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The term used to refer to all ranks below officers is “other ranks” (abbreviated “ORs”). It includes warrant officers, non-commissioned officers (“NCOs”) and ordinary soldiers with the rank of private or regimental equivalent. Officers may, in speaking, distinguish themselves from those “in the ranks”.

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1 Variants

1.1 Royal Artillery
1.2 Foot Guards and Honourable Artillery Company
1.3 Household Cavalry
1.4 Cavalry regiments

2 Origins and history
3 Spelling
4 Ranks
5 Historical ranks
6 See also
7 References
8 External links

Royal Artillery[edit]
Royal Artillery other ranks include Gunner instead of Private, and Lance Bombardier and Bombardier instead of Lance Corporal and Corporal.
Foot Guards and Honourable Artillery Company[edit]
In the Foot Guards and Honourable Artillery Company:

Lance corporals wear two chevrons rather than one (allegedly because Queen Victoria did not like the look of only one chevron, and thus decreed that none of her guardsmen would wear only one chevron);
Corporals are automatically appointed lance sergeant, wearing three chevrons; in full dress, a lance sergeant’s chevrons are white, whereas a full sergeant’s are gold. They are allowed privileges norm