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The United States Coast Guard is charged with a variety of tasks - from interception and search and rescue to maritime enforcement and patrol.



The USCG operates under the banner of the Department of Homeland Security in times of peace. During wartime, by order of the President, the USCG falls under management of the United States Navy (USN) and, as such, has ranks (or 'rates') that follow very much in line with those as offered by the USN (with the exception of the 'Seaman' recruit rank and some insignia colors). Women first made their mark in the USCG in the 1830s and USCG members were active participants (and award recipients) during the famous D-Day landings at Normandy, France on June 6th, 1944. Today, the USCG operates small- and medium-class surface ships, rescue helicopters, fixed-wing surveillance aircraft and several UAVs.

USCG Ranks Ordered Lowest-to-Highest


Grade
Insg.
Abbrv
Title
E-1
E1 rank insignia graphic
SR
Seaman Recuit
E-2
E2 rank insignia graphic
SA
Seaman Apprentice
E-2
E2 rank insignia graphic
FA
Fireman Apprentice
E-2
E2 rank insignia graphic
AA
Airman Apprentice
E-3
E3 rank insignia graphic
SN
Seaman
E-3
E3 rank insignia graphic
FN
Fireman
E-3
E3 rank insignia graphic
AN
Airman
E-4
E4 rank insignia graphic
PO3
Petty Officer 3rd Class
E-5
E5 rank insignia graphic
PO2
Petty Officer 2nd Class
E-6
E6 rank insignia graphic
PO1
Petty Officer 1st Class
E-7
E7 rank insignia graphic
CPO
Chief Petty Officer
E-8
E8 rank insignia graphic
SCPO
Senior Chief Petty Officer
E-9
E9 rank insignia graphic
MCPO
Master Chief Petty Officer
E-9
E9 rank insignia graphic
CMC
Command Master Chief Petty Officer
E-9
E9 rank insignia graphic
MCPOCG
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
W-2
W-2 rank insignia graphic
W-2
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
ENS
Ensign
O-2
First Lieutenant rank insignia graphic
LTJG
Lieutenant Junior Grade
O-3
Captain military rank insignia graphic
LT
Lieutenant
O-4
Major military rank insignia graphic
LCDR
Lieutenant Commander
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel military rank insignia graphic
CDR
Commander
O-6
Colonel military rank insignia graphic
CAPT
Captain
O-7
Brigadier General military rank insignia graphic
RDML
Rear Admiral (Lower Half)
O-8
Major General military rank insignia graphic
RADM
Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
O-9
Lieutenant General military rank insignia graphic
VADM
Vice Admiral
O-10
General Air Force Chief of Staff military rank insignia graphic
ADM
Admiral Chief of Naval Operations / Commandant of the Coast Guard


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