US Military Ranks Pay Rates and Benefits

Pay rates and benefits given to US military personnel vary in terms of their ranks, duty assignments, and time of service. Some major components that military members receive are Base Pay and Basic Allowance for Housing.

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How do you get basic allowance for housing in the military?

Weird, Both my parents had been in the military and they where assigned in the base. It was not legal for them to live off of the Base.

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What is navy rank F1c?

F1c is Fireman First Class. It is a designation no longer used in the US Navy. In the US Navy, enlisted personnel who have not yet made rate (promoted to Petty Officer 3rd Class), are designated as seaman (white hash stripes), airman (green hash stripes), or fireman (red hash stripes) depending on what rate they are 'striking' for. Years ago, a sailor could be Fireman 1st Class (F1c), Fireman 2nd Class (F2c), or Fireman 3rd Class (F3c). Today, the ranks are Fireman (FN; pay grade E-3), Fireman Apprentice (FA; pay grade E-2), and Fireman Recruit (FR; pay grade E-1), respectively.

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Does captain outrank sergeant?

Definately, a Sergeant is a NCO (Non commissioned officer) whereas a Captain is in the middle of the Officer ranks.

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What was Mystikal's rank in the Army?

He was a Private first class, until he tested positive for marijuana then which he was reduced in rank and forced out of the military

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Do you have to pay for a 3g service?

Yes. 3G is the name given to the 'wirelss network' that celluar devices use to access the internet. All wireless providers have a fee for 3G service, whether it seems so or not. Sometimes a company such as T-mobile will offer 3G as part of a wireless plan, but the price will be raised to compensate.

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Do army recruits get paid while in basic training?

yes

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Can you borrow against your GI bill?

No, you cannot.

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Crest of a first class sergeant?

As for crests, what do you mean, exactly? On their uniforms (Class A), they would wear the standard US Army crest if they wore the brimmed hat. Otherwise, they'd wear their regimental crest on their beret (regardless of which uniform they wear), as well as on the epaulets of their Class A uniform. Additionally, they would wear the crest of their regimental affiliation above the jacket pocket on (their) right with the Class A uniform.

Other than that, they would wear the standard branch insignia (e.g., crossed rifles for infantry, crossed pistols for military police, etc.), which is only worn with the Class A uniform.

As for rank insignia, that sort of depends on what you mean by "first class sergeant", as there is no such rank - you're either thinking of Sergeant First Class (E7) or First Sergeant (E8), or else you're thinking of a foreign military (as this was categorised under "US Army", I'm assuming you're referring to a US Army rank).

In the case of the former, it would be three chevrons, pointing upwards, and two rockers below it. In the case of the latter, it would be three chevrons, three rockers, and a diamond in the space between the chevrons and the rockers (the rank without this diamond in the centre is Master Sergeant, which is also E8). See related link "US Army Rank Insignia" at the bottom.

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What does stgc mean in us navy ranks?

STG is the rate, or job, of that person. In this case, it is a Sonar Technician - Surface. They work on the sonar suite of a surface vessel (ie, a ship). The "C" gives that person's rank, which in this case is a Chief Petty Officer. If it was a Senior Chief Sonar Tech, they would be STGCS. If it were a 3rd Class Petty Officer, they would be STG3.

The Sonar Tech rating is actually divided between surface and submarine technicians. STS stand for "Sonar Technician, Submarines", where STG stands for "Sonar Technician, Guns", indicating a surface rate.

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Where is largest private army?

Xe (formerly known as Blackwater) claims to be able to field a brigade. Executive Outcomes had over 3500 personnel available before the company was dissolved in 1998.

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What is the order of ranks in the US Military?

US Air ForceEnlisted Ranks:
  • Airman Basic E-1
  • Airman E-2
  • Airman First Class E-3
  • Senior Airman E-4
  • Staff Sergeant E-5
  • Technical Sergeant E-6
  • Master Sergeant E-7
  • First Sergeant E-7
  • Senior Master Sergeant E-8
  • Chief Master Sergeant E-9
  • Command Chief Master Sergeant E-9
  • Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force E-9
Officer Ranks:
  • 2nd Lieutenant O-1
  • 1st Lieutenant O-2
  • Captain O-3
  • Major O-4
  • Lieutenant Colonel O-5
  • Colonel 0-6
  • Brigadier General O-7
  • Major General O-8
  • Lieutenant General O-9
  • General 0-10
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Enlisted Ranks:

