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.
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.
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Petty Officer 3rd Class
Petty Officer 2nd Class
Petty Officer 1st Class
Chief Petty Officer
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Master Chief Petty Officer
Fleet / Commander Master Chief Petty Officer
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Chief Warrant Officer 4
Chief Warrant Officer 5
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Rear Admiral (Lower Half)
Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
Admiral Chief of Naval Operations / Commandant of the Coast Guard