The United States Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the U.S. military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission (with jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters) and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its mission set.
It is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the country’s seven uniformed services.
See Also: U.S. Coast Guard Salary By Ranking
U.S. Coast Guard Ranks – Enlisted and Officer, from Lowest to Highest
An enlisted member enters the Coast Guard as a Seaman Recruit. After completing basic training, the enlisted recuits advances to Seaman. The next two notable advancements are the advancement to a Petty Officer and then to a Chief Petty Officer.
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The table below lists all the standard ranks in the U.S. Coast Guard and their respective pay grades, insignias, abbreviations, and classifications.
|E-1||No Insignia||Seaman Recruit||SR||Seaman|
|E-4||Petty Officer Third Class||PO3||Petty Officer|
|E-5||Petty Officer Second Class||PO2||Petty Officer|
|E-6||Petty Officer First Class||PO1||Petty Officer|
|E-7||Chief Petty Officer||CPO||Chief Petty Officer|
|E-8||Senior Chief Petty Officer||SCPO||Chief Petty Officer|
|E-9||Master Chief Petty Officer||MCPO||Chief Petty Officer|
|E-9||Command Master Chief Petty Officer||CMC||Chief Petty Officer|
|E-9||Master Chief Petty Officer Of The Coast Guard||MCPOC||Chief Petty Officer (Special)|
|W-2||Chief Warrant Officer 2||CWO-2||Chief Warrant Officer|
|W-3||Chief Warrant Officer 3||CWO-3||Chief Warrant Officer|
|W-4||Chief Warrant Officer 4||CWO-4||Chief Warrant Officer|
|O-2||Lieutenant Junior Grade||LTJG||Junior Officer|
|O-4||Lieutenant Commander||LCDR||Junior Officer|
|O-7||Rear Admiral Lower Half||DRML||Flag Officer|
|O-8||Rear Admiral||RADM||Flag Officer|
|O-9||Vice Admiral||VADM||Flag Officer|