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US Marine Military Ranks, Lowest to Highest

Last Updated: 5/27/2015

United States Marines rank as some of the toughest fighting men and women to be found anywhere on the globe.


As with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) dates back to 1775 when the first battalions of men were formed under the command of Samuel Nicholas (1744-1790). U.S. Marines operate as part of the United States Navy and form the "sea-borne infantry arm" of the American war machine - primarily assaulting enemy positions through amphibious means. The USMC has participated in every major conflict since the inception of the United States of America including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, World War 1, World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. It was during World War 2 that the modern image of the fighting Marine was born, solidifying their place on the world stage for generations to come.

Grade
Insignia
Abbr
Title
Pay Scale
E-1
NONE
Pvt
Private
E-2
PFC
Private First Class
E-3
LCpL
Lance Corporal
E-4
Cpl
Corporal
E-5
Sgt
Sergeant
E-6
SSgt
Staff Sergeant
E-7
GySgt
Gunnery Sergeant
E-8
MSgt
Master Sergeant
E-8
1stSgt
First Sergeant
E-9
MGySgt
Master Gunnery Sergeant
E-9
SgtMaj
Sergeant Major
E-9
Special
SgtMaj
MarCor
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
W-1
WO
Warrant Officer
W-2
CWO2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
W-3
CWO3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
W-4
CWO4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
W-5
CWO5
Chief Warrant Officer 5
O-1
2ndLt
Second Lieutenant
O-2
1stLt
First Lieutenant
O-3
Capt
Captain
O-4
Maj
Major
O-5
LtCol
Lieutenant Colonel
O-6
Col
Colonel
O-7
BGen
Brigadier General
O-8
MajGen
Major General
O-9
LtGen
Lieutenant General
O-10
Gen
General
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