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Military Ranks Summary
U.S. Armed Forces

by Vaughn Aubuchon

Here are the military ranks/ job grades of the various US armed services - the Army, Marine Core, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard. Officer ranks as well as Enlisted Men ranks are listed.
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Notice the differences between the service branches, especially among enlisted ranks. Note that the Air Force has no "Warrant Officers".
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300

140

Grade
Abbr.
ARMY
MARINES
AIR FORCE
NAVY
and
COAST GUARD

  Officers

O10
GEN

General

General

General

Admiral

O9
LTG

Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General

Vice Admiral

O8
MG

Major General

Major General

Major General

Rear Admiral- Upper H

O7
BG

Brigadier General

Brigadier General

Brigadier General

Rear Admiral- Lower H

O6
COL

Colonel

Colonel

Colonel

Captain

O5
LTC

Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel

Commander

O4
MAJ

Major

Major

Major

Lieutenant Commander

O3
CPT

Captain

Captain

Captain

Lieutenant

O2
1LT

1st Lieutenant

1st Lieutenant

1st Lieutenant

Lieutenant Junior Grade

O1
2LT

2nd Lieutenant

2nd Lieutenant

2nd Lieutenant

Ensign

40

50

150 - 690

150

150

150


Grade
Abbr.
ARMY
MARINES
AIR FORCE
NAVY
and
COAST GUARD

 Warrant Officers

W5
CW5

Chief Warrant Officer 5

Chief Warrant Officer 5

-
-
W4
CW4

Chief Warrant Officer 4

Chief Warrant Officer 4

-

Chief Warrant Officer 4

W3
CW3

Chief Warrant Officer 3

Chief Warrant Officer 3

-

Chief Warrant Officer 3

W2
CW2

Chief Warrant Officer 2

Chief Warrant Officer 2

-

Chief Warrant Officer 2

W1
WO

Warrant Officer 1

Warrant Officer 1

-
-

40

50

150 - 690

150

150

150


Grade
Abbr.
ARMY
MARINES
AIR FORCE
NAVY
and
COAST GUARD

  Enlisted Ranks

E9

 

Sergeant Major

Sergeant Major

Chief Master Sergeant

Master Chief Petty Officer

E8

 

Master Sergeant

Master Sergeant

Senior Master Sergeant

Sen. Chief Petty Officer

E7

 

Sergeant 1st Class

Gunnery Sergeant

Master Sergeant

Chief Petty Officer

E6

 

Staff Sergeant

Staff Sergeant

Technical Sergeant

Petty Officer 1st Class

E5

 

Sergeant

Sergeant

Staff Sergeant

Petty Officer 2nd Class

E4

 

Corporal

Corporal

Senior Airman

Petty Officer 3rd Class

E3

 

Private 1st Class

Lance Corporal

Airman 1st Class

Seaman

E2

 

Private E2

Private 1st Class

Airman

Seaman Apprentice

E1

 

Private

Private

Airman Basic

Seaman Recruit

40

50

150 - 690

150

150

150


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U.S. Troup Unit Sizes

Unit Name
Strength

Composition

Army

80,000 - 200,000

2 - 4 corps

Corps

20,000 - 45,000

2+ divisions

Division

10,000 - 15,000

2 - 4 brigades

Brigade

3,000 - 5,000

3 - 6 battalions

Regiment/
Group

1,500 - 3,000

2+ battalions

Battalion

300 - 1,300

2 - 6 companies

Company

80 - 225

2 - 8 platoons

Platoon

26 - 55

2+ squads

Squad

8 - 13

2+ fireteams

Patrol

5 - 10

2+ fireteams

Fire Team

4

4 men

110

130 - 450

130

80


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was last updated on 2017-06-25.