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Mexican Rurales - rank insignia

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Mexican Rurales - rank insignia

Unread postby sepid » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:16 am

In the text of Reglamento para el servicio de la Policía Rural (Mexico, Imprenta del Gobierno 1880) there are mentioned following ranks of Policía Rural: Inspector general de Policía Rural, Oficial primero, Oficial segundo, Commandante, Jefe del Detall, Pagador, Cabo primero, Cabo segundo, Sargento and Guarda. But Reglamento provides rank insignia only for ranks from Commandante to Sargento:

Commandante - 4 rows of silver lace 10mm wide, spaced 2mm apart on the jacket sleeves
Jefe del Detall - 3 rows
Pagador - 2 row
Cabo primero - 2 row
Cabo segundo - 1 row
Sargento - 1 "espiguilla"

I recently found a photo of rural policeman´s jacket from about 1890 ( https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/more- ... f_1019796/ ), which bears traces of seven rows of lace (embroidery correspond to that of mexican army generals).

Thus, my theory about rank insignia of Rurales is following:

Inspector general de Policía Rural - 7 rows of silver lace 10mm wide, spaced 2mm apart on the jacket sleeves
Oficial primero - 6 rows
Oficial segundo - 5 row
Commandante - 4 rows
Jefe del Detall - 3 row
Pagador - 2 rows
Cabo primero - 2 rows
Cabo segundo - 1 row
Sargento - 1 "espiguilla"
Guarda - no rank insignia

Any ideas?
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Re: Mexican Rurales - rank insignia

Unread postby Dorward_Bis » Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:39 pm

Hmmm... As I know Sargento (Sergeant) is a higher rank than Cabo (Corporal). Even in Mexican Army, and even in Santa Anna times. And, following the Mexican Army rank structure, I suppose the rank order should be as follows: Guarda - Cabo - Sargento Segundo - Sargento Primero.
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Re: Mexican Rurales - rank insignia

Unread postby Luke2 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:16 pm

"[...] the Rurales also placed their ranks in a slightly different order from that of the regular army. NCO ranks were in descending order of seniority; 1st Corporal, 2nd Corporal, Sergeant. On top of that, both corporals and sergeants were considered to be officers by the Rurales."

http://deguellogunslingers.com/tbc_rurales.htm
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Re: Mexican Rurales - rank insignia

Unread postby sepid » Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:01 pm

By the Rurales, Cabo primero and Cabo segundo were both considered to be officers (Cabo primero was equal to Capitan primero in the Federal army). Sargento was the only NCO rank by the Rurales (but they had the same pay, as ordinary men). See http://cdigital.dgb.uanl.mx/la/10800788 ... 78886.html, pp. 6 and 23.
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