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In The Witcher series, there are many military units of varying kinds.


Ataman is a type of officer rank or title in the Redanian military. During his lifetime, Olgierd von Everec was ataman of the Redanian Free Company, also known as the "Wild Ones".[1]


Captain is a military rank. A banner or a garrison is usually led by a captain. Generally the head of a non-military group (i.e. a gang of bandits) can be called captain as well. Captain is also the title usually given to the leader of the city guard.


A centurion is a non-commissioned officer (or NCO) similar to a Sergeant which commands 100 soldiers.


Normally a colonel is the commander of an Infantry Regiment or a Cavalry Banner. In the books colonels seem to command Brigades and Divisions.



Commander is a generic term for an officer commanding any armed forces unit. In witcher universe that include generals, head of divisions, brigades, regiments, battalions, companies, free companies or smaller military units, special forces as well as commanders of guerilla or militia troops.


Constable is a rank in law enforcement and military of Temeria. On Tukaj Foothills and surroundings, Constable Frans Torquil maintained order during the 1250s in name of the bailiff of Gors Velen.[2]

During the Northern Wars, a lowly born Constable Jan Natalis became notorious as successful commander-in-charge of Northern forces being sometimes referred by his subordinates to as "Lord Constable".[3]


  • In Polish (original) edition, the two bear different titles: Torquil is a konstabl and Natalis a konetabl. Both derive from the French Connetable, but mean different functions in Polish.



A Decurion is a officer that commands ten soldiers and serves under a Centurion.

Field Hetman of the Crown[]

Field Hetman of the Crown are the highest-ranking military officers, second only to the king, in Redania. This position is similar to Temerian Constable of Temeria or Nilfgaardian Field marshal.

Field marshal[]

Field marshal (or sometimes simply referred to as Marshal) is the title of a supreme commander in the Nilfgaardian military.


Jarl of Skellige[]

The Jarl of Skellige (Polish: jarl Wysp Skellige) is a title referring to the main commander of the Skellige military forces[4] leading the kingdom's powerful fleet and other branches[5], thus making them the most faithful aide to the king or queen. Commander differs from regular clan chieftains, with single "jarl" or "earl", by small crown from what appears to be gold and silver.

Lance corporal[]


The lieutenant is usually the Captain's deputy.

Lieutenant colonel[]

Lieutenant colonel is the Colonel's second in command.

Lieutenant general[]

Lieutenant general is the General's second in command.

Major general[]

Major general is a military position in the Nilfgaardian army.



Private is generally the lowest position one holds in any military force.


Quartermaster is a regimental officer, usually commissioned from the ranks, responsible for administering barracks, laying out the camp, and looking after supplies.


Standard Bearer[]

A Standard Bearer is a soldier whose task is to carry and protect his military insignia on the battlefield.