United States Military: Ranks in the American Military (Army, Navy & Air-force)

The United States of America military is one of the top world’s strongest military power in the world. With about 1.5 million able-bodied officers/personnel (male and female) scattered around her Army, Navy and Air force and with weaponry of high tech grade, the American military is highly respected. The ranks in the US military follows a strict structure from the lowest to the highest rank.


We listed the American military ranks and the total number of officers in each ranks from the Army and Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard and even the American Air force. Most countries also adopt the U.S military ranking system because of its strict nature and the respect accorded to each rank. The salary scale of the American military with all allowances included also differs from each rank

The information below according to Infoplease provides the current available ranks and structure of the four major American military branches of service from the commissioned officers to the special grades with their total number.

 Table showing the different ranks in the U.S Military (Army, Air force & Navy)

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
 Those are the official ranks currently in the American Military system and the number of eligible officers within the U.S military. Note that the salary that an officer in the US army, navy, airforce earns is according to his or her rank.


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