CLARIFICATION

If, like myself, you find the rank structure of the US Army a little bit confusing then hopefully what follows will clear up some, if not all, of that confusion. I am indebted to Delta Mike 2 for sending me this information.

Delta Mike 2 wrote;

In the US Army, the Rank Staff Sergeant is the same slot as that held by a British Corporal, and the Rank of Sergeant  holds down the same slot as a British Lance Corporal. Corporals were  mainly used in the Artillery branch as a junior NCO, or for a Sergeant of same grade reduced to pay grade E4 as a Corporal instead of SP4.  A British Staff Sergeant is the same as a US Army Sergeant First Class, or  maybe a Master Sergeant. Your Company Sergeant Major (a Warrant Officer) is the Same slot as a US Army First Sergeant. The British RSM (another warrant officer) is the same as a US Army Sergeant Major. All of the US Army ranks are NCOs. US Army Warrant Officers are  a special rank of  officer, that bridges the gap between NCOs and Commissioned Officers.

The US Marines use Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers, and NCOs , too. The difference is that in the Marines, a Lance Corporal IS AN NCO! Not a senior private as in the Army. And Corporals  and Sergeants are Junior NCOs. Staff Sergeants , Gunnery Sergeants, Master Sergeants,  First Sergeants and Sergeant Majors are all "Staff NCOs".

The Way we use rank and pay grade is as follows;

E-1 Private of the lowest form
E-2 Private of a superior pay grade but still a private! Now called PFC.
E-3 Private First Class! Still just a private! It used to require a promotion board to achieve this rank. Now called a Lance Corporal
E-3.but still just a private except for title.
E-4 Specialist 4th Class (a pay grade) with the status of a senior private OR Corporal E-4  which is an actual junior NCO.
E-5 Specialist 5th Class (no private duties assigned) or Sergeant E-5, a true junior NCO.

E-6 Specialist 6th Class OR Staff Sergeant E-6 (basic squad leader or tank commander rank). This is the start of Army Staff NCOs . Senior NCOs for various  support functions at company and battalion levels.

E-7 Specialist 7th Class OR Sergeant First Class (Platoon Sergeants). Also senior NCOs at company and battalion  levels.
E-8 Spec 8 OR Master SergeantE-8 (a Staff NCO position) OR First Sergeant E-8. the senior enlisted man in any company.
E-9 Spec 9 OR Sergeant Major E-9, the top NCO in any battalion sized or larger formation.

Except for SP4, all other SP grades are for technicians and not NCOs. To add to the strangeness, in the '60s the Army invented the pay grades E-8 and  E-9, so there were dummies who held the ranks of SSG E-5, SFC E-6, MSG or ISG E-7, until these old soldiers were either promoted and retired or retired at their current pay grade.



ENLISTED RANKS

 


Private
E2
Private First Class
E3




Specialist
E4

Corporal
E4




Sergeant
E5

Staff Sergeant
E6



Sergeant First Class
E7

First Sergeant
E8



Master Sergeant
E8

Sergeant Major
E9


Command Sgt. Major
E9

 

 

WARRANT OFFICERS (COLLAR TABS)

 

Warrant Officer 1
W1

Chief Warrant Officer 2
W2


Chief Warrant Officer 3
W3

Chief Warrant Officer 4
W4



Master Warrant Officer 5
W5

 

 

COMMISSIONED RANKS (COLLAR TABS)

 


2nd Lieutenant
O1
1st Lieutenant
O2




Captain
O3

Major
O4




Lieutenant Colonel
O5
Colonal
O6




Brigadier General
O7


Major General
O8








Lieutenant General
O9

General
O10

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