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Airman (AMN) (E-2), United Air Force
Airman (AMN) (E-2), United Air Force
 
 
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Airman First Class (A1C) (E-3), United States Air Force
Airman First Class (A1C) (E-3), United States Air Force
From 1947 to 1952, this rank was known as an Air Force corporal, and from 1952 to 1967 it was called an airman second class. Also during this time frame, the E-4 paygrade rank, now known as senior airman, was called airman first class. 
 
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Battalion Sergeant Major (BattSgtMaj), United States Army (World War I Era)
Battalion Sergeant Major (BattSgtMaj), United States Army (World War I Era)
 
 
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Brigadier General (O-7), United States Army
Brigadier General (O-7), United States Army
 
 
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Captain (O-3), United States Air Force
Captain (O-3), United States Air Force
 
 
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Captain (O-3), United States Army
Captain (O-3), United States Army
 
 
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Captain (O-3), United States Marine Corps
Captain (O-3), United States Marine Corps
 
 
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Captain (O-6), United States Navy
Captain (O-6), United States Navy
 
 
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Chief Machinist's Mate (CMM), United States Navy (World War II Era)
Chief Machinist's Mate (CMM), United States Navy (World War II Era)
 
 
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Chief Warrant Officer (W2), United States Army and United States Air Forces (World War II & Korea Eras)
Chief Warrant Officer (W2), United States Army and United States Air Forces (World War II & Korea Eras)
 
 
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Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) (WO-3), United States Army
Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) (WO-3), United States Army
 
 
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Colonel (COL) (O-6), United States Army
Colonel (COL) (O-6), United States Army
 
 
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Color Sergeant (ColorSgt), United States Army (World War I Era)
Color Sergeant (ColorSgt), United States Army (World War I Era)
 
 
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Command Sergeant Major (CSM)(E-9), United States Army
Command Sergeant Major (CSM)(E-9), United States Army
Functioning without supervision, a CSM's counsel is expected to be calm, settled and accurate with unflagging enthusiasm. Supplies recommendations to the commander and staff, and carries out policies and standards on the performance, training, appearance and conduct of enlisted personnel. Assists Officers at the brigade level (3,000 to 5,000 Soldiers). 
 
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Commander, O-5, United States Navy
Commander, O-5, United States Navy
 
 
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Company Supply Sergeant (CompanySupplySgt), United States Army (World War I Era)
Company Supply Sergeant (CompanySupplySgt), United States Army (World War I Era)
 
 
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Corporal (Corporal), United States Army (World War I Era)
Corporal (Corporal), United States Army (World War I Era)
 
 
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Corporal (CPL) (E-4), United States Army
Corporal (CPL) (E-4), United States Army
The base of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) ranks, CPLs serve as team leader of the smallest Army units. Like SGTs, they are responsible for individual training, personal appearance and cleanliness of Soldiers. 
 
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Corporal (Cpl)(E-4), United States Marine Corps
Corporal (Cpl)(E-4), United States Marine Corps
 
 
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Corporal (Cpl.), United States Army and United States Air Forces (1942-1948) (Worn by United States Army during World War II and Korea)
Corporal (Cpl.), United States Army and United States Air Forces (1942-1948) (Worn by United States Army during World War II and Korea)
 
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Corporal, United States Marine Corps (World War II Era)
Corporal, United States Marine Corps (World War II Era)
 
 
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First Lieutenant (O-2), United States Army
First Lieutenant (O-2), United States Army
 
 
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First Sergeant (1SG)(E-8), United States Army
First Sergeant (1SG)(E-8), United States Army
Principal NCO and life-blood of the company: the provider, disciplinarian and wise counselor. Instructs other SGTs, advises the Commander and helps train all enlisted Soldiers. Assists Officers at the company level (62 to 190 Soldiers). 
 
