Officer Ranks

Officer Ranks

Officer ranks in the United States military consist of commissioned officers and warrant officers. The commissioned ranks are the highest in the military. These officers hold presidential commissions and are confirmed at their ranks by the Senate. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps officers are called company grade officers in the pay grades of O-1 to O-3, field grade officers in pay grades O-4 to O-6 and general officers in pay grades O-7 and higher. The equivalent officer groupings in the Navy are called junior grade, mid-grade and flag.

Warrant officers hold warrants from their service secretary and are specialists and experts in certain military technologies or capabilities. The lowest ranking warrant officers serve under a warrant, but they receive commissions from the president upon promotion to chief warrant officer 2. These commissioned warrant officers are direct representatives of the president of the United States. They derive their authority from the same source as commissioned officers but remain specialists, in contrast to commissioned officers, who are generalists. There are no warrant officers in the Air Force.

Naval and Coast Guard officers wear distinctively different rank devices depending upon the uniform they're wearing. The three basic uniforms and rank devices used are: khakis, collar insignia pins; whites, stripes on shoulder boards; and blues, stripes sewn on the lower coat sleeves.

ARMY

NAVY

MARINES

AIR FORCE

COAST GUARD

     

U.S. Army Warrant Officer 1

The grade of Warrant Officer W-1 is no longer in use

U.S. Marine Corps Warrant Officer 1

NO WARRANT

The grade of Warrant Officer W-1 is no longer in use

 

 

 

Warrant Officer 1

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2

U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer 2

U.S. Marine Corps Warrant Officer 2

NO WARRANT

U.S. Navy/Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2

 

 

 

Chief Warrant Officer 2

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3

Navy/Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3

Marine Corps Warrant Officer 3

NO WARRANT

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Warrant Officer 3

 

 

 

 

 

Army Chief Warrant Officer 4

U.S. Navy/Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4

U.S. Marine Corps Warrant Officer 4

NO WARRANT

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Warrant Officer 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5

NO WARRANT

U.S. Marine Corps Warrant Officer 5

NO WARRANT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Warrant Officer 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Army Officer Second LT

Navy Ensign - O1

U.S. Army Officer Second LT

U.S. Army Officer Second LT

Coast Guard  Ensign - O1

Second
Lieutenant

Ensign

Second
Lieutenant

Second
Lieutenant

Ensign

O-1

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Army Officer First LT

U.S. Navy/CoastGuard Officer Lieutenant Junior Grade

U.S. Army Officer First LT

U.S. Army Officer First LT

U.S. Coast Guard Officer Lieutenant Junior Grade

First
Lieutenant

Lieutenant
Jr. Grade

First
Lieutenant

First
Lieutenant

Lieutenant
Jr. Grade

O-2

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Army Officer Captain

U.S. Navy/CoastGuard Officer Lieutenant

U.S. Army Officer Captain

U.S. Army Officer Captain

U.S. Coast Guard Officer Lieutenant

Captain

Lieutenant

Captain

Captain

Lieutenant

O-3

 

 

 

 

 

Army Officer Major

Navy/CoastGuard Officer Lieutenant Commander

Army Officer Major

Army Officer Major

Coast Guard Officer Lieutenant Commander

Major

Lieutenant
Commander

Major

Major

Lieutenant
Commander

O-4

 

 

 

 

 

Army Officer LT Colonel

Navy/CoastGuard Officer Commander

Army Officer LT Colonel

Army Officer LT Colonel

Coast Guard Officer Commander

Lieutenant
Colonel

Commander

Lieutenant
Colonel

Lieutenant
Colonel

Commander

O-5

 

 

 

 

 

Army Officer Colonel

Navy/CoastGuard Officer Captain

Army Officer Colonel

Army Officer Colonel

Coast Guard Officer Captain

Colonel

Captain

Colonel

Colonel

Captain

O-6

 

 

 

 

 

Army Officer Brigadier General

Navy/CoastGuard Officer Rear Admiral Lower Half

Army Officer Brigadier General

Army Officer Brigadier General

Coast Guard Officer Rear Admiral Lower Half

Brigadier
General

Commodore

Brigadier
General

Brigadier
General

Commodore

O-7

 

 

 

 

 

Army Officer Major General

Navy/CoastGuard Officer Rear Admiral Upper Half

Army Officer Major General

Army Officer Major General

Coast Guard Officer Rear Admiral Upper Half

Major
General

Rear
Admiral

Major
General

Major
General

Rear
Admiral

O-8

 

 

 

 

 

Army Officer LT General

Navy/CoastGuard Officer Vice Admiral

Army Officer LT General

Army Officer LT General

Coast Guard Officer Vice Admiral

Lieutenant
General

Vice
Admiral

Lieutenant
General

Lieutenant
General

Vice
Admiral

O-9

 

 

 

 

 

Army Officer General

Navy/CoastGuard Officer Admiral

Army Officer General

Army Officer General

Coast Guard Officer Admiral

General

Admiral

General

General

Admiral

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Army Chief
of Staff

Chief of
Naval Operations

Commandant
of the
Marine Corps

Air Force
Chief of Staff

Commandant
of the
Coast Guard

O-10

 

 

 

 

 

General of the Army

Fleet Admiral

 

General of the Air Force

 

General
of the
Army

Fleet
Admiral

 

General
of the
Air Force

 

SPECIAL ( Only in time of war.)