Air Vice-Marshall ( AVM ) or Vice-marshal of the air is a rank of the Royal Air Force (RAF). There also exists in other air forces, its row is higher than Air Commodore and immediately lower than Air Marshall.
OriginsApril 1st 1918, the very new RAF adopts the ranks of the officers of the British Army, the officer who today are Air Vice-Marshall had then the rank of Major-general. To answer the proposal to have for the RAF its own ranks, it is suggested that those of the Royal Navy are used by adding the word " to it; Air" in front of the rank. For example, the Air Vice-Marshall of today would have been Air Rear-Admiral (Rear-admiral of the air). The Amirauté was opposed to the use of its ranks, including in their modified form. Thus a new proposal was advanced: the ranks of Air Officer would be based on the term Ardian , which was a form derived from a combination of the gaelic words " chef" ( ard ) and " oiseau" ( eun ), with the term Squadron Ardian indicating the equivalent of a Major-General Rear-Admiral and . However, it is Air Vice-Marshall which was preferred and adopted the 1919.
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