Colour Sergeant

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Colour Sergeant (CSgt or C/Sgt) is a non-commissioned rank in the Royal Marines or British infantry regiments, ranking above Sergeant and below Warrant Officer Class 2. It has a NATO ranking code of OR-7 and is equivalent to a Staff Sergeant in armoured regiments of the British Army or a Flight Sergeant or Chief Technician in the Royal Air Force. The insignia is the monarch's crown above three downward pointing chevrons.

The rank was also used in the British Army, being introduced during the Napoleonic Wars to reward long-serving sergeants. By World War I it had given way to Company Sergeant Major and Company Quartermaster Sergeant, but it is still the title used to refer to all staff sergeants in infantry regiments, no matter what their appointment.

Historically Colour Sergeants of British line regiments were tasked to protect Ensigns or junior officers who were responsible for carrying their battalions' Colours (flag or insignia) to rally troops in battles. For this reason the Colour Sergeant rank was considered a prestigious one given normally to courageous Sergeants who had attained accomplishments in battles. This tradition continues nowaways as Colour Sergeants form part of a Colour Party in military parades.

Colour Sergeants are referred to and addressed as Colour Sergeant or Colour, never as Sergeant.

See also

Comparative military ranks

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