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First Sergeant (1Sgt), United States Army (World War I Era)
First Sergeant (1Sgt), United States Army (World War I Era)
 
 
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First Sergeant (1st Sgt), United States Army and United States Air Forces (1942-1948)
First Sergeant (1st Sgt), United States Army and United States Air Forces (1942-1948)
 
 
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First Sergeant (1stSgt)(E-8), United States Marine Corps
First Sergeant (1stSgt)(E-8), United States Marine Corps
 
 
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Flight Officer (FO), United States Army and United States Air Forces (World War II & Korea Eras)
Flight Officer (FO), United States Army and United States Air Forces (World War II & Korea Eras)
 
 
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Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt)(E-7), United States Marine Corps
Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt)(E-7), United States Marine Corps
 
 
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Junior Warrant Officer (W1), United States Army and United States Air Forces (World War II & Korean War Eras)
Junior Warrant Officer (W1), United States Army and United States Air Forces (World War II & Korean War Eras)
 
 
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Lance Corporal (LCpl)(E-3), United States Marine Corps
Lance Corporal (LCpl)(E-3), United States Marine Corps
 
 
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Lieutenant (LT) (O-3), United States Navy
Lieutenant (LT) (O-3), United States Navy
 
 
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Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) (O-5), United States Army
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) (O-5), United States Army
 
 
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Lieutenant Colonel (O-5), United States Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel (O-5), United States Air Force
 
 
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Lieutenant Junior Grade (Ltjg) (O-2), United States Navy
Lieutenant Junior Grade (Ltjg) (O-2), United States Navy
 
 
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Major (Maj) (O-4), United States Air Force
Major (Maj) (O-4), United States Air Force
 
 
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Major (MAJ) (O-4), United States Army
Major (MAJ) (O-4), United States Army
 
 
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Major (Maj) (O-4), United States Marine Corps
Major (Maj) (O-4), United States Marine Corps
 
 
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Master Gunnery Sergeant (MgySgt)(E-9), United States Marine Corps
Master Gunnery Sergeant (MgySgt)(E-9), United States Marine Corps
 
 
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Master Sergeant (E-7), United States Air Force
Master Sergeant (E-7), United States Air Force
 
 
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Master Sergeant (M/Sgt.), United States Army and United States Air Forces (1942-1948)
Master Sergeant (M/Sgt.), United States Army and United States Air Forces (1942-1948)
 
 
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Master Sergeant (MSG)(E-8), United States Army
Master Sergeant (MSG)(E-8), United States Army
Principal NCO at the battalion level, and often higher. Not charged with all the leadership responsibilities of a 1SG, but expected to dispatch leadership and other duties with the same professionalism. 
 
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Master Sergeant (MSgt)(E-8), United States Marine Corps
Master Sergeant (MSgt)(E-8), United States Marine Corps
 
 
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Master Technical Sergeant, United States Marine Corps (World War II Era)
Master Technical Sergeant, United States Marine Corps (World War II Era)
 
 
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Mess Sergeant (MessSgt), United States Army (World War I Era)
Mess Sergeant (MessSgt), United States Army (World War I Era)
 
 
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No Rank Insignia
No Rank Insignia
Individuals begin Basic Combat Training (BCT) at the E-1 level. Carries out orders issued to them to the best of his/her ability.


The following personnel wear no rank insignia:


UNITED STATES AIR FORCE: Airman Basic (AB)(E-1)

UNITED STATES ARMY: Private (PV1) and (PV2 during the Viet Nam War Era). PV2s are promoted to this level after six months. Individual can begin Basic Combat Training (BCT) at this level with experience or prior military training. Carries out orders issued to them to the best of his/her ability.

UNITED STATES COAST GUARD:

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS: Private (Pvt)(E-1)

UNITED STATES NAVY: Seaman Recruit, Fireman Recruit, Airman Recruit, Constructionman Recruit 
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Private (PV2) (E-2), United States Army
Private (PV2) (E-2), United States Army
PV2s are promoted to this level after six months. Individual can begin Basic Combat Training (BCT) at this level with experience or prior military training. Carries out orders issued to them to the best of his/her ability. 
 
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Private First Class (PFC) (E-3) (Vietnam Era), United States Army
Private First Class (PFC) (E-3) (Vietnam Era), United States Army
PFCs are promoted to this level after one year or earlier by request of supervisor. Individual can begin Basic Combat Training (BCT) at this level with experience or prior military training. Carries out orders issued to them to the best of his/her ability. 
 
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Private First Class (PFC) (E-3), United States Army
Private First Class (PFC) (E-3), United States Army
PFCs are promoted to this level after one year or earlier by request of supervisor. Individual can begin Basic Combat Training (BCT) at this level with experience or prior military training. Carries out orders issued to them to the best of his/her ability. 
 
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Private First Class (PFC)(E-2), United States Marine Corps
Private First Class (PFC)(E-2), United States Marine Corps
 
 
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Private First Class (Pfc.), United States Army and United States Air Forces (1942-1948)
Private First Class (Pfc.), United States Army and United States Air Forces (1942-1948)
 
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