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Coast Guard Ranks (Enlisted and Officers, Lowest to Highest)


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

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) was born on August 4th, 1790 as what was then known as the 'Revenue Marine' and, later, the 'Revenue Cutter Service'. Its duties have always involved policing American waters in an effort to curtail various smuggling operations into and out of the United States as well as enforcing maritime laws while protecting vital regions. At the time of its inception, the USCG stood as the only armed surface fleet in service with America (the Navy Department was not formed until 1798). It was not until 1915 that the Revenue Cutter Service and the Life-Saving Service were melded together to become the 'United States Coast Guard' that we know today.


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.


Grade
Insignia
Abbrv
Title
E-1
E1 rank insignia
SR
Seaman Recruit
E-2
E2a rank insignia
SA
Seaman Apprentice
E-2
E2b rank insignia
FA
Fireman Apprentice
E-2
E2c rank insignia
AA
Airman Apprentice
E-3
E3a rank insignia
SN
Seaman
E-3
E3b rank insignia
FN
Fireman
E-3
E3c rank insignia
AN
Airman
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
E9b rank insignia
CMC
Command Master Chief Petty Officer
E-9
E10 rank insignia
MCPOCG
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard




W-2
CWO2 rank insignia
W-2
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
Major rank insignia
LCDR
Lieutenant Commander
O-5
Lt Colonel rank insignia
CDR
Commander
O-6
Colonel rank insignia
CAPT
Captain
O-7
Brig General rank insignia
RDML
Rear Admiral (Lower Half)
O-8
Major General rank insignia
RADM
Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
O-9
Lt General rank insignia
VADM
Vice Admiral
O-10
General 4-star rank insignia
ADM
Admiral Chief of Naval Operations / Commandant of the Coast Guard