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Updated: 31 Mar 2004

Enlisted Rank Insignia
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Service members in pay grades E-1 through E-3 are usually either in some kind of training status or on their initial assignment. The training includes the basic training phase where recruits are immersed in military culture and values and are taught the core skills required by their service component.

Visit Web Specials on Basic Training: Link: Army/Marines Link: AF/Navy

Basic training is followed by a specialized or advanced training phase that provides recruits with a specific area of expertise or concentration. In the Army and Marines, this area is called a military occupational specialty; in the Navy it is known as a rate; and in the Air Force it is simply called an Air Force specialty.

ARMY — * For rank and precedence within the Army, specialist ranks immediately below corporal. Among the services, however, rank and precedence are determined by pay grade.

NAVY/COAST GUARD — *A specialty mark in the center of a rating badge indicates the wearer's particular rating. ** Gold stripes indicate 12 or more years of good conduct. *** 1. Master chief petty officer of the Navy and fleet and force master chief petty officers. 2. Command master chief petty officers wear silver stars. 3. Master chief petty officers wear silver stars and silver specialty rating marks. TOP

Army title Navy title Marine Corps title Air Force title
Coast Guard title

The U.S. Coast Guard is a part of the Department of Transportation in peacetime and the Navy in times of war. Coast Guard rank insignia are the same as the Navy except for color and the seaman recruit rank, which has one stripe.

E1 Private Seaman Recruit (SR) Private Airman Basic
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E2
Private E-2
(PV2)



Army Private E2

Seaman Apprentice
(SA)


Navy/Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice E2

Private First Class
(PFC)


Marine Private 1st Class E2

Airman

(Amn)

Air Force Airman E2
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E3
Private First Class

(PFC)

Army Private 1st Class E3

Seaman (SN)



Navy/Coast Guard Seaman E3

Lance Corporal
(LCpl)


Marine Lance Corporal E3

Airman First Class
(A1C)

Air Force Airman 1st Class E3
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E4
Corporal
(CPL)

Army Corporal E4

Specialist
(SPC)

Army Specialist E4

Petty Officer
Third Class(PO3) **


Navy/Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class E4

Corporal
(Cpl)

Marine Corporal E4

Senior Airman
(SrA)


Air Force Senior Airman E4
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  Leadership responsibility significantly increases in the mid-level enlisted ranks. This responsibility is given formal recognition by use of the terms noncommissioned officer and petty officer. An Army sergeant, an Air Force staff sergeant, and a Marine corporal are considered NCO ranks. The Navy NCO equivalent, petty officer, is achieved at the rank of petty officer third class. TOP
Army title Navy title
Marine Corps title Air Force title
Coast Guard title
E5
Sergeant
(SGT)

Army Sergeant E5
Petty Officer
Second Class
(PO2) **

Navy/CoastGuard Petty Officer 2nd Class E5
Sergeant
(Sgt)

Marine Sergeant E5 Sergeant

Staff Sergeant
(SSgt)


Air Force Staff Sergeant E5
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E6
Staff Sergeant
(SSG)

Army Staff Sergeant E6

Petty Officer
First Class
(PO1) **

Navy/CoastGuard Petty Officer 1st Class E6
Staff Sergeant
(SSgt)

Marine Sergeant E6 Staff Sergeant
Technical Sergeant
(TSgt)



Air Force E6 Technical Sergeant
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E7
Sergeant First Class
(SFC)

Army Sergeant 1st Class E7

Chief Petty Officer
(CPO) **

Navy/CoastGuard Chief Petty Officer E7

Gunnery Sergeant
(GySgt)

Marine Sergeant E7 Gunnery Sergeant

Master Sergeant
(MSgt)


Air Force E7 Master Sergeant

First Sergeant




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At the E-8 level, the Army, Marines and Air Force have two positions at the same pay grade. Whether one is, for example, a senior master sergeant or a first sergeant in the Air Force depends on the person's job. The same is true for the positions at the E-9 level. Marine Corps master gunnery sergeants and sergeants major receive the same pay but have different responsibilities. All told, E-8s and E-9s have 15 to 30 years on the job, and are commanders' senior advisers for enlisted matters.

A third E-9 element is the senior enlisted person of each service. The sergeant major of the Army, the sergeant major of the Marine Corps, the master chief petty officer of the Navy and the chief master sergeant of the Air Force are the spokespersons of the enlisted force at the highest levels of their services. TOP

Army title Navy title Marine Corps title Air Force title
Coast Guard title
E8 Master
Sergeant
(MSG)

Army Master Sergeant E8
First
Sergeant
(1SG)

Army First Sergeant E8
Senior Chief Petty Officer
(SCPO) **


Navy/CoastGuard Senior Chief Petty Officer E8
Master Sergeant
(MSgt)


Marine Sergeant E8 Master Sergeant

First Sergeant





Senior
Master Sergeant
(SMSgt)

Air Force Senior Master Sergeant E8
First Sergeant





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E9
Sergeant Major
(SGM)




Army Sergeant Major E9


Command
Sergeant Major
(CSM)



Army Command Sergeant Major E9

Master Chief
Petty Officer

(MCPO)
**
***


Navy/CoastGuard Master Chief Petty Officer E9

Fleet/Command
Master
Chief Petty
Officer
**
***


Navy/CoastGuard Fleet/Command Master Chief Petty Officer E9

Sergeant Major
(SgtMaj)




Marine Sergeant E9 Sergeant Major

Master Gunnery
Sergeant (MGySgt)




Marine Sergeant E9 Master Gunnery Sergeant

Chief Master
Sergeant
(CMSgt)





First Sergeant




Command

Chief Master
Sergeant
(CCM)




Air Force Chief Master Sergeant E9

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E9
Sergeant Major
of the
Army

(SMA)


Army Sergeant Major of the Army E9


Master Chief
Petty Officer
of the
Navy
(MCPON)

and
Coast Guard
(MCPOCG)

Navy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy E9
**
***


Sergeant Major
of the
Marine Corps

(SgtMajMC)


Marine Sergeant E9 Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

 


Chief Master
Sergeant of the Air Force

(CMSAF)


Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force E9


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