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Army Ranks (Enlisted and Officers, Lowest to Highest)


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 commitments including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the American Civil War, World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama and the Persian Gulf War. 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.

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Grade
Insignia
Abbrv
Title
E-1
NONE
PVT
Private
E-2
E2 rank insignia
PV2
Private 2
E-3
E3 rank insignia
PFC
Private First Class
E-4
E4 rank insignia
SPC
Specialist
E-4
E4b rank insignia
CPL
Corporal
E-5
E5 rank insignia
SGT
Sergeant
E-6
E6 rank insignia
SSG
Staff Sergeant
E-7
E7 rank insignia
SFC
Sergeant First Class
E-8
E8 rank insignia
MSG
Master Sergeant
E-8
E8b rank insignia
1SG
First Sergeant
E-9
E9 rank insignia
SGM
Sergeant Major
E-9
E9b rank insignia
CSM
Command Sergeant Major
E-9 Special
E9c rank insignia
SMA
Sergeant Major of the Army




W-1
WO1 rank insignia
WO1
Warrant Officer
W-2
WO2 rank insignia
CW2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
W-3
WO3 rank insignia
CW3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
W-4
WO4 rank insignia
CW4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
W-5
WO5 rank insignia
CW5
Chief Warrant Officer 5
O-1
2LT rank insignia
2LT
Second Lieutenant
O-2
1LT rank insignia
1LT
First Lieutenant
O-3
Captain rank insignia
CPT
Captain
O-4
Major rank insignia
MAJ
Major
O-5
LtCol rank insignia
LTC
Lieutenant Colonel
O-6
Colonel rank insignia
COL
Colonel
O-7
Brig General rank insignia
BG
Brigadier General
O-8
Major General rank insignia
MG
Major General
O-9
Lt General rank insignia
LTG
Lieutenant General
O-10
General 4-star rank insignia
GEN
General
Special
General 5-star rank insignia
GA
General of the Army