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Coast Guard Rear Admiral

O-8 Flag Officer, U.S. Coast Guard
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O-8 Rear Admiral - U.S. Coast Guard Ranks

Coast Guard Rear Admiral
Coast Guard O-8 Rear Admiral Coast Guard Military Ranks
Class Flag Officer
Abbr. RADM
Title Rear Admiral (last name)
Paygrade O-8 (DoD Paygrade)
OF-7 (NATO Code)
Basic Pay $12,804/mo

Rear Admiral, sometimes referred to as Rear Admiral Upper Half, is a two-star flag officer rank in the U.S. Coast Guard equivalent to the rank of Major General General in the other Armed Forces. Rear Admiral is the highest rank in the Coast Guard maintained during peacetime, as all higher ranks are temporary and linked to a specific position. A Rear Admiral generally commands a fleet of Coast Guard ships and air wings. As a flag officer, a Real Admiral may fly the Rear Admiral's pennant over any ship or base on which he is serving - two white stars on a navy-blue background.

Promotion to Rear Admiral is an extremely selective process, as the Coast Guard can only have a limited number active-duty flag officers at any given time. Eligible candidates, chosen from among the senior commissioned officers, are screened and recommended for promotion by a sitting board of currently active flag officers. This list must be approved by the Secretary of the Navy, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Secretary of Defense before the final choice is made from the list of eligible candidates by the President of the United States.

After nomination by the President, candidates must be approved by the U.S. Senate by majority vote before being approved for promotion upon assumption of their new duties. By tradition, all active flag officers welcome and congratulate newly confirmed flag officers with a personal letter following their promotion.

One-star flag officers generally serve for a tour of three to four years, and a variety of mandates apply to admirals' retirement from the Navy.

  • One-star officers must retire after five years in-grade or 30 years of total service unless reappointed
  • All flag officers must retire one month after their 64th birthday
  • Flag officers can have their retirement deferred to their 66th birthday by the Secretary of Defense, and to their 68th birthday by the President
All flag officers receive their grade permanently, which allows them to retain their paygrade and title after their tour has ended and after retirement. Most admirals retire well before their mandatory retirement date to allow other officers the chance to fill their position.

Rear Admiral is the 24th rank in the United States Coast Guard , ranking above Rear Admiral Lower Half and directly below Vice Admiral. A rear admiral is a Flag Officer at DoD paygrade O-8, with a starting monthly pay of $12,804.

What is the proper way to address a Rear Admiral?

The correct way to address a Rear Admiral named Mr. Johnson is "Rear Admiral Johnson", or written as RADM Johnson. In formal situations, a Rear Admiral should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Rear Admiral earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Rear Admiral with 2 or less years of experience is $12,803.70 per month.

A Rear Admiral receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years. Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Rear Admiral's final compensation package.

In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Coast Guard Rear Admiral may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including housing allowance, clothing allowance, retirement benefits, and more.

For full details on the Coast Guard's Rear Admiral compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2024 Coast Guard Rear Admiral Pay Chart. A full table of the Coast Guard's current paygrades are available at the Coast Guard Pay Chart.

Equivalent Ranks to the Coast Guard's O-8 Rear Admiral

To learn more about the Coast Guard's rank structure, see our complete list of Coast Guard ranks.

The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Rear Admiral is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, see this Coast Guard rank to GS grade conversion table .

To see a list of military medals and decorations that can be earned by servicemembers in the Coast Guard and other branches of the military, see our list of military decorations and medals.