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List of Military Ranks United States Marine Corps Ranks (Ordered By Seniority)

E-1Marine Corps PrivatePrivatePvtJunior Enlisted
E-2Marine Corps Private First ClassPrivate First ClassPFCJunior Enlisted
E-3Marine Corps Lance CorporalLance CorporalLCplJunior Enlisted
E-4Marine Corps CorporalCorporalCplNoncommissioned Officer
E-5Marine Corps SergeantSergeantSgtNoncommissioned Officer
E-6Marine Corps Staff SergeantStaff SergeantSSgtStaff Noncommissioned Officer
E-7Marine Corps Gunnery SergeantGunnery SergeantGySgtStaff Noncommissioned Officer
E-8Marine Corps Master SergeantMaster SergeantMSgtStaff Noncommissioned Officer
E-8Marine Corps First SergeantFirst Sergeant1stSgSenior Enlisted Advisor
E-9Marine Corps Master Gunnery SergeantMaster Gunnery SergeantMGySgStaff Noncommissioned Officer
E-9Marine Corps Sergeant MajorSergeant MajorSgtMaSenior Enlisted Advisor
E-9Marine Corps Sergeant Major Of The Marine CorpsSergeant Major Of The Marine CorpssgtMaSenior Enlisted Advisor
W-1Marine Corps Warrant Officer 1Warrant Officer 1WO1Warrant Officer
W-2Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 2Chief Warrant Officer 2CW2Warrant Officer
W-3Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3Chief Warrant Officer 3CW3Warrant Officer
W-4Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4Chief Warrant Officer 4CW4Warrant Officer
W-5Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 5Chief Warrant Officer 5CW5Warrant Officer
O-1Marine Corps Second LieutenantSecond Lieutenant2ndLtCommissioned Officer
O-2Marine Corps First LieutenantFirst Lieutenant1stLtCommissioned Officer
O-3Marine Corps CaptainCaptainCaptCommissioned Officer
O-4Marine Corps MajorMajorMajField Officer
O-5Marine Corps Lieutenant ColonelLieutenant ColonelLtColField Officer
O-6Marine Corps ColonelColonelColField Officer
O-7Marine Corps Brigadier GeneralBrigadier GeneralBGenGeneral Officer
O-8Marine Corps Major GeneralMajor GeneralMajGenGeneral Officer
O-9Marine Corps Lieutenant GeneralLieutenant GeneralLtGenGeneral Officer
O-10Marine Corps GeneralGeneralGenGeneral Officer

United States Marine Corps Ranks In Order

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

The United States Marine Corps has twenty seven grades of enlisted marines and officers, with most marines enlisting at the entry-level rank of Private (Pvt, paygrade E-1). The highest rank achievable in the Marine Corps is General.

Click any rank for detailed rank information including duties and responsibilities, promotion information, salary, and more.

Structure of the Marine Corps

All Marines are given baseline training as Infantry, trained in the face-to-face combat prowess of hardened Army Soldiers. Even Pilots and JAGs are capable of serving in Infantry units! The Marines are also proudly the most strict among the uniformed services. There is a friendly rivalry between the Army and Marines, but never refer to a Marine as a Soldier. The Marines are also somewhat contempt about being part of the Department of the Navy, receiving only a small fraction of the Navy's budget for their equipment and operations.

History of the Marine Corps

As far back as the Revolutionary War, Marines were known as Naval Infantry, and were assigned to ships to repel boarders, assault land-based targets, and discipline unruly Sailors. In WWI and WWII, Marines very successfully augmented Army units in war theaters throughout the world, with their most brutal and historic fighting on islands in the Pacific. In contrast with the Army, the Marines were not originally made to be self-sufficient to fight land wars for long periods of time. Doctors, Chaplains, and Medics who deploy with Marines are all Navy Sailors.

Military Discounts & Benefits for Marines:

In addition to basic pay and allowances, active-duty marines, veterans, and even their families are eligible for hundreds of discounts and additional benefits offered by organizations and private companies like JetBlue , United Airlines , Verizon , and hundreds more.

Learn more about Military Discounts