  • E-1 Private - No insignia
  • E-2 Private - One Chevron
  • E-3 Private First Class - One chevron, One Rocker
  • E-4 Specialist Four - Inverted solid insignia with Army Eagle emblem
  • E-4 Corporal - Junior NCO - Two Chevrons
  • E-5 Sergeant - NCO - Three Chevrons
  • E-6 Staff Sergeant - NCO - Three Chevrons, One Rocker
  • E-7 Sergeant First Class - NCO - Three Chevrons, Two Rockers
  • E-8 Master Sergeant - NCO - Three Chevrons, Three Rockers
  • E-8 First Sergeant - NCO - Three Chevron, Three Rockers with a diamond in the center
  • E-9 Sergeant Major - NCO - Three Chevrons, Three Rockers with a star in the center
  • E-9 Command Sergeant Major - NCO - Three Chevrons, Three Rockers with Eagle and Star insignia in the center
  • E-9 Sergeant Major of the Army - NCO - Three Chevrons, Three Rockers with the Army Eagle insignia in the center

Warrant Officers:

  • W1 - Warrant Officer - Silver Bar with one black square.
  • W2 - Chief Warrant Officer One - Silver Bar with two black squares.
  • W3 - Chief Warrant Officer Two - Silver Bar with three black squares.
  • W4 - Chief Warrant Officer Three - Silver Bar with four black squares.
  • W5 - Master Warrant Officer - Silver Bar with single black line.

Officers:

  • O-1 - 2nd Lieutenant - Single brass bar (Gold Bar, or "Butter Bar")
  • O-2 - 1st Lieutenant - Single Silver Bar
  • O-3 - Captain - Two Silver Bars
  • O-4 - Major - Single Brass Oak Leaf Cluster.
  • O-5 - Lt. Colonel - Single Silver Oak Leaf Cluster.
  • O-6 - Colonel - Silver Army Eagle Emblem.
  • O-7 - Brigadier General - Single Silver Star
  • O-8 - Major General - Two silver Stars
  • O-9 - Lt. General - Three Silver Stars
  • O-10 - General - Four Silver Stars
  • O-10 - General of the Army - Five Silver Stars
NavyEnlisted:
  • Seaman Recruit E-1
  • Seaman Apprentice E-2
  • Seaman E-3
  • Petty Officer Third Class E-4
  • Petty Officer Second Class E-5
  • Petty Officer First Class E-6
  • Chief Petty Officer E-7
  • Senior Chief Petty Officer E-8
  • Master Chief Petty Officer E-9
  • Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy E-9
Warrant Officers:
  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 W-2
  • Chief Warrant Officer 3 W-3
  • Chief Warrant Officer 4 W-4
  • Chief Warrant Officer 5 W-5
Officers:
  • Midshipman (Cadet Rank - Annapolis)
  • Ensign O-1 (one brass/gold bar)
  • Lieutenant Junior Grade O-2 (one silver bar)
  • Lieutenant O-3 (two silver bars)
  • Lieutenant Commander O-4 (one brass/gold oak leaf)
  • Commander O-5 (one silver oak leaf)
  • Captain O-6 (one silver eagle)
  • Rear Admiral Lower Half O-7 (Formerly Commodore); one star
  • Rear Admiral Upper Half O-8; two stars
  • Vice Admiral O-9; three stars
  • Admiral - Chief of Naval Operations O-10; four stars
  • Fleet Admiral (Wartime commission); five stars
Marine Corps
  • Private E-1
  • Private First Class E-2
  • Lance Corporal E-3
  • Corporal E-4
  • Sergeant E-5
  • Staff Sergeant E-6
  • Gunnery Sergeant E-7
  • Master Sergeant E-8
  • First Sergeant E-8
  • Master Gunnery Sergeant E-9
  • Sergeant Major E-9
  • Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps E-9
Warrant Officers:
  • Warrant Officer W-1
  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 W-2
  • Chief Warrant Officer 3 W-3
  • Chief Warrant Officer 4 W-4
  • Chief Warrant Officer 5 W-5
Officers:
  • 2nd Lieutenant O-1
  • 1st Lieutenant O-2
  • Captain O-3
  • Major O-4
  • Lieutenant Colonel O-5
  • Colonel O-6
  • Brigadier General O-7
  • Major General O-8
  • Lieutenant General O-9
  • General O-10
  • Commandant of the Marine Corps O-10
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Is lt gen William B Caldwell IV married?

