Air Force Marshal (UK)

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May 21, 2022

The Royal Air Force Marshal is the highest rank in the Royal Air Force. In peacetime, it was given to officers appointed Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff of the Air Force to retire. The rank of a living Air Force Marshal is maintained for life, but now the highest rank of active officers is the general. Although promotion to Marshal has been suspended since the reduction of the Air Force in the 1990s, it may be appointed during the war and may be given to the British royal family and certain senior officers at the discretion of the monarch even in peacetime. Yes (although the appointment in peacetime is an honor). In 2012, Charles, Prince of Wales was appointed Marshal for his assistance to Queen Elizabeth II, the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army. Was appointed to. The Air Force Marshal is a five-star rank and, unlike the Air Force Lieutenant General, can be correctly regarded as a Marshal. The NATO rank is OF-10, which is equivalent to Marshal of the Army (British Army) and Admiral of the Navy (British Navy). The rank of Marshal Air Force was established in 1919, and a total of 27 people were promoted to Marshal, starting with the first promotion of Hugh Trenchard in 1927. Of these, 22 are professional military personnel and 5 are British royal families. King George V was not officially an Air Force Marshal, but was the Commander-in-Chief, and within his authority he sometimes wore Air Force uniforms and ranks. He first wore it in public in 1935 (the year before his demise). With the exception of the monarch and royalty, only Sholto Douglas and Arthur Harris were promoted to Marshal without serving as Chief of the General Staff, both of whom served as commanders in World War II. Harris was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Bomber Command, and Douglas was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Fighter Command, Middle East Command and Coastal Command.

Origin

Prior to the creation of the RAF's officer rank titles in 1919, it was proposed that by analogy with field marshal, the highest rank title should be air marshal. It was later decided to use the rank of air marshal as an equivalent rank to lieutenant general And "marshal of the air" was put forward as the highest RAF rank. This new rank title was opposed by the then Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Sir Henry Wilson, who considered that the title was "ridiculous". However, the Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Hugh Trenchard was unmoved and the title was adopted. Though never held by a Royal Air Force officer, the rank title of marshal of the air lasted until April 1925, when it was changed to marshal of the Royal Air Force .Quested in the House of Commons, Secretary of State for Air Sir Samuel Hoare stated that the reason for the change in title was that marshal of the air was "somewhat indefinite in character" and the new title was deemed more appropriate. It has also been reported th at King George V was not happy with the title of marshal of the air, feeling it might imply attributes which should properly be reserved for God.

Insignia, command flag and star plate

The rank insignia consists of four narrow light blue bands (each on a slightly wider black band) above a light blue band on a broad black band. This insignia is derived from the sleeve lace of an admiral of the fleet and is worn on both the Marshals of the Royal Air Force wear shoulder boards with their service dress at ceremonial events. These shoulder boards show the air officer's eagle surrounded by a wreath, two crossed marshal's batons and, since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the St Edward's Crown representing royal au