The United States Air Force is the aerial and space warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces (U.S. Military Forces). It is one of the five branches of the United States Armed Forces, and one of the seven American uniformed services.
See Also: U.S. Air Force Salary By Ranking
U.S. Air Force Ranks – Enlisted and Officer, from Lowest to Highest
An enlisted member enters the Air Force as an Airman Basic. After completing basic training, the enlisted recuits advances to Airman First Class. The next notable advancement is to a Noncommissioned Officer.
The highest rank attainable in the Air Force is the five-star General of the Air Force. In 1944, Congress created the rank General of the Air Force. The only person to hold this rank was Henry H. Arnold.
The table below lists all the standard ranks in the U.S. Air Force and their respective pay grades, insignias, abbreviations, and classifications.
|E-1||No Insignia||Airman Basic||AB||Enlisted Airman|
|E-3||Airman First Class||A1C||Enlisted Airman|
|E-4||Senior Airman||SrA||Enlisted Airman|
|E-5||Staff Sergeant||SSgt||Noncommissioned Officer|
|E-6||Technical Sergeant||TSgt||Noncommissioned Officer|
|E-7||Master Sergeant||MSgt||Noncommissioned Officer|
|E-8||Senior Master Sergeant||SMSgt||Noncommissioned Officer|
|E-9||Chief Master Sergeant||CMSgt||Noncommissioned Officer|
|E-9||Command Chief Master Sergeant||CCM||Noncommissioned Officer|
|E-9||Chief Master Sergeant Of The Air Force||CMSAF||Noncommissioned Officer (Special)|
|O-1||Second Lieutenant||2d Lt||Commissioned Officer|
|O-2||First Lieutenant||1st L||Commissioned Officer|
|O-5||Lieutenant Colonel||Lt Co||Field Officer|
|O-7||Brigadier General||Brig||General Officer|
|O-8||Major General||Maj G||General Officer|
|O-9||Lieutenant General||Lt Ge||General Officer|
|O-10||General of the Air Force||GAF||General Officer|