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US Coast Guard Military Ranks, Lowest to Highest

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". Her 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 her inception, she stood as the only armed surface fleet in service to the United States of America for the official 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.


Contrary to popular belief, the USCG actually operates under the banner of the Department of Homeland Security in times of peace and during war, by order of the President of the United States, falls under management of the United States Navy. The USCG exists as one of the five armed service branches for the United States military and, for the most part, her ranks (or "rates") follow very much in line with those as offered by the United States Navy with the exception of the "Seaman" recruit rank and some insignia colors.


Beyond interception and enforcement missions, personnel of the USCG are called upon to assist in search and rescue actions, patrol, enforcement of marine safety laws, ensure port security and environmental protection measures. Women first made their mark within the ranks of the USCG in the 1830s. Members of the USCG were also active participants (and award recipients) in the 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 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Listed Below From Lowest to Highest
Pay Grade
Insignia
Abbrv.
Title
Pay
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-10
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 (lower half)
2014 Pay Scale
O-8
RADM
Rear Admiral (upper half)
2014 Pay Scale
O-9
VADM
Vice Admiral
2014 Pay Scale
O-10
ADM
Admiral Chief of Naval Operations / Commandant of the Coast Guard
2014 Pay Scale
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