U.S. Military Ranks

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
Source: U.S. Department of Defense.
Army and Marine CorpsNavy and Coast Guard1Air ForceTotal
Commissioned Officers   
0-1Second LieutenantEnsignSecond Lieutenant24,579
0-2First LieutenantLieutenant Junior GradeFirst Lieutenant28,002
0-4MajorLieutenant CommanderMajor45,168
0-5Lieutenant ColonelCommanderLieutenant Colonel28,148
0-7Brigadier GeneralRear AdmiralBrigadier General444
0-8Major GeneralRear AdmiralMajor General285
0-9Lieutenant GeneralVice AdmiralLieutenant General132
Special Grades3   
(5 stars)General of the ArmyFleet AdmiralGeneral of the Air Force 
Warrant Officers   
W-1Warrant Officer2,935
W-2–W-5Chief Warrant OfficerChief Warrant Officer413,450
Enlisted Personnel   
E-1PrivateSeaman RecruitRecruit53,586
E-2Army Private/
Marine Private First Class
Seaman ApprenticeAirman80,531
E-3Army Private First Class/
Marine Lance Corporal
SeamanAirman First Class185,923
E-4CorporalPetty Officer, Third ClassSenior Airman261,890
E-5SergeantPetty Officer, Second ClassStaff Sergeant248,805
E-6Staff SergeantPetty Officer, First ClassTechnical Sergeant175,234
E-7Army Sergeant First Class
Marine Gunnery Sergeant
Chief Petty OfficerMaster Sergeant96,956
E-8Master SergeantSenior Chief Petty OfficerSenior Master Sergeant26,912
E-9Sergeant MajorMaster Chief Petty OfficerChief Master Sergeant10,629
Special Grades5   
 Sergeant MajorMaster Chief Petty OfficerChief Master Sergeant 
1. The United States Coast Guard operates within the Department of Homeland Security rather than the Department of Defense.
2. As of June 30, 2006. Excludes Coast Guard.
3. There are no living five-star commissioned officers.
4. Applies only to the Navy, not the Coast Guard.
5. Senior enlisted advisers. There is only one for each branch of service (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy).
Source: U.S. Dept. of Defense, Defense Manpower Data Center.
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