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Navy Ranks (Enlisted and Officers, Lowest to Highest)


The most powerful naval force in the world belongs to the United States Navy with its many ships, submarines, aircraft and fighting men and women.

The United States Navy (USN) was born as the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) and came to existence, in part, through the initiative of John Adams. From its meager beginnings, made up largely of converted merchant vessels, the U.S. Navy has since grown to become the largest sea-going fighting force in the world. It has taken part in all major American conflicts (as well as countless humanitarian efforts) throughout its existence, recording actions in the American Civil War, World War 1, and World War 2.


In the post-World War world, the U.S. Navy remained a critical component during the tumultuous Cold War period (1947-1991) and marked notable service in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and the 1991 Gulf War. More recently, the USN has committed to operations in Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003) following the events of 9/11. U.S. COAST GUARD Ranks are presented as a separate listing here.


NOTE: The Five Star rank is generally reserved for wartime only but is also bestowed as an honorary rank.

Considering a career in the United States Navy? Then also consider United States Navy warships and submarines currently in service and United States Navy aircraft and helicopters currently in use for more information on available equipment.


Grade
Insignia
Abbrv
Title
E-1
NONE
SR
Seaman Recruit
E-2
E2 rank insignia
SA
Seaman Apprentice
E-3
E3 rank insignia
SN
Seaman
E-4
E4 rank insignia
PO3
Petty Officer 3rd Class
E-5
E5 rank insignia
PO2
Petty Officer 2nd Class
E-6
E6 rank insignia
PO1
Petty Officer 1st Class
E-7
E7 rank insignia
CPO
Chief Petty Officer
E-8
E8 rank insignia
SCPO
Senior Chief Petty Officer
E-9
E9a rank insignia
MCPO
Master Chief Petty Officer
E-9
E9c rank insignia
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Fleet / Commander Master Chief Petty Officer
E-9 Special
E9d rank insignia
MCPON
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy




W-2
CWO2 rank insignia
CWO2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
W-3
CWO3 rank insignia
CWO3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
W-4
CWO4 rank insignia
CWO4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
W-5
CWO5 rank insignia
CWO5
Chief Warrant Officer 5
O-1
2LT rank insignia
ENS
Ensign
O-2
1LT rank insignia
LTJG
Lieutenant Junior Grade
O-3
Captain rank insignia
LT
Lieutenant
O-4
Lt Commander rank insignia
LCDR
Lieutenant Commander
O-5
Commander rank insignia
CDR
Commander
O-6
Captain rank insignia
CAPT
Captain
O-7
Rear Admiral rank insignia
RDML
Rear Admiral (Lower Half)
O-8
Rear Admiral rank insignia
RADM
Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
O-9
Lt General rank insignia
VADM
Vice Admiral
O-10
Chief naval operations rank insignia
ADM
Admiral Chief of Naval Operations / Commandant of the Coast Guard
O-11 Special
General 5-star rank insignia
FADM
Fleet Admiral