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US Army Military Ranks, Lowest to Highest

Last Updated: 5/26/2015

The United States Army remains one of the most powerful forces in the world based on recent combat experiences, equipment and training.


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 through many of America's commitments including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the American Civil War, World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama and the 1991 Gulf War. More recently, U.S. 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 combat experience, equipment quality and training.

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