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Wikipedia: Comparative military ranks
Comparative military ranks
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Rank is a system of categorizing the hierarchy of an armed force. See military rank for details on the history of the rank system.

British, US, German and Argentine (Naval) officer ranks

British ArmyUS Army, USAF & USMCRoyal NavyUS NavyRAFWehrmachtBundeswehr or LuftwaffeBundesmarineArmada Argentina (Argentine Navy)
Field MarshalGeneral of the Army
General of the Air Force
no USMC equiv
Admiral of the FleetFleet Admiral (FADM)Marshal of the Royal Air ForceGeneralfeldmarschall  
GeneralGeneralAdmiralAdmiral (ADM)Air Chief MarshalGeneraloberst GeneralAdmiralAlmirante (AL)
Lieutenant GeneralLieutenant GeneralVice AdmiralVice Admiral (VADM)Air MarshalGeneral der Infanterie (Art., Pz.Tr., etc.)GeneralleutnantVizeadmiralVicealmirante (VL)
Major GeneralMajor GeneralRear AdmiralRear Admiral (RADM)Air Vice-MarshalGeneralleutnantGeneralmajorKonteradmiral Contraalmirante (CL)
BrigadierBrigadier GeneralCommodoreRear Admiral (RDML)Air CommodoreGeneralmajorBrigadegeneralFlottillenadmiral
ColonelColonelCaptainCaptain (CAPT)Group CaptainOberstOberstKapitän zur See Capitán de Navío (CN)
Lieutenant ColonelLieutenant ColonelCommanderCommander (CDR)Wing CommanderOberstleutnantOberstleutnantFregattenkapitänCapitán de Fragata (CF)
MajorMajorLieutenant-CommanderLieutenant Commander (LCDR)Squadron LeaderMajorMajorKorvettenkapitänCapitán de Corbeta (CC)

CaptainCaptainLieutenantLieutenant (LT)Flight LieutenantHauptmannHauptmannKapitänleutnantTeniente de Navío (TN)
LieutenantFirst LieutenantSub-LieutenantLieutenant, Junior Grade (LT(JG))Flying OfficerOberleutnantOberleutnantOberleutnant zur SeeTeniente de Fragata (TF)
Second LieutenantSecond LieutenantMidshipmanEnsign (ENS)Pilot OfficerLeutnantLeutnantLeutnant zur See Teniente de Corbeta (TC)

CadetOfficer CadetMidshipman Acting Pilot Officer

Guardiamarina (GU)

Certain ranks, such as Fleet Admiral, General of the Army and General of the Air Force in the U.S., as well as Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal and Marshal of the RAF in the U.K., are usually assigned in war-time only.

In the British and Commonwealth Armies, a Brigadier is a Colonel in command of a brigade, who wears the insignia and title of such assignment. In the Royal and Commonwealth Navies, a Commodore is a Captain in command of a naval task group, flotilla or squadron, who wears the insignia and title of such assignment, and flies a broad pennant (as opposed to a flag) from his flagship.

In the Royal and Commonwealth Navies, a Midshipman is junior to an Army 2nd Lieutenant and an RAF Pilot Officer. This is because historically Midshipman was a training rank; nowadays however, officers only join as Midshipman if they are under 20 years of age. Because of the duration of training very few midshipmen reach their commissioning board before automatic promotion so the matter of what type of commission they are serving under is of little consequence.

Not listed are US warrant officers. In accordance with Army Regulation (AR) 135-100, Department of the Army Pamphlet (DA Pam) 600-11 and Army Field Manual (FM) 22-100 (para A-3), a warrant officer is an officer who can and does command, carry out military justice actions and sits both selection and promotion boards. A warrant officer is a single-track specialty officer, initially appointed by the Secretary of the Army, he/she receives a commission upon promotion to Chief Warrant Officer Two (CW2).

In the Argentine Navy (Armada Argentina), the Marine Corps' Officers (Infantería de Marina) use naval Ranks

Enlisted ranks

Bundeswehr (Army)/Luftwaffe (Air Force)Bundesmarine (Navy)

see 1nominally supervisesUS ArmyUSAFUSMCUSNBritish ArmyRoyal MarinesRoyal NavyRAF
E-10the senior enlisted person in each serviceSergeant Major of the ArmyChief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSgtAF)Sergeant Major of the Marine CorpsMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)
E-9Brigade (Army), Wing (USAF), Regiment (USN, USMC) or higherCommand Sergeant Major (CSM)Command Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt)Sergeant Major (SgtMaj)Command Master Chief Petty Officer (CMCPO)Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1)Warrant Officer Class 1Warrant OfficerWarrant Officer
E-9Battalion (Army, USN, USMC), Group (USAF)Sergeant Major (SGM)Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt)Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGySgt)Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO)
E-8Company (Army, USN, USMC), Squadron (USAF)First Sergeant (1SG)Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt)First Sergeant (1st Sgt)Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO)Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2)Warrant Officer Class 2
Master Sergeant (MSG)Master Sergeant (MSgt)Staff Sergeant (SSgt)Colour SergeantChief Petty OfficerFlight Sergeant
E-7Platoon (Army, USN, USMC), Flight (USAF)Sergeant First Class (SFC) or Platoon SergeantMaster Sergeant (MSgt)Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt)Chief Petty Officer (CPO)Sergeant (Sgt)SergeantPetty OfficerSergeant
E-6Squad or SectionStaff Sergeant (SSG)Technical Sergeant (TSgt)Staff Sergeant (SSgt)Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1)Corporal (Cpl)CorporalLeading RateCorporal
E-5FireteamSergeant (SGT)Staff Sergeant (SSgt)Sergeant (Sgt)Petty Officer 2nd Class (PO2)Lance Corporal (LCpl)Lance Corporal
E-4Corporal (CPL) or Specialist Fourth Class (SP4)Senior Airman (SRA)Corporal (Cpl)Petty Officer 3rd Class (PO3)Private (Pte)MarineAble RateSenior Aircraftman
E-3Private First Class (PFC)Airman First Class (A1C)Lance Corporal (LCpl)Seaman (SN)Leading Aircraftman
E-2Private (PV2)Airman (Amn)Private First Class (PFC)Seaman Apprentice (SA)Ordinary RateAircraftman
E-1Private (PV1)Airman Basic (AB)Private (Pvt)Seaman Recruit (SR)

1 Paygrade is used in the US military as to normalize the equivalent enlisted and officer ranks respectively. For example, the base pay of an E-8 is the same in the Air Force and the Army. In theory, those two E-8s will have equivalent levels of seniority and responsibility. When enlisted men from several services are together, the senior enlisted man is responsible for the group.


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