Last Updated: Tuesday, December 11th 2018

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Military Ranks Overview

This page lists all active US Navy ranks. More might be posted like Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, ext. *note: It takes a lot of time.


Enlisted Rates

Ranks/Rates Collar Insignia
E-1 | SR Seaman Recruit
Description :
No Insignia
E-2 | SA Seaman Apprentice
Description :
E-3 | SN Seaman
Description :
E-4 | PO3 Petty Officer 3rd Class
Description : A Perched Eagle over 1 Chevrons
E-5 | PO2 Petty Officer 2nd Class
Description : A Perched Eagle over 2 chevrons
E-6 | PO1 Petty Officer 1st Class
Description : A Perched Eagle over 3 Chevrons
E-7 | CPO Cheif Petty Officer
Description : A gold fouled anchor with a Silver super-imposed USN
E-8 | SCPO Senior Cheif Petty Officer
Description : A gold fouled anchor with a Silver super-imposed USN, one silver star
E-9 | MCPO Master Cheif Petty Officer
Description : A gold fouled anchor with a Silver super-imposed USN, two silver star
E-9 | MCPON Master Cheif Petty Officer of the Navy
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Officer Ranks

Ranks/Rates Collar Insignia
O-1 | ENS Ensign
Description : The collar device is a single gold bar
O-2 | LTJG Lieutenant Junior Grade
Description : One silver bar
O-3 | LT Lieutenant
Description : Two silver bars
O-4 | LCDR Lieutenant Commander
Description : A gold Oak leaf
O-5 | CDR Commander
Description : A silver oak leaf
O-6 | CAPT Captain
Description : A silver spread eagle
O-7 | RADM (L) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Description : One silver star.
O-8 | RADM (U) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Description : Two silver stars.
O-9 | VADM Vice Admiral
Description : Three silver stars.
O-10 | ADM Admiral
Description : Four silver stars.
O-11 | FADM Fleet Admiral
Description : Five silver stars in the shape of a pentagon. "The rank of Fleet Admiral has been reserved for war time use only. The last Fleet Admirals were in World War II. Fleet Admirals during that war were Chester W. Nimitz, William D. Leahy, Ernest J. King, and William F. Halsey." www.navy.mil/navydata/navy_legacy_hr.asp?id=266