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



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.

USMC Ranks Ordered Lowest-to-Highest


Grade
Insg.
Abbrv
Title
E-1
NONE
Pvt
Private
E-2
E2 rank insignia graphic
PFC
Private First Class
E-3
E3 rank insignia graphic
LCpL
Lance Corporal
E-4
E4 rank insignia graphic
Cpl
Corporal
E-5
E5 rank insignia graphic
Sgt
Sergeant
E-6
E6 rank insignia graphic
SSgt
Staff Sergeant
E-7
E7 rank insignia graphic
GySgt
Gunnery Sergeant
E-8
E8 rank insignia graphic
MSgt
Master Sergeant
E-8
E8 rank insignia graphic
1stSgt
First Sergeant
E-9
E9 rank insignia graphic
MGySgt
Master Gunnery Sergeant
E-9
E9 rank insignia graphic
SgtMaj
Sergeant Major
E-9
E9 rank insignia graphic
SgtMaj MarCor
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
W-1
W-1 rank insignia graphic
WO
Warrant Officer
W-2
W-2 rank insignia graphic
CWO2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
W-3
W-3 rank insignia graphic
CWO3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
W-4
W-4 rank insignia graphic
CWO4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
W-5
W-5 rank insignia graphic
CWO5
Chief Warrant Officer 5
O-1
Ensign rank insignia graphic
2dLt
Second Lieutenant
O-2
First Lieutenant rank insignia graphic
1stLt
First Lieutenant
O-3
Captain military rank insignia graphic
Capt
Captain
O-4
Major military rank insignia graphic
Maj
Major
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel military rank insignia graphic
LtCol
Lieutenant Colonel
O-6
Colonel military rank insignia graphic
Col
Colonel
O-7
Brigadier General military rank insignia graphic
BGen
Brigadier General
O-8
Major General military rank insignia graphic
MajGen
Major General
O-9
Lieutenant General military rank insignia graphic
LtGen
Lieutenant General
O-10
USMC General military rank insignia graphic
Gen
General


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