According to my last contact with LtGeneral William B. Caldwell IV, he informs me he lost his wife and four out of five children an an automobile accident while vacationing in Australia. He claims his only remaining son is currently attending West Point Academy....truth or fiction?

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What are the US army ranks highest to lowest?

  • General of the Army
  • General
  • Lieutenant General
  • Major General
  • Brigadier General
  • Colonel
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Major
  • Captain
  • First Lieutenant
  • Second Lieutenant
  • Chief Warrant Officer 5
  • Chief Warrant Officer 4
  • Chief Warrant Officer 3
  • Warrant Officer 2
  • Warrant Officer 1
  • Sergeant Major of the Army
  • Command Sergeant Major
  • Sergeant Major
  • First Sergeant
  • Master Sergeant
  • Sergeant First Class
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Specialist
  • Private First Class
  • Private (E-2)
  • Private
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Can a specialist become a warrant officer?

Warrant Officer is like any other rank, Corporal, Sergeant, staff/Flight/Colour Sergeant. so yes a Specialist can become a Warrant Officer but it will take some time.

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Is Barack Obama a Five Star General?

No. But as President and Commander in Chief, he commands the US military and all five star Generals there are.

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How much is the pension of a navy admiral?

The typical Navy Admiral will have 30 years of service. That would entitle him to 75% of his base pay in retirement. That would be somewhere anywhere from $7500 to $12000 a month.

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What does a brown military ID signify?

IDs of military dependents are brown in colour, and still resemble the older style military ids.

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How is the signature block written for retired military first sergeant?

If a U.S. Marine: John Smith, 1Sgt, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)

If a soldier: John Smith, 1SG, US Army (Ret)

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How many military retirees are in the US?

An accurate number is unavailable due to the inability to reconcile the still-living amongst the WW2-Korean War survivors, and the recent (2013-2014-2015) sesquestration that is cutting 30% from the USMC-USN-US Army-AF active-duty ranks.

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How much do US Marines get paid?

It is a basic scale applied to all the armed forces. It varies based on pay grade and time in service.

The answer to this question depends on many variables. You have a lot of "blanks" to fill in.

Enlisted paygrades are E-1 thru E-9

Warrant Officer paygrades are W-1 thru W-5

Officer paygrades are O-1 thru O-10

You may want to check the latest military pay web sites for specific pay and allowances. Military members (yes, Marines too) are paid: base pay, housing allowance, food allowance, uniform allowance, and special pays based on a number of variables including occupational needs and where the member is assigned. He/ she could also be paid combat, hazaradous duty, imminent danger, or flight pay. There are too many possibilities to consider. You really need to know the specifics of the situation. If you have access to the member's LES (Leave and Earnings Statement) you will know EXACTLY how much they make. The monthly LES tells all.
The US Marine Corps pay scales is the same as all of the other services. It is based on the rank and the time in service for the member. Other factors include being married and special pay for jobs like flight pay and jump pay. It starts at $1467.70 a month and can be as high as $18,936.90 for the Marine Commandant.

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How does a Naval Commissioned Officer address a Chief Warrant Officer?

All Warrant Officers are addressed as "Mr."

I usually addressed them by their first name. In formal situations they would be Chief Warrant Officer xxx. In informal situations with lower ranks present, I sometimes used the term 'Gunner' when talking with those with a specialty in weapons or EOD.

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Which is of higher rank a General or an Admiral?

Generals and Admirals have equal ranks. Generals serve in the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. Admiral is the equivalent rank in the Navy and Coast Guard.

There are different ranks for Generals and Admirals with different designations.

Here are the current ranks, the number of stars and the service equivalency:

  • one star - Brigadier General = Rear Admiral (lower half)
  • two stars - Major General = Rear Admiral (upper half)
  • three stars - Lieutenant General = Vice Admiral
  • four stars - General = Admiral
  • five stars - General of the Army = Fleet Admiral

The only official five star officers all served during World War II and reached their rank either during or after the war.

There are other officers that held higher rank. All the five star officers of WW II were acknowledged to be junior to John J. (Blackjack) Pershing who commanded American forces in World War I. Some consider is rank as six stars, his official rank was General of the Armies of the United States.

George Dewey reached the rank of Admiral of the Navy after the Spanish American War and some consider him a six star Admiral.

There is one final rank. Congress passed a law in 1978 that declared that George Washington is the highest ranking officer to ever have served, or will ever serve in the US Military. Washington's highest rank was actually Lieutenant General in the regular army and General of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. This effectively makes George Washington a seven star General.

