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List of Military Ranks United States Army Ranks (Ordered By Seniority)

E-1Army PrivatePrivatePVTEnlisted Soldier
E-2Army Private Second ClassPrivate Second ClassPV2Enlisted Soldier
E-3Army Private First ClassPrivate First ClassPFCEnlisted Soldier
E-4Army SpecialistSpecialistSPCEnlisted Soldier
E-4Army CorporalCorporalCPLNoncommissioned Officer
E-5Army SergeantSergeantSGTNoncommissioned Officer
E-6Army Staff SergeantStaff SergeantSSGNoncommissioned Officer
E-7Army Sergeant First ClassSergeant First ClassSFCNoncommissioned Officer
E-8Army Master SergeantMaster SergeantMSGNoncommissioned Officer
E-8Army First SergeantFirst Sergeant1SGNoncommissioned Officer
E-9Army Sergeant MajorSergeant MajorSGMNoncommissioned Officer
E-9Army Command Sergeant MajorCommand Sergeant MajorCSMNoncommissioned Officer
E-9Army Sergeant Major of the ArmySergeant Major of the ArmySMANoncommissioned Officer (Special)
W-1Army Warrant Officer 1Warrant Officer 1WO1Warrant Officer
W-2Army Chief Warrant Officer 2Chief Warrant Officer 2CW2Warrant Officer
W-3Army Chief Warrant Officer 3Chief Warrant Officer 3CW3Warrant Officer
W-4Army Chief Warrant Officer 4Chief Warrant Officer 4CW4Warrant Officer
W-5Army Chief Warrant Officer 5Chief Warrant Officer 5CW5Warrant Officer
O-1Army Second LieutenantSecond Lieutenant2LTCommissioned Officer
O-2Army First LieutenantFirst Lieutenant1LTCommissioned Officer
O-3Army CaptainCaptainCPTCommissioned Officer
O-4Army MajorMajorMAJField Officer
O-5Army Lieutenant ColonelLieutenant ColonelLTCField Officer
O-6Army ColonelColonelCOLField Officer
O-7Army Brigadier GeneralBrigadier GeneralBGGeneral Officer
O-8Army Major GeneralMajor GeneralMGGeneral Officer
O-9Army Lieutenant GeneralLieutenant GeneralLTGGeneral Officer
O-10Army GeneralGeneralGENGeneral Officer
O-10Army General of the ArmyGeneral of the ArmyGAGeneral Officer

United States Army Ranks In Order

This table of the United States Army ranks from lowest to highest shows the Army's rank structure from lowest to highest including rank insignia, abbreviation, and rank classification.

The United States Army has twenty nine grades of enlisted soldiers and officers, with most soldiers enlisting at the entry-level rank of Private (PVT, paygrade E-1). The highest rank achievable in the Army is General of the Army.

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Structure of the Army

Infantry units are the primary forces that fight face-to-face with the enemy, with Ranger, Airborne, and other Special Forces units proving as some of the most effective combat units in history. "Cavalry" once referred to troops on horseback, but now is interchangeable with "Armor" (tanks). Field Artillery has always been cannons and other large guns—technology has evolved, but heritage has stayed largely the same. The Army prides itself on being adaptable to all types of conflicts, large and small, conventional and irregular. They typically have far longer deployments than anyone else in the military. No matter their occupational specialty, all Soldiers are capable of facing the enemy in combat, are proud of their individual and team strength, and are proud of the expertise they earn over the course of their career.

History of the Army

The Army is the oldest and most senior among the branches. The Army's heritage is traced back to the Revolutionary War, when each State of the Union had its own Army, lended to the command of General George Washington. Almost 250 years have passed, but the organizational structure and naming is largely the same. The Army is still divided into Divisions, Brigades, Regiments, Battalions, Companies, and Platoons.

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