US Navy Ranks

The Navy Ranks are an important part of pay for all Navy servicemen. Compare the Navy pay with the pay of the other military branches here.

US Navy Ranks
US Navy Ranks & Numbers

The US Navy contains four branches, along with the Coast Guard. The Army and Marine Corps use nearly the same ranks and pay grade, while the Navy and Coast Guard also share ranks and pay grades. The Air Force officer ranks are the same as the Army and Marine Corps, however the Enlisted Personnel ranks are different.

Army and Marine Corps Ranks

• E-1 – Private
• E-2 – Army Private 2/Marine Private First Class
• E-3 – Army Private First Class/Marine Lance Corporal
• E-4 – Corporal
• E-5 – Sergeant
• E-6 – Staff Sergeant
• E-7 – Army Sergeant First Class/Marine Gunnery Sergeant
• E-8 – Master Sergeant
• E-9 – Sergeant Major

Warrant Officer

• W-1 – Warrant Officer
• W-2 – W-5 – Chief Warrant Officer

Commissioned Officers

• O-1 – Second Lieutenant
• O-2 – First Lieutenant
• O-3 – Captain
• O-4 – Major
• O-5 – Lieutenant Colonel
• O-6 – Colonel
• O-7 – Brigadier General
• O-8 – Major Genera
l • O-9 – Lieutenant General
• O-10 – General

Special Grades

• General of the Army (5-Star)
• Sergeant Major

Navy and Coast Guard Ranks

• E-1 – Seaman Recruit
• E-2 – Seaman Apprentice
• E-3 – Seaman
• E-4 – Petty Officer, Third Class
• E-5 – Petty Officer, Second Class
• E-6 – Petty Officer, First Class
• E-7 – Chief Petty Officer
• E-8 – Senior Chief Petty Officer
• E-9 – Master Chief Petty Officer

Warrant Officer

• W-2 – W-5 – Chief Warrant Officer


Commissioned Officers

• O-1 – Ensign
• O-2 – Lieutenant Junior Grade
• O-3 – Lieutenant
• O-4 – Lieutenant Commander
• O-5 – Commander
• O-6 – Captain
• O-7 – Rear Admiral
• O-8 – Rear Admiral
• O-9 – Vice Admiral
• O-10 – Admiral

Special Grades

• Fleet Admiral (5-Star)
• Master Chief Petty Officer

Air Force Ranks

• E-1 – Recruit
• E-2 – Airman
• E-3 – Airman First Class
• E-4 – Senior Airman
• E-5 – Staff Sergeant
• E-6 – Technical Sergeant
• E-7 – Master Sergeant
• E-8 – Senior Master Sergeant
• E-9 – Chief Master Sergeant

Commissioned Officers

• O-1 – Second Lieutenant
• O-2 – First Lieutenant
• O-3 – Captain
• O-4 – Major
• O-5 – Lieutenant Colonel
• O-6 – Colonel
• O-7 – Brigadier General
• O-8 – Major General
• O-9 – Lieutenant General
• O-10 – General

Special Grades

• General of the Air Force (5-Star)
• Chief Master Sergeant

Number of Military Enlisted

More than 1.4 million military members are enlisted with over 1.2 million active members. Out of the total number of military members, the United States Army is the largest with approximately 541K members. In total, about 236K members of the military have achieved the rank of officer with about 1.13 million ranked among the enlisted. The majority of military personnel are male, but around 210K is female. the largest portion of female military members is found in the US Army with just over 75K. However the United States Air Force isn’t far behind with 63K female members.

Only a very small number of military members achieve the higher ranks of General and Admiral. About 40 are currently sitting in these ranks. The 5-Star ranks of General of the Army, Fleet Admiral and General of the Air Force are usually reserved for wartime.