There are so many ranks in the US Army, which can be confusing. In this post, we’ll look at the US Army ranks in their correct order:
- Private: Lowest enlisted rank without any significant responsibility.
- Private Second Class: Soldiers receive this rank after completion of basic training
- Private First Class: Soldiers get to this rank after one year of military service
- Specialist and Corporal: You’ll notice the E4 next to each; this refers to their pay grade. Specialists will be in charge of lower-ranked enlisted soldiers, generally having fewer responsibilities than a corporal.
- Sergeant: This is more of a leadership role. Here, a sergeant.
- Staff Sergeant: This role has similar duties to a regular sergeant, but they’ll generally be in charge of a more significant number of soldiers.
- Sergeant First Class: They generally have 15 to 18 years of military experience.
- Master Sergeant: The principal noncommissioned officer at the Battalion level.
- First Sergeant: The role is generally to discipline and counsel the soldiers in his unit.
- Sergeant Major: The chief administrative assistant for any army headquarters.
- Command Sergeant Major: Is the enlisted advisor to the commanding officer.
- Sergeant Major of the Army: There is only one sergeant major in the entire army. He serves as the senior enlisted advisor and consults the army’s chief of staff.
- Warrant Officer 1. Warrant Officers are the adaptive technical experts, combat leaders, trainers, and advisors.
- Chief Warrant Officer 2
- Chief Warrant Officer 3
- Chief Warrant Officer 4
- Chief Warrant Officer 5
- Second Lieutenant: This is the entry-level rank for most commissioned officers in the army.
- First Lieutenant: Promoted after 18 to 24 months of service.
- Captain: Captains will be in charge of a company.
- Major: They’re field grade officers and will serve as primary staff officers for the Brigade.
- Lieutenant Colonel: At this rank, they’ll be in charge of Battalion sized units.
- Colonel: They usually are put in charge of and command Brigades.
- Brigadier General: They serve as the deputy commander to the commanding General for army divisions.
- Major General: They’ll typically command a division unit.
- Lieutenant General: Their main job typically consists of commanding corps-size units.
- General: At this rank, they command all operations that fall under their geographical area. And finally, you have
- General of the Army. This rank is only used during times of war.
Summary of rank and corresponding grade:
|Private Second Class||PV2||E-2|
|Private First Class||PFC||E-3|
|Sergeant First Class||SFC||E-7|
|Command Sergeant Major||CSM||E-9|
|Sergeant Major of the Army||SMA||Special|
|Warrant Officer 1||WO1||W-1|
|Chief Warrant Officer 2||CW2||W-2|
|Chief Warrant Officer 3||CW3||W-3|
|Chief Warrant Officer 4||CW4||W-4|
|Chief Warrant Officer 5||CW5||W-5|
|General of the Army||GOA||Special|
Note: E = Enlisted, O = Officer. The grades indicate the pay grade and responsibility level associated with each rank.