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US Marine Military Ranks, Lowest to Highest

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/1/2014

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

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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.

Grade
Insignia
Abbr
Title
Pay Scale
E-1
NONE
Pvt
Private
2015 Pay Scale
E-2
PFC
Private First Class
2015 Pay Scale
E-3
LCpL
Lance Corporal
2015 Pay Scale
E-4
Cpl
Corporal
2015 Pay Scale
E-5
Sgt
Sergeant
2015 Pay Scale
E-6
SSgt
Staff Sergeant
2015 Pay Scale
E-7
GySgt
Gunnery Sergeant
2015 Pay Scale
E-8
MSgt
Master Sergeant
2015 Pay Scale
E-8
1stSgt
First Sergeant
2015 Pay Scale
E-9
MGySgt
Master Gunnery Sergeant
2015 Pay Scale
E-9
SgtMaj
Sergeant Major
2015 Pay Scale
E-9
Special
SgtMaj
MarCor
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
2015 Pay Scale
W-1
WO
Warrant Officer
2015 Pay Scale
W-2
CWO2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
2015 Pay Scale
W-3
CWO3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
2015 Pay Scale
W-4
CWO4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
2015 Pay Scale
W-5
CWO5
Chief Warrant Officer 5
2015 Pay Scale
O-1
2ndLt
Second Lieutenant
2015 Pay Scale
O-2
1stLt
First Lieutenant
2015 Pay Scale
O-3
Capt
Captain
2015 Pay Scale
O-4
Maj
Major
2015 Pay Scale
O-5
LtCol
Lieutenant Colonel
2015 Pay Scale
O-6
Col
Colonel
2015 Pay Scale
O-7
BGen
Brigadier General
2015 Pay Scale
O-8
MajGen
Major General
2015 Pay Scale
O-9
LtGen
Lieutenant General
2015 Pay Scale
O-10
Gen
General
2015 Pay Scale
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