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    Military Ranks - Officers and Enlisted


    As with any other large professional organization, the United States military maintains a strict structure involving ranks.





    The United States military became one of the largest fighting forces in the world during World War 2 and the subsequent 'Cold War' only served to solidify its place on the global stage for decades to come. Its command structure can appear bewildering at times, sometimes regardless of whether one attempts to understand it on either a professional or a casual level.


    The information presented on the following pages provides the visitor with the available ranks and structure of the four major American military branches of service (the Coast Guard falls under the banner of the Navy and is included here as well). Each rank is listed from lowest-to-highest in their respective chain-of-command and include applicable ranks and shoulder patches.

    US Army Seal image
    United States Army Ranks
    Be All You Can be

    US Navy Seal image
    United States Navy Ranks
    Not For Self But For Country

    US Marine Corps Seal image
    United States Marine Ranks
    Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful)

    US Air Force Seal image
    United States Air Force Ranks
    Aim High...Fly-Fight-Win

    US Coast Guard Seal image
    United States Coast Guard Ranks
    Semper Paratus (Always Ready)