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Military Ranks - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard


As with any other large professional organization, the United States military maintains a strict structure involving ranks.

The United States military became one of the largest fighting forces in the world during World War 2 and the subsequent 'Cold War' only served to solidify its place on the global stage for decades to come. Its command structure can appear bewildering at times, sometimes regardless of whether one attempts to understand it on either a professional or a casual level.

The information presented on the following pages provides the visitor with the available ranks and structure of the four major American military branches of service (the Coast Guard falls under the banner of the Navy and is included here as well). Each rank is listed from lowest-to-highest in their respective chain-of-command and include applicable ranks and shoulder patches.

Also consider the current military pay scale and past military pay scales.
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UNITED STATES ARMY RANKS


The current ranks of the United States Army service listed from lowest-to-highest.
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UNITED STATES NAVY RANKS (USN)


The current ranks of the United States Navy service listed from lowest-to-highest.
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UNITED STATES MARINE RANKS (USMC)


The current ranks of the United States Marine Corps service listed from lowest-to-highest.
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UNITED STATES AIR FORCE RANKS (USAF)


The current ranks of the United States Air Force service listed from lowest-to-highest.
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UNITED STATES COAST GUARD RANKS (USCG)


The current ranks of the United States Coast Guard service listed from lowest-to-highest.
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MILITARY PAY COMPENSATION


The U.S. military pay scale covering the available grades as well as experience involved.
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