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Military Ranks

Information About US Military Ranks and Pay Grades

Military ranks in the U.S. Military are divided into three categories, Officers, Warrant Officers and Enlisteds. Each rank, such as Private, has a corresponding pay grade (E-1). Pay grades are administrative classifications used to standardize compensation across the military services. Military ranks are used to provide a clear chain of command in order to efficiently accomplish tasks and missions, and to maintain order and discipline within the military.

The Officer ranks in the United States military, such as Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Colonel, Admiral and General, consist of commissioned officers (and Warrant Officers). The commissioned ranks are the highest in the military. Officers hold presidential commissions and are confirmed at their ranks by the Senate.

Below the general Officer ranks are Warrant Officers. Warrant officers hold warrants from their service secretary and are specialists and experts in certain military technologies or capabilities, such as flying helicopters in the U.S. Army.

The Enlisted military ranks are below the Officer ranks and consist of service members who have “enlisted” for a certain period of time (usually two to six years). Enlisted members are the general workforce of the military, performing jobs such as infantry, artillery, mechanic, and administrative duties.

In the Enlisted ranks, service members in pay grades E-1 through E-3 are usually in their initial enlistment. Non-commissioned officers (NCOs), such as Corporals, Sergeants and Petty Officers, are E-4s and E-5s who usually supervise E-1s through E-3s. Senior non-commissioned officers (SNCOs) are E-6s and above. Many SNCOs work closely with Officers.

MILITARY RANKS

U.S. Air Force

E-1 Airman Basic
E-2 Airman
E-3 Airman First Class
E-4 Senior Airman
E-5 Staff Sergeant
E-6 Technical Sergeant
E-7 Master Sergeant
First Sergeant
E-8 Senior Master Sergeant
First Sergeant
E-9 Chief Master Sergeant
First Sergeant
Command Chief Master Sergeant
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
O-1 Second Lieutenant
O-2 First Lieutenant
O-3 Captain
O-4 Major
O-5 Lieutenant Colonel
O-6 Colonel
O-7 Brigadier General
O-8 Major General
O-9 Lieutenant General
O-10 General

U.S. Army

E-1 Private E-1
E-2 Private E-2
E-3 Private First Class
E-4 Corporal
Specialist
E-5 Sergeant
E-6 Staff Sergeant
E-7 Sergeant First Class
E-8 Master Sergeant
First Sergeant
E-9 Sergeant Major
Command Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major of the Army
W-1 Warrant Officer
W-2 Chief Warrant Officer
W-3 Chief Warrant Officer
W-4 Chief Warrant Officer
W-5 Chief Warrant Officer
O-1 Second Lieutenant
O-2 First Lieutenant
O-3 Captain
O-4 Major
O-5 Lieutenant Colonel
O-6 Colonel
O-7 Brigadier General
O-8 Major General
O-9 Lieutenant General
O-10 General
General of the Army

Coast Guard

E-1 Seaman Recruit
E-2 Seaman Apprentice
E-3 Seaman
E-4 Petty Officer Third Class
E-5 Petty Officer Second Class
E-6 Petty Officer First Class
E-7 Chief Petty Officer
E-8 Senior Chief Petty Officer
E-9 Master Chief Petty Officer
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Petty Officer of the CG
W-2 Chief Warrant Officer
W-3 Chief Warrant Officer
W-4 Chief Warrant Officer
O-1 Ensign
O-2 Lieutenant Junior Grade
O-3 Lieutenant
O-4 Lieutenant Commander
O-5 Commander
O-6 Captain
O-7 Rear Admiral (Lower Half)
O-8 Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
O-9 Vice Admiral
O-10 Admiral

U.S. Marine Corps

E-1 Private
E-2 Private First Class
E-3 Lance Corporal
E-4 Corporal
E-5 Sergeant
E-6 Staff Sergeant
E-7 Gunnery Sergeant
E-8 Master Sergeant
First Sergeant
E-9 Master Gunnery Sergeant
Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
W-1 Warrant Officer
W-2 Chief Warrant Officer
W-3 Chief Warrant Officer
W-4 Chief Warrant Officer
W-5 Chief Warrant Officer
O-1 Second Lieutenant
O-2 First Lieutenant
O-3 Captain
O-4 Major
O-5 Lieutenant Colonel
O-6 Colonel
O-7 Brigadier General
O-8 Major General
O-9 Lieutenant General
O-10 General

U.S. Navy

E-1 Seaman Recruit
E-2 Seaman Apprentice
E-3 Seaman
E-4 Petty Officer Third Class
E-5 Petty Officer Second Class
E-6 Petty Officer First Class
E-7 Chief Petty Officer
E-8 Senior Chief Petty Officer
E-9 Master Chief Petty Officer
Force or Fleet Command Master Chief Petty Officer
W-2 Chief Warrant Officer
W-3 Chief Warrant Officer
W-4 Chief Warrant Officer
O-1 Ensign
O-2 Lieutenant Junior Grade
O-3 Lieutenant
O-4 Lieutenant Commander
O-5 Commander
O-6 Captain
O-7 Rear Admiral (Lower Half)
O-8 Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
O-9 Vice Admiral
O-10 Admiral
Fleet Admiral

Military Ranks Enlisted and Warrant Officers

Military Ranks Officers

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