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US Coast Guard Military Ranks, Lowest to Highest

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 5/29/2014

The United States Coast Guard is charged with a variety of tasks - from interception and search and rescue to maritime enforcement and patrol.

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The United States Coast Guard (USCG) was born on August 4th, 1790 as what as then known as the "Revenue Marine" and, later, the "Revenue Cutter Service". Its duties have always involved policing American waters in an effort to curtail various smuggling operations into and out of the United States as well as enforcing maritime laws while protecting vital regions. At the time of its inception, the USCG stood as the only armed surface fleet in service with America (the Navy Department was not formed until 1798). It was not until 1915 that the Revenue Cutter Service and the Life-Saving Service were melded together to become the "United States Coast Guard" that we know today.


The USCG operates under the banner of the Department of Homeland Security in times of peace. During wartime, by order of the President, the USCG falls under management of the United States Navy (USN) and, as such, has ranks (or "rates") that follow very much in line with those as offered by the USN (with the exception of the "Seaman" recruit rank and some insignia colors).


Women first made their mark in the USCG in the 1830s and USCG members were active participants (and award recipients) during the famous D-Day landings at Normandy, France on June 6th, 1944. Today, the USCG operates small- and medium-class surface ships, rescue helicopters, fixed-wing surveillance aircraft and several UAVs.

Grade
Insignia
Abbr
Title
Pay Scale
E-1
SR
Seaman Recruit
2014 Pay Scale
E-2
SA
Seaman Apprentice
2014 Pay Scale
E-2
FA
Fireman Apprentice
2014 Pay Scale
E-2
AA
Airman Apprentice
2014 Pay Scale
E-3
SN
Seaman
2014 Pay Scale
E-3
FN
Fireman
2014 Pay Scale
E-3
AN
Airman
2014 Pay Scale
E-4
PO3
Petty Officer 3rd Class
2014 Pay Scale
E-5
PO2
Petty Officer 2nd Class
2014 Pay Scale
E-6
PO1
Petty Officer 1st Class
2014 Pay Scale
E-7
CPO
Chief Petty Officer
2014 Pay Scale
E-8
SCPO
Senior Chief Petty Officer
2014 Pay Scale
E-9
MCPO
Master Chief Petty Officer
2014 Pay Scale
E-9
CMC
Command Master Chief Petty Officer
2014 Pay Scale
E-9
MCPOCG
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
2014 Pay Scale
W-2
CWO2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
2014 Pay Scale
W-3
CWO3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
2014 Pay Scale
W-4
CWO4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
2014 Pay Scale
O-1
ENS
Ensign
2014 Pay Scale
O-2
LTJG
Lieutenant Junior Grade
2014 Pay Scale
O-3
LT
Lieutenant
2014 Pay Scale
O-4
LCDR
Lieutenant Commander
2014 Pay Scale
O-5
CDR
Commander
2014 Pay Scale
O-6
CAPT
Captain
2014 Pay Scale
O-7
RDML
Rear Admiral (Lwr Hlf)
2014 Pay Scale
O-8
RADM
Rear Admiral (Uppr Hlf)
2014 Pay Scale
O-9
VADM
Vice Admiral
2014 Pay Scale
O-10
ADM
Admiral Chief of Naval Ops / Commandant of the CG
2014 Pay Scale
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