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Were any Allied generals in World War 2 credited with a kill?

I know of two who shot Germans:Maj Gen Matthew Ridgeway, whoknocked out several German tanks with his bazooka, and Maj Gen James Gavin, who was always on the front line it seemed carrying an M1. He must have killed at least one German, I would think.

As far as I Know: James "Slim Jim" Gavin, acting as commander of the 82nd Airborne killed at least one German during the fights in the Nijmegen area during the battle of Arnheim, it seems to me that it happened some 2/3 hours after landing.And also during this battle:The commander of The First British Airborne Division "the Red Devils", nonetheless; Roy Urquhart is known to have killed a German soldier with his pistol while hiding in a house in the city of Arnheim where he left General J. Lathbury (who had a shot in his back near the spine and kidneys). They got trapped in the outskisrts of the city and were forced to spend the night in hiding. Urquhart returned to the battlezone next day without having made contact with the troops in the Arnheim bridge, commanded by Lt. C John D. Frost. While Brigadier Lathbury was hidden by the dutch resistance and sent back through the German lines during the last days of october '44.

The Son of World War 1 President Theodore Roosevelt, Brigader General Tedyy Roosevelt Jr. was the assistant commander of several Infantry divisions and was a aprt of the Normandy Landings. In the opening phases of Operation Torch he was the assistnat commander of the Big Red oNe , the first infantry division and was seen chasing riders on his jeep with his crabine and was counted with several kills.

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What are the ranks in the U.S. Navy?

The U.S. Navy's rank structure is made up of 3 primary groups, with variations on each:

Enlisted - The enlisted community form the backbone of the Navy, and are responsible for performing most of the shipboard or base operations on a daily basis. Enlisted sailors are technical specialists in their fields, and it is the primary function of senior enlisted sailors to help train junior officers, as well as to lead and train junior enlisted sailors.

Warrant Officer - Warrant Officers are commissioned officers with a focus on a specific technical area not covered by regular commissioned line officers, who have a broader based focus concerning operations. They are typically senior enlisted sailors who have received commissions. Their rank insignia shows their specialty.

Commissioned Officers - Commissioned Officers fall into 3 groups: Unrestricted Line, Restricted Line, and Staff Corps. Unrestricted Line Officers are the ones who command and lead combat units. Restricted Line Officers are those who perform specific functions within those commands, e.g., Engineers. Staff Corps Officers are those in other specialty areas - Chaplain Corps, Medical, Supply, etc.

ENLISTED RANKS

For the first 3 ranks, the designation is based on the sailor's area of training (strikers); regular operations, engineering, or aviation. At E-4 (Petty Officer 3rd Class, the Navy's Non-Commissioned Officer ranks), the individual rate specialty is designated on their rank insignia. The following information is presented as paygrade, rank, and insignia, from lowest to highest:

Strikers

Strikers are sailors who haven't chosen a specific career path, but are in one of 3 technical disciplines - Seaman, Fireman (Engineering Rates), and Airman (Aviation Rates). The stripes are White, Red, and Green respectively.

E-1 - Seaman/Fireman/Airman Recruit (SR, FR, AR) - 1 stripe

E-2 - Seaman/Fireman/Airman Apprentice (SA, FA, AA) - 2 stripes

E-3 - Seaman/Fireman/Airman (SN, FN, AN)- 3 stripes

Non-Commissioned Officers (Petty Officers)

E-4 - Petty Officer 3rd Class - 1 Chevron

E-5 - Petty Officer 2nd Class - 2 Chevrons

E-6 - Petty Officer 1st Class - 3 Chevrons

E-7 - Chief Petty Officer - 3 Chevrons w/cap

E-8 - Senior Chief Petty Officer - 3 Chevrons w/cap, 1 silver star

E-9 - Master Chief Petty Officer - 3 Chevrons w/cap, 2 silver stars

The ranks of Command Master Chief, Force Master Chief or Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy still hold the paygrade of E-9; however, their positions entitle them to distinguishing rank insignia above other E-9's. The standard insignia for a Master Chief is 3 Chevrons w/cap, 2 silver stars, with a small rating badge as part of the overall insignia. For Command Master Chief, the rating insignia is replaced with one large silver star in addition to the standard 2 small silver stars of the rank; Force Master Chief, 1 large gold star and 2 small gold stars; and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, 1 large gold star and 3 small gold stars.

