Ranks And Class: Quick List Guide

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    USAF/USArmy/USMC officer corps, lowest to highest ranking:
    O1-Second Lieutenant (2Lt)
    O2-First Lieutenant (1Lt)
    O3-Captain (Capt)
    O4-Major (Maj)
    O5-Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col)
    O6-Colonel (Col)
    O7-Brigadier General (Brig. Gen.)
    O8-Major General (Maj. Gen)
    O9-Lieutenant General (Lt. Gen.)
    O10-General (Gen)
    O11-General of the [Air Force/Army] (War time use only, commonly known as a "Five star")

    USNavy officer corps:
    O1-Ensign (ENS)
    O2-Lieutenant, Junior Grade (LTJG, sometimes refferred to as a 'Jig')
    O3-Lieutenant (LT)
    O4-Lieutenant Commander (LTCDR)
    O5-Commander (CDR)
    O6-Captain (CPT)
    O7-Rear Admiral (Lower half) (RDML)
    O8-Rear Admiral (Upper half) (RADM)
    O9-Vice Admiral (VADM)
    O10-Admiral (ADM)
    O11-Fleet Admiral (FADM)


    E1 - Airman Basic (AB)
    E2 - Airman (AMN)
    E3 - Airman First Class (A1C)
    E4 - Senior Airman (SrA)
    E5 - Staff Sergeant (SSgt)
    E6 - Technical Sergeant (TSgt) (often shortened to "Tech Sergeant")
    E7 - Master Sergeant (MSgt)
    E8 - Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt)
    E9 - Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt)

    In the Air Force, E1-E4 can be addressed as "Airman," and E5-E8 can be addressed as "Sergeant." Master Sergeants (E7) usually get their full rank, and E8's are usually addressed as "Senior," while E9's get their full rank or "Chief."


    E1 - Private (PV1)
    E2 - Private (PV2)
    E3 - Private First Class (PFC)
    E4 - Specialist (SPC)/Corporal (CPL)
    E5 - Sergeant (SGT)
    E6 - Staff Sergeant (SSG)
    E7 - Sergeant First Class(SFC)
    E8 - Master Sergeant (MSG)/First Sergeant (1SG)
    E9 - Sergeant Major (SGM)


    E1 - Private (PV1)
    E2 - Private First Class (PFC)
    E3 - Lance Corporal (LCpl)
    E4 - Corporal (Cpl)
    E5 - Sergeant (Sgt)
    E6 - Staff Sergeant (SSgt)
    E7 - Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt)
    E8 - Master Sergeant (MSgt)/First Sergeant (1stSgt)
    E9 - Master Gunner Sergeant (MGySgt)/Sergeant Major (SgtMaj)

    NOTE: Gunnery Sergeants and Master Gunnery Sergeants are often referred to as "Gunney" and "Master Gunns," respectively.


    E1 - Seaman Recruit (SR)
    E2 - Seaman Apprentice (SA)
    E3 - Seaman (SN)
    E4 - Petty Officer Third Class (PO3)
    E5 - Petty Officer Second Class (PO2)
    E6 - Petty Officer First Class (PO1)
    E7 - Chief Petty Officer (CPO)
    E8 - Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO)
    E9 - Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO)

    Warrant Officers: USArmy

    W1 - Warrant Officer One (WO1)
    W2 - Chief Warrant Officer Two (CW2)
    W3 - Chief Warrant Officer Three (CW3)
    W4 - Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4)
    W5 - Master Chief Warrant Officer (CW5)

    Warrant Officers: USNavy

    W1 - Warrant Officer One (WO1)
    W2 - Chief Warrant Officer Two (CWO2)
    W3 - Chief Warrant Officer Three (CWO3)
    W4 - Chief Warrant Officer Four (CWO4)

    Warrant Officers: USMC

    W1 - Warrant Officer One (WO-1)
    W2 - Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW-2)
    W3 - Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CWO-3)
    W4 - Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO-4)
    W5 - Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CWO-5)

    NOTE: All Warrant Officers, regardless of gender, are addressed as "Mister."


    Knight (Dame)
    Baronet (Baronetess)
    Baron (Baroness)
    Viscount (Viscontess)
    Earle/Count (Contess)
    Marquess/Margrave (Marchioness/Margravine)
    Duke (Duchess)
    Prince (Princess)
    Prince-Elector (Electress) [Holy Roman Empire only]
    Grand Duke/Grand Prince (Grand Duchess/Grand Princess)
    Archduke (Archduchess) [Holy Roman Empire only]
    King (Queen)
    Emperor (Empress)

    Note: King/Queen and Emperor/Empress are usually a matter of the size of the nation they rule; While Emperors are more powerful (and therefore preeminent) than Kings, the titles do not typically coexist within a single nation.


    * Ambassador (High Commissioner in Commonwealth missions); Ambassador at large
    * Minister
    * Minister-Counselor
    * Counselor
    * First Secretary
    * Second Secretary
    * Third Secretary
    * Attaché
    * Assistant Attaché

    NOTE BY SLYEN: Might want to make a note on the Army Enlisted. A Corporal is above a Specialist and is considered an NCO. Pretty much he is a temporary leader though, holding the rank until he can be promoted or a new Sergeant takes the position he is filling in for.
    #1 Apocaric, Jun 18, 2011
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