The US Military Ranks

Even people who are interested to become part of the military will not have a thorough and precise understanding of the military ranks. If you would be asked right now to put everything in order, do you think that you will be able to do it? Most people wouldn’t even get more than three right.

Those who have already spent time in uniform know just how important this is. It can be complicated because there are a lot of details that you should memorize. As long as you have a clear understanding and you are interested, memorizing all the important details will be easier to do.

The US Army Ranks in Order

Enlisted Personnel

Pay GradeRank
E-1Private (Recruit)
E-2Private
E-3Private First Class
E-4Specialist

Non-Commissioned Officers

Pay GradeRank
E-4Corporal
E-5Sergeant
E-6Staff Sergeant
E-7Sergeant First Class
E-8First Sergeant Master Sergeant
E-9Command Sergeant Major Sergeant Major
E-10Sergeant Major of the Army

Warrant Officers

Pay GradeRank
W-1Warrant Officer 1
W-2Warrant Officer 2
W-3Warrant Officer 3
W-4Warrant Officer 4
W-5Master Warrant Officer 5

Commissioned Officers

Pay GradeRank
0-12nd Lieutenant
0-21st Lieutenant
0-3Captain
0-4Major
0-5Lieutenant Colonel
0-6Colonel
0-7Brigadier General
0-8Major General
0-9Lieutenant General
0-10Army Chief of Staff General

Air Force Ranks in Order

You may be wondering, what about those who are working in the Air Force? These are their corresponding ranks.

Enlisted Personnel

Pay GradeRank
E-1Airman Basic
E-2Airman
E-3Airman First Class
E-4Senior Airman

Non-Commissioned Officers

Pay GradeRank
E-5Staff Sergeant
E-6Technical Sergeant
E-7First Sergeant (Master Sergeant) Master Sergeant
E-8First Sergeant (Senior Master Sergeant) Senior Master Sergeant
E-9First Sergeant (Chief Master Sergeant) Chief Master Sergeant
SpecialChief Master Sergeant of Air Force

Commissioned Officers

Pay GradeRank
0-12nd Lieutenant 
0-21st Lieutenant
0-3Captain
0-4Major
0-5Lieutenant Colonel
0-6Colonel
0-7Brigadier General
0-8Major General
0-9Lieutenant General
0-10Air Force Chief of Staff General
**General of the Air Force

Ranking of Marine Corps

Since you are already learning a lot about ranks, it is about time that you learn more about the Marine Corps.

Enlisted Personnel

Pay GradeRank
E-1Private
E-2Private First Class
E-3Lance Corporal

Non-Commissioned Officers

Pay GradeRank
E-4Corporal
E-5Sergeant
E-6Staff Sergeant
E-7Gunnery Sergeant
E-8First Sergeant Master Sergeant
E-9Sergeant Major Master Gunnery Sergeant
SpecialSergeant Major of the Marine Corps

Warrant Officers

Pay GradeRank
W-1Warrant Officer
W-2Chief Warrant Officer 2
W-3Chief Warrant Officer 3
W-4Chief Warrant Officer 4
W-5Chief Warrant Officer 5

Commissioned Officers

Pay GradeRank
0-12nd Lieutenant
0-21st Lieutenant
0-3Captain
0-4Major
0-5Lieutenant Colonel
0-6Colonel
0-7Brigadier General
0-8Major General
0-9Lieutenant General
0-10Commandant of the Marine Corps General

Navy Ranks in Order

Finally, you can learn more about the ranks that are being followed in the Navy.

Enlisted Personnel

Pay GradeRank
E-1Seaman Recruit
E-2Seaman Apprentice
E-3Seaman 

Non-Commissioned Officers

Pay GradeRank
E-4Petty Officer Third Class
E-5Petty Officer Second Class
E-6Petty Officer First Class
E-7Chief Petty Officer
E-8Senior Chief Petty Officer
E-9Master Chief Petty Officer
SpecialMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

Warrant Officers

Pay GradeRank
W-1Warrant Officer 1
W-2Warrant Officer 2
W-3Warrant Officer 3
W-4Warrant Officer 4
W-5Master Warrant Officer

Commissioned Officers

Pay GradeRank
0-1Ensign
0-2Lieutenant, Junior Grade
0-3Lieutenant
0-4Lieutenant Commander
0-5Commander
0-6Captain
0-7Rear Admiral (Commodore)
0-8Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
0-9Vice Admiral
0-10Chief of Naval Operations Commandant of Coast Guard Admiral
**Fleet Admiral

Coast Guard Ranks (H2)

What about the Coast Guard? You may ask. These are the ranks that you can start memorizing soon.

Enlisted Personnel

Pay GradeRank
E-1Seaman Recruit
E-2Seaman Apprentice
E-3Seaman

Non-Commissioned Officers

Pay GradeRank
E-4Petty Officer Third Class
E-5Petty Officer Second Class
E-6Petty Officer First Class
E-7Chief Petty Officer
E-8Senior Chief Petty Officer
E-9Master Chief Petty Officer
SpecialMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

Warrant Officers

Pay GradeRank
W-1Warrant Officer 1
W-2Warrant Officer 2
W-3Warrant Officer 3
W-4Warrant Officer 4
W-5Master Warrant Officer

Commissioned Officers

Pay GradeRank
0-1Ensign
0-2Lieutenant Junior Grade
0-3Lieutenant
0-4Lieutenant Commander
0-5Commander
0-6Captain
0-7Rear Admiral (Commodore)
0-8Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
0-9Vice Admiral
0-10Chief of Naval Operations Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral
**Fleet Admiral

Conclusion

Are you ready to share this information with people who are as enthusiastic about this as you? Feel free to give them the details that they want to know. It will be nice to learn different things from time to time.

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