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Junior Commissioned Officer: Honorary Commissions


Honorary Commissions

There is also a custom of giving honorary commissions to deserving junior commissioned officers. Every year a list of eligible JCOs is drawn up based on meritorious service and honorary commissions are awarded on 26 January India, 23 March Pakistan and 14 or 15 August in Pakistan and India respectively. This could be within the last year of service or post retirement.

Honorary commissioned officers wear the appropriate rank insignia, but they do not become members of the officers' mess. They do, however, receive the pay and pension of their honorary rank. The honorary ranks in the various forces are:




Generally, in official documents the junior commissioned officer rank held by the officer is also added before the honorary commission rank. For example, "subedar & honorary lieutenant" or "subedar major & honorary captain".

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  • Manual of Naval Law page 181
  • Pakistan Navy Rule part 1 page IV

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