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US Air Force Military Ranks, Lowest to Highest

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 5/27/2014

The United States Air Force utilizes some of the most sophisticated equipment on earth, from stealth bombers to 5th Generation Fighters.

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The USAF formally began operations on September 18th, 1947 following the conclusion of World War 2 (September 2nd, 1945) but maintained a history as far back as 1907. Before 1947, the USAF operated as the "United States Army Air Force" (USAAF) when American airmen contributed to both World War 1 (1914-1918) and World War 2 (1939-1945). The modern United States Air Force has seen major combat actions since the Korean War (1950-1953) and fields a variety of attack, bomber, helicopter, reconnaissance, training and transport aircraft to cover all manner of mission types.


NOTES: The Five Star rank is generally reserved for wartime only and may also be used as an honorary rank. Formally, United States Air Force rank abbreviations are not displayed with an ending period. Additionally, the United States Air Force does not maintain a First Sergeant rank common to other branches of service. Instead, Sergeant ranks are denoted by special additions within the insignia, such as the diamond differentiating the Master Sergeant and Senior Master Sergeant ranks. Similarly, the diamond is replaced by a star to differentiate between the Chief Master Sergeant and Command Chief Master Sergeant ranks.

Grade
Insignia
Abbr
Title
Pay Scale
E-1
NONE
AB
Airman Basic
2014 Pay Scale
E-2
Amn
Airman
2014 Pay Scale
E-3
A1C
Airman First Class
2014 Pay Scale
E-4
SrA
Senior Airman
2014 Pay Scale
E-5
SSgt
Staff Sergeant
2014 Pay Scale
E-6
TSgt
Technical Sergeant
2014 Pay Scale
E-7
MSgt
Master Sergeant
2014 Pay Scale
E-7
MSgt
Master Sergeant (Diamond)
2014 Pay Scale
E-8
SMSgt
Senior Master Sergeant
2014 Pay Scale
E-8
SMSgt
Senior Master Sergeant (Diamond)
2014 Pay Scale
E-9
CMSgt
Chief Master Sergeant
2014 Pay Scale
E-9
CMSgt
Chief Master Sergeant (Diamond)
2014 Pay Scale
E-9
CCM
Command Chief Master Sergeant
2014 Pay Scale
E-9
Special
CMSAF
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
2014 Pay Scale
O-1
2d Lt
Second Lieutenant
2014 Pay Scale
O-2
1st Lt
First Lieutenant
2014 Pay Scale
O-3
Capt
Captain
2014 Pay Scale
O-4
Maj
Major
2014 Pay Scale
O-5
Lt Col
Lieutenant Colonel
2014 Pay Scale
O-6
Col
Colonel
2014 Pay Scale
O-7
Brig Gen
Brigadier General
2014 Pay Scale
O-8
Maj Gen
Major General
2014 Pay Scale
O-9
Lt Gen
Lieutenant General
2014 Pay Scale
O-10
Gen
General Air Force Chief of Staff
2014 Pay Scale
Special
GAF
General of the Air Force
2014 Pay Scale
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