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The United States Army remains one of the most powerful forces in the world based on recent combat experiences, equipment and training.



The United States Army maintains a long-standing tradition dating as far back as 1775 when the first companies of 'riflemen' were formed by the Continental Congress. The branch went on to see notable (and extensive) combat actions through many of America's subsequent commitments including the Revolutionary War (War of Independence), the War of 1812, the American Civil War, World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf War and - more recently - U.S. Army personnel have been involved as part of the War in Afghanistan and the Invasion of Iraq. NOTE: The Five Star rank is generally reserved for wartime but is also bestowed as an honorary rank in some cases.

US Army Ranks Ordered Lowest-to-Highest


Grade
Insg.
Abbrv
Title
NONE
PVT
Private
E2 rank insignia graphic
PV2
Private 2
E3 rank insignia graphic
PFC
Private First Class
E4 rank insignia graphic
SPC
Specialist
E4 rank insignia graphic
CPL
Corporal
E5 rank insignia graphic
SGT
Sergeant
E6 rank insignia graphic
SSG
Staff Sergeant
E7 rank insignia graphic
SFC
Sergeant First Class
E8 rank insignia graphic
MSG
Master Sergeant
E8 rank insignia graphic
1SG
First Sergeant
E9 rank insignia graphic
SGM
Sergeant Major
E9 rank insignia graphic
CSM
Command Sergeant Major
E9 rank insignia graphic
SMA
Sergeant Major of the Army
W-1
W-1 rank insignia graphic
WO1
Warrant Officer
W-2
W-2 rank insignia graphic
CW2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
W-3
W-3 rank insignia graphic
CW3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
W-4
W-4 rank insignia graphic
CW4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
W-5
W-5 rank insignia graphic
CW5
Chief Warrant Officer 5
O-1
Ensign rank insignia graphic
2LT
Second Lieutenant
O-2
First Lieutenant rank insignia graphic
1LT
First Lieutenant
O-3
Captain military rank insignia graphic
CPT
Captain
O-4
Major military rank insignia graphic
MAJ
Major
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel military rank insignia graphic
LTC
Lieutenant Colonel
O-6
Colonel military rank insignia graphic
COL
Colonel
O-7
Brigadier General military rank insignia graphic
BG
Brigadier General
O-8
Major General military rank insignia graphic
MG
Major General
O-9
Lieutenant General military rank insignia graphic
LTG
Lieutenant General
O-10
General Air Force Chief of Staff military rank insignia graphic
GEN
General
Spec.
General of the Army military rank insignis graphic
GA
General of the Army


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