Ukraine changes Soviet-style military rank codes with NATO standards

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Canan Kevser
06 January 2021, 16:28
Canan Kevser
06 January 2021, 16:28

Ukrainian Defence Minister Andriy Taran on Wednesday, January 6, has signed a decree on the transfer of Ukrainian military ranks to NATO military rank codes according to the NATO STANAG 2116 standard.

"This List establishes the correspondence of the codification of military ranks of the military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to the military ranks of NATO. It is another step ensuring compatibility with the armed forces of the member states," Taran said according to the press service of Ukrainian Defence Ministry.

According to him, the signed order begins the Euro-Atlantic transformation of the existing personnel management system to manage the career of military personnel on military ranks. In turn, this will become an integral part of the draft Concept of the military personnel policy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine until 2025.

Taran emphasised that these decisions are aimed at changing the Soviet-style career management system to the modern one adopted in the armies of the leading states. 

"It is a guide to the actions of personnel agencies to switch to a new philosophy of work, which provides for the creation of a career map for each soldier, sergeant, officer on his training, career growth and provision," the minister added.

As reported, on January 5, Turkey took over the command of NATO’s high readiness force established against destabilising activities of Russia in Ukraine.