indian Army), meaning in Persian the commander of a "risala" (mounted troop), is a mid-level rank in cavalry and armoured units of the Indian Army.

The Indian Army has a unique set of ranks, which stand between a non-commissioned officers and commissioned officers. During the British Raj, they were known as Viceroy's Commissioned Officers (VCOs), but since independence they have been called Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs).

A Risaldar ranks above a Naib Risaldar (called a Jemadar in the British Indian Army) and below a Risaldar Major. Risaldars generally command squadrons.

In other arms (such as infantry) the equivalent is a Subedar.


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