Colonel /ˈkɜrnəl/, abbreviated Col, is a military rank of a senior commissioned officer. It or a corresponding rank exists in most armies and in many air forces; the naval equivalent rank is generally captain. In air forces with a separate rank structure, the equivalent rank is generally group captain. It is also used in some police forces and other paramilitary rank structures. A colonel was typically in charge of a regiment in an army, especially in Great Britain; but typically commander of a brigade in the U.S. Army as of 2012.

'Colonel' is usually the highest or second-highest field rank, and is below the general ranks.

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Famous quotes containing the word colonel:

    I am asked if I would not be gratified if my friends would procure me promotion to a brigadier-generalship. My feeling is that I would rather be one of the good colonels than one of the poor generals. The colonel of a regiment has one of the most agreeable positions in the service, and one of the most useful. “A good colonel makes a good regiment,” is an axiom.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)

    The Colonel went out sailing,
    He spoke with Turk and Jew
    With Christian and with Infidel
    For all tongues he knew.
    “O what’s a wifeless man?” said he
    And he came sailing home.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)