The United States Army (USA) is the land warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States, and is designated as the Army of the United States in the United States Constitution, Article 2, Section 2, Clause 1] and United States Code, Title 10, Subtitle B, Chapter 301, Section 3001].
U.S. Army Ranks And Symbols – Enlisted and Officer, from Lowest to Highest
An enlisted member enters the Army as a Private. After completing basic training, the enlisted recuits advances to Private First Class. The next notable advancement is to a Noncommissioned Officer.
See Also: U.S. Navy Ranks And Symbols
The highest rank attainable in the U.S. Army is the five-star General of the Army. Often called a “five-star general”, the rank of General of the Army has historically been reserved for wartime use and is not currently active in the U.S. Army.
The table below lists all the standard ranks in the U.S. Army and their respective pay grades, insignias, abbreviations, and classifications.
|E-1||No Insignia||Private||PVT||Enlisted Soldier|
|E-2||Private Second Class||PV2||Enlisted Soldier|
|E-3||Private First Class||PFC||Enlisted Soldier|
|E-6||Staff Sergeant||SSG||Noncommissioned Officer|
|E-7||Sergeant First Class||SFC||Noncommissioned Officer|
|E-8||Master Sergeant||MSG||Noncommissioned Officer|
|E-8||First Sergeant||1SG||Noncommissioned Officer|
|E-9||Sergeant Major||SGM||Noncommissioned Officer|
|E-9||Command Sergeant Major||CSM||Noncommissioned Officer|
|E-9||Sergeant Major of the Army||SMA||Noncommissioned Officer (Special)|
|W-1||Warrant Officer 1||WO1||Warrant Officer|
|W-2||Chief Warrant Officer 2||CW2||Warrant Officer|
|W-3||Chief Warrant Officer 3||CW3||Warrant Officer|
|W-4||Chief Warrant Officer 4||CW4||Warrant Officer|
|W-5||Chief Warrant Officer 5||CW5||Warrant Officer|
|O-1||Second Lieutenant||2LT||Commissioned Officer|
|O-2||First Lieutenant||1LT||Commissioned Officer|
|O-5||Lieutenant Colonel||LTC||Field Officer|
|O-7||Brigadier General||BG||General Officer|
|O-8||Major General||MG||General Officer|
|O-9||Lieutenant General||LTG||General Officer|
|O-10||General of the Army||GA||General Officer|