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US Navy Military Ranks, Lowest to Highest

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/24/2016

The most powerful naval force in the world belongs to the United States Navy with its many ships, submarines, aircraft and fighting men and women.





The United States Navy (USN) was born as the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) and came to existence, in part, through the initiative of John Adams. From its meager beginnings, made up largely of converted merchant vessels, the U.S. Navy has since grown to become the largest sea-going fighting force in the world. It has taken part in all major American conflicts (as well as countless humanitarian efforts) throughout its existence, recording actions in the American Civil War (1861-1865), World War 1 (1914-1918) and World War 2 (1939-1945). In the post-World War world, the U.S. Navy remained a critical component during the tumultuous Cold War (1947-1991) period and marked notable service in the Korean War (1950-1953), Vietnam War (1955-1975) and the 1991 Gulf War. More recently, the USN has committed to operations in Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003) following the events of 9/11.


U.S. COAST GUARD Ranks are presented in a separate listing here.


Grade
Insignia
Abbr
Title
Pay Scale
E-1
NONE
SR
Seaman Recruit
2016 Pay Scale
E-2
SA
Seaman Apprentice
2016 Pay Scale
E-3
SN
Seaman
2016 Pay Scale
E-4
PO3
Petty Officer 3rd Class
2016 Pay Scale
E-5
PO2
Petty Officer 2nd Class
2016 Pay Scale
E-6
PO1
Petty Officer 1st Class
2016 Pay Scale
E-7
CPO
Chief Petty Officer
2016 Pay Scale
E-8
SCPO
Senior Chief Petty Officer
2016 Pay Scale
E-9
MCPO
Master Chief Petty Officer
2016 Pay Scale
E-9
Fleet / Commander Master Chief Petty Officer
2016 Pay Scale
E-9
Special
MCPON
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
2016 Pay Scale
W-2
CWO2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
2016 Pay Scale
W-3
CWO3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
2016 Pay Scale
W-4
CWO4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
2016 Pay Scale
W-5
CWO5
Chief Warrant Officer 5
2016 Pay Scale
O-1
ENS
Ensign
2016 Pay Scale
O-2
LTJG
Lieutenant Junior Grade
2016 Pay Scale
O-3
LT
Lieutenant
2016 Pay Scale
O-4
LCDR
Lieutenant Commander
2016 Pay Scale
O-5
CDR
Commander
2016 Pay Scale
O-6
CAPT
Captain
2016 Pay Scale
O-7
RDML
Rear Admiral (Lwr Hlf)
2016 Pay Scale
O-8
RADM
Rear Admiral (Uppr Hlf)
2016 Pay Scale
O-9
VADM
Vice Admiral
2016 Pay Scale
O-10
ADM
Admiral Chief of Naval Ops / Commandant of the CG
2016 Pay Scale
O-11
Special
FADM
Fleet Admiral
Reserved for Wartime
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