Interservice Officer Rank-Unit Comparisons 

This resource illustrates the typical chain of command and unit designations among the various military services, to facilitate cross-service comparisons. Given the diversity of unit designations some formations are not included for the sake of clarity. The rank of the officer commanding the unit, as well as the unit strength, are typical for units most commonly encountered, and considerable variation exists in practice, particularly with respect to intermediate echelon Naval forces.

 Rank Army  Marine Corps  Air Force  Rank  Navy 
 Naval Air Force
 Fleet

 2nd Lieutenant

2nd lt.

Platoon  Platoon  

Ensign

ensign pic 

 

 1st Lieutenant

1st. lt.

 Flight

 Lieutenant, Junior Grade

lt. jr. grade 

 Captain

captain-army

Troop

Company

Company

 

Lieutenant

lt. navy 

 

Major

major

Squadron

Battalion

Battalion

 Squadron

Lt. Commander

lt. commander 

 Lt. Colonel

lt. col. 

Battalion

Commander

commander insignia 

Squadron Department

 Colonel

colonel 

Regiment

Brigade

Regiment

Group

Wing

Captain

captain navy insignia 

Wing Ship

 Brigadier General

brig. gen. 

Brigade

Regiment

Wing

Rear Admiral

rear admiral lh 

Squadron

Wing

Squadron

Task Group

 Major General

maj. gen. 

Division  Numbered Air Force

 Rear Admiral

rear admiral uh 

Wing

Group

Task Force

 Lt. General

lt. gen. 

Corps

Army

Marine Expeditionary Force  Numbered Air Force

Vice Admiral

vice admiral 

Naval Air Force

Force

Force

Numbered Fleet

 General

general 

Army

Major Command 

 

 Air Force

Major Command 

Admiral

admiral 

Fleet

us officer insignias total

Sources and Methods

The United States Military Rank Insignia page

Grunt - "The Ultimate Military Website"

 

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