US Army Military Ranks, Lowest to Highest

The US Army maintains a long-standing tradition dating as far back as 1775 when the first companies of "riflemen" were formed by the Continental Congress. The branch went on to see notable and extensive combat actions in many of America's commitments including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama and the Gulf War of 1991. More recently, US Army personnel have been involved as part of the 2001 War in Afghanistan and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. The branch is regarded as one of the most powerful in the world based on recent combat experiences, current equipment and training doctrine.


Current (as of 2012) weaponry fielded by the US Army includes the M16 assault rifle and the Beretta M9 pistol sidearm. Specialty weapons are also available based on training and expertise and includes various sniper/anti-material rifles, shotguns, machine guns and grenade launchers as well as rocket and anti-tank/anti-aircraft missile launchers and mortars. Notable vehicles currently in service with the US Army include the HMMWV (Humvee) and M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank. The US Army also fields a relatively small stable of aircraft types made up mostly of transport and attack helicopters.

US Army Ranks Listed Below From Lowest to Highest
Pay Grade
Insignia
Abbr
Title
Pay Scale
E-1
NONE
PVT
Private
2014 Pay Scale
E-2
PV2
Private 2
2014 Pay Scale
E-3
PFC
Private First Class
2014 Pay Scale
E-4
SPC
Specialist
2014 Pay Scale
E-4
CPL
Corporal
2014 Pay Scale
E-5
SGT
Sergeant
2014 Pay Scale
E-6
SSG
Staff Sergeant
2014 Pay Scale
E-7
SFC
Sergeant First Class
2014 Pay Scale
E-8
MSG
Master Sergeant
2014 Pay Scale
E-8
1SG
First Sergeant
2014 Pay Scale
E-9
SGM
Sergeant Major
2014 Pay Scale
E-9
CSM
Command Sergeant Major
2014 Pay Scale
E-9
Special
SMA
Sergeant Major of the Army
2014 Pay Scale
W-1
WO1
Warrant Officer
2014 Pay Scale
W-2
CW2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
2014 Pay Scale
W-3
CW3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
2014 Pay Scale
W-4
CW4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
2014 Pay Scale
W-5
CW5
Chief Warrant Officer 5
2014 Pay Scale
O-1
2LT
Second Lieutenant
2014 Pay Scale
O-2
1LT
First Lieutenant
2014 Pay Scale
O-3
CPT
Captain
2014 Pay Scale
O-4
MAJ
Major
2014 Pay Scale
O-5
LTC
Lieutenant Colonel
2014 Pay Scale
O-6
COL
Colonel
2014 Pay Scale
O-7
BG
Brigadier General
2014 Pay Scale
O-8
MG
Major General
2014 Pay Scale
O-9
LTG
Lieutenant General
2014 Pay Scale
O-10
GEN
General
2014 Pay Scale
Special
GA
General of the Army
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