[SIZE=2]Jenicheri Aghasi (Yeniçeri ağası)(Commander-in-Chief of the Janissaries)[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]He was the leader of the Janissary Corps, responsible for everything to do with the Corps, on a par with today's Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. He lived in the Palace known as Agha Kapousou and took part in the meetings of the Divan (Council of State). He was the msot important of all the Aghas and wore a special robe when coming to Divan. At times he took the place of the Vizier and then he entered the presence of the Sultan by bowing and kissing the skirt of his coat twice. He helped the Sultan to dismount from his horse and was responsible for law and order within the city of Istanbul. He was also in charge of putting out fires. The Commander-in-Chief was paid daily fees of 500 akches, plus an annual salary of 90,000 akches. Promotion for the Commander-in-Chief was to be made Governor General or Grand Vizier but if he was demoted he was made Sandjak-Bey (Governor General of a Sandjak or subdivision of a province). Once every three years, the Commander-in-Chief was given a horse from the stable of the Sultan. The post was dissolved with the rest of the Janissary Corps in 1826. [/SIZE]
Bashchavoush (Baş Çavuş)(Officer of the Janissary Corps) l.
These were the senior of all the officers in the Janissary Corps. They were sometimes referred to as the Chief Sergeant and were also the Commander of the Fifth Squadron. The Bashchavoush would cover for the Kethudas (or Kahia Bey) in his absence but should not be confused witht the Chavoush Bashis (the Chief of the Sultan's Bodyguard) even though they did, later, become Chief Sergeants in the Janissary Corps.
Koul Kahyası (Kul Kahyası ) (General of the Boulouk Janissaries) m.l.
He was assistant to the Commander-in-Chief of the Janissary Corps. Originally he was lower in rank than the Chief of Sekbans but, in later years, they were demoted below the Koul Kahyası. Administration of the Corps was his particular responsibility – promotions, appointments and
Kapidjibashi (Kapıcı Başı )(Head of the Palace Doorkeepers)m.r.
This man was the senior doorkeeper in the Palace. When foreign ambassadors came, it was the duty of the Kapidjibashi to lead them into the presence of the Sultan. There were four Head Doorkeepers in the Palace and their superior was a General. In later years their numbers increased.
Orta Chavoushou (Orta Çavuş ) (Sergeant of the Janissaries)r.
These Sergeants were under the command of the Chief Sergeant and were responsible for relaying commands to the other ranks. They were sometimes called Middle Sergeants - there were three ranks of sergeants: Minor, Middle and Chief Sergeants.
dismissals being executed by him. The post disappeared when the Janissary Corps was abolished in 1826.
Koul Kahyası (Kul Kahyası )
Bashchavoush (Baş Çavuş)
Kapidjibashi (Kapıcı Başı )