The designation is presented as rate and rank, with any warfare designation afterward. For example, my rate/rank/warfare designation was STS1/SS, which stands for Sonar Technician (Submarines) First Class, Submersible Ships (Submarine Warfare Qualified).

For Recruits and Strikers, their stripes indicate the area they're training in: White for regular sailors, Red for Engineering rates, Green for Aviation rates.

For Petty Officers, Chevrons and 4-year hash marks red (red, worn on blues, and blue, worn on whites, worn on the left sleeve) until the sailor achieves 12 consecutive years of Good Conduct, at which point they are entitled to gold chevrons and gold sleeve stripes (4 years for each stripe).

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER RANKS

Chief Warrant Officers are taken from the senior enlisted ranks, and are members who have completed the CWO program. After accepting a commission, they serve in their particular technical specialty, unlike commissioned line officers.

W-2 - Chief Warrant Officer 2 - Black Epaulet with technical specialty insignia, 2 vertical gold bars over blue field.

W-3 - Chief Warrant Officer 3 - Black Epaulet with technical specialty insignia, 3 vertical gold bars over blue field.

W-4 - Chief Warrant Officer 4 - Black Epaulet with technical specialty insignia, 2 horizontal gold bars over blue field.

W-5 - Chief Warrant Officer 5 - Black Epaulet with technical specialty insignia, 4 horizontal gold bars over blue field.

COMMISSIONED OFFICER RANKS

O-1 - Ensign - Black Epaulet w/ 1 gold star and 1" gold stripe

O-2 - Lieutenant (Junior Grade (Lt.(JG)) - Black Epaulet w/ 1 gold star, one 1" gold stripe, and one 1/2" gold stripe.

O-3 - Lieutenant - Black Epaulet w/ 1 gold star, two 1" gold stripes.

O-4 - Lieutenant Commander - Black Epaulet w/ 1 gold star, two 1" gold stripes, and one 1/2" gold stripe.

O-5 - Commander - Black Epaulet w/ 1 gold star, three 1" gold stripes.

O-6 - Captain - Black Epaulet w/ 1 gold star, 4 1" gold stripes.

O-7 - Rear Admiral (Lower Half) - Gold Epaulet w/ 1 silver star.

O-8 - Rear Admiral - Gold Epaulet w/ 2 silver stars.

O-9 - Vice Admiral - Gold Epaulet w/ 3 silver stars.

O-10 - Admiral - Gold Epaulet w/ 4 silver stars.

O-11 - Fleet Admiral - Gold Epaulet w/ 5 silver stars (currently inactive)

Line Officers have fouled anchor insignia (Admirals) or stars/gold rank bars on their epaulets, while Staff Corps Officers will have their specialty insignia on their epaulet instead, e.g., a gold caduceus on a Medical Officer's epaulet along with rank bars.

The 4-Star rank of Admiral is actually an appointed rank that comes with the position of appointment. Admirals considered for 4-Star positions are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. For example, the Chief of Naval Operations and Vice Chief of Naval Operations are both 4-Star ranks, but after they leave, they revert to their previous rank. For retirement pay purposes though, they receive the rate of their highest rank.

The reason that 4-Star Admirals revert to their previous ranks is that by law, there is a specific cap limit on how many Admirals there can be, and that number is 216. Of those, only 16.3% can be of 2-Star rank, and of that percentage, only 25% can hold 4-Star rank positions. This equates to 9 Admirals.

The 4-Star position includes the Coast Guard, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and NOAA Commissioned Corps for cap limit purposes. By law, several positions are reserved for 4-Star Admirals:

Chief of Naval Operations

Vice Chief of Naval Operations

Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion (Naval Reactors)

Commandant of the Coast Guard

Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (if appointed)

Some positions, however, don't count toward the limit - e.g., Director of Central Intelligence, Joint Command (Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, etc.). Of course in time of war or emergency the President can waive the cap rules.

The 5-Star rank of Fleet Admiral is a ceremonial one, and hasn't been held for about 44 years. The rank is held until the person dies - the last one to hold the position was Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who died in February 1966.

Please see the related links to the U.S. Navy website for further information.

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What is one rank lower than a general?

In many countries, brigadier or brigadier general is one rank lower than a general.

In the United States a General is the top grade, with the Lieutenant General a star lower, a Major General next, and a Brigadier General the one star type General. When I was in boot camp, I was taught how to remember the progression by thinking of the sentence Be My Little Girl. It always worked for me.

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