There are 13 enlisted Army ranks: private, private second class, private first class, specialist, corporal, sergeant, staff sergeant, sergeant first class, master sergeant, first sergeant, sergeant major, command sergeant major and sergeant major of the Army.
There are four classifications of generals: brigadier general (one star), major general (two stars), lieutenant general (three stars) and general (four stars). The ranks correspond to pay grades O-7, O-8, O-9 and O-10.
The highest rank in the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps is General (four star), followed by Lieutenant General (three star), Major General (two star) and Brigadier General (one star). Five men have held the rank of General of the Army (five star), George C. Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D.
No person have ever been awarded or promoted to a seven-star rank, although some commentators might argue that General George Washington posthumously became a seven-star general in 1976 (see Part Seven).
General of the Armies rank is equivalent to a six-star General status, though no insignia has ever been created. Pershing was the president and first captain of the West Point class of 1886. He served in the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War.
General, lieutenant general, and major general are the first, second, and third grades of general officers in many armies. The United States Army, Air Force, and Marines have a fourth general officer grade, brigadier general (brigadier in the British Army).
A battlefield promotion (or field promotion) is an advancement in military rank that occurs while deployed in combat. A standard field promotion is advancement from current rank to the next higher rank; a "jump-step" promotion allows the recipient to advance by two ranks.
Private is the lowest rank. Most Soldiers receive this rank during Basic Combat Training. This rank does not carry an insignia. Enlisted Soldiers generally receive this rank after either completion of Basic Combat Training, or six months of Army service.
He is also the only person to have ever held a five-star rank in two branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. These officers who held the rank of General of the Army remained officers of the United States Army for life, with an annual $20,000 in pay and allowances, equivalent to $294,000 in 2020.
Starting pay for a Major General is $11,635.50 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $16,774.20 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Major General, or visit our Army pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.
|Commands held||Supreme Allied Commander Europe (1953–1956)|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal (4)|
|Other work||American Red Cross president (1957–1964)|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1974–2013|
|John William Vessey Jr.|
|Service/branch||Minnesota Army National Guard United States Army|
|Years of service||1939–1985|
|Unit||Field Artillery Branch|
Warrant officer is the highest non-commissioned rank and ranks above flight sergeant.
|Chief petty officer|
|NATO rank code||OR-7|
|Formation||1 April 1893|
Navy Officer Ranks
General (Gen/O-10) General is a four-star general officer rank, the highest rank in the Air Force. They hold the highest-level positions at the Pentagon and at organizations such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The majority of Navy SEALs (about 2,000) are Navy Enlisted personnel (E-4 to E-9). They are led by roughly 500 SEAL Officers (O-1 to O-10). There is also a small number of SEAL Warrant Officers (circa 30) who rank as officers above the senior-most Enlisted but lower than an Officer (O-1).