Military Factory
Military Factory

Military Ranks for Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/20/2014

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

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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, shoulder patches and quick links to our pay scale page.

US Army Seal
US Marine Corps Seal
US Air Force Seal
US Navy Seal
US Coast Guard Seal
US Coast Guard Ranks