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Marine Ranks (Enlisted and Officers, Lowest to Highest)


United States Marines rank as some of the toughest fighting men and women to be found anywhere on the globe.

As with the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) dates back to 1775 when the first battalions of men were formed under the command of Samuel Nicholas (1744-1790). Marines operate as part of the United States Navy and form the 'sea-borne infantry arm' of the American war machine - primarily assaulting enemy positions by way of amphibious means.


The USMC has participated in every major conflict since the inception of the United States of America including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, World War 1, World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, the 1991 Gulf War, and - more recently - Iraq and Afghanistan. It was during World War 2 that the modern image of the fighting Marine was born, solidifying their place on the world stage for generations.

Considering a career in the United States Marine Corps? Then also consider United States Marine Corps small arms currently in use, United States Marine Corps vehicles and artillery systems currently in use and United States Marine Corps aircraft currently in use for more information on available equipment.


Grade
Insignia
Abbrv
Title
E-1
NONE
Pvt
Private
E-2
E2 rank insignia
PFC
Private First Class
E-3
E3 rank insignia
LCpL
Lance Corporal
E-4
E4 rank insignia
Cpl
Corporal
E-5
E5 rank insignia
Sgt
Sergeant
E-6
E6 rank insignia
SSgt
Staff Sergeant
E-7
E7 rank insignia
GySgt
Gunnery Sergeant
E-8
E8 rank insignia
MSgt
Master Sergeant
E-8
E8b rank insignia
1stSgt
First Sergeant
E-9
E9 rank insignia
MGySgt
Master Gunnery Sergeant
E-9
E9b rank insignia
SgtMaj
Sergeant Major
E-9 Special
E9c rank insignia
SgtMaj MarCor
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps




W-1
W1 rank insignia
WO
Warrant Officer
W-2
W2 rank insignia
CWO2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
W-3
W3 rank insignia
CWO3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
W-4
W4 rank insignia
CWO4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
W-5
W5 rank insignia
CWO5
Chief Warrant Officer 5
O-1
2lt rank insignia
2ndLt
Second Lieutenant
O-2
1lt rank insignia
1stLt
First Lieutenant
O-3
Captain rank insignia
Capt
Captain
O-4
Major rank insignia
Maj
Major
O-5
Lt Colonel rank insignia
LtCol
Lieutenant Colonel
O-6
Colonel rank insignia
Col
Colonel
O-7
Brig General rank insignia
BGen
Brigadier General
O-8
Major General rank insignia
MajGen
Major General
O-9
Lt General rank insignia
LtGen
Lieutenant General
O-10
General rank insignia
Gen
General