Military Reference
Contents


Military Insignia
of Rank


Military Badges

Military Branch of
Service Insignia

 

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Officers

Collar Shoulder Board Sleeve

Line Officers shown.
Limited Duty & Staff Corps
Officers wear
 Branch of Service insignia.
Fleet Admiral
[see historical note}
Admiral
(O-10)
Vice Admiral
(O-9)
Rear Admiral
(Upper Half)
(O-8)
Rear Admiral
(Lower Half)
(O-7)

Other
Officers

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Captain
(O-6)
Commander
(O-5)
Lieutenant
Commander
(O-4)
Lieutenant
(O-3)
Lieutenant
Junior Grade
(O-2)
Ensign
(O-1)

Warrant
Officers

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Boatswains shown.
Warrant Officers wear
 Branch of Service insignia.
Chief Warrant Officer
(W-4)
Chief Warrant Officer
(W-3)
Chief Warrant Officer
(W-2)

Enlisted
Personnel

Sleeve

Seaman
(E-3)

Deck,
Administration

Aviation

Construction

Hull,
Engineering
Seaman Apprentice
(E-2)

Deck,
Administration

Aviation

Construction

Hull,
Engineering
Seaman Recruit
(E-1)

The Five-Star Ranks

During World War II, the need was perceived for a General and Fleet Officer rank above that of General and Admiral, primarily to provide a level of parity with the British and German "Field Marshal" and "Admiral of the Fleet". Congress created the Army rank of "General of the Army" and the Navy rank of "Fleet Admiral". The use of five-star ranks is restricted to war-time and the last promotions to the this level were as a result of World War II service. There are no longer any surviving Generals of the Army or Fleet Admirals (the last to die was Omar Bradley). The Army recipients were George C. Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Henry H. Arnold (re-designated General of the Air Force on May 7, 1949) and Omar N. Bradley. The Navy recipients were Chester W. Nimitz, William D. Leahy, Ernest J. King and William F. Halsey.

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