Army Officer Ranks

U.S. Army Officer Rank Insignia

U.S. Army Generals Insignias

General of the Army

GENERAL OF THE ARMY (GOA)

  • Only used in time of war
  • Equal or higher rank than those commanding armies from other nations
  • The last officers to hold this rank served during and immediately following WWII
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GENERAL (GEN)

  • (Addressed as "General")
  • Senior level of Commissioned Officer
  • Typically has over 30 years of experience and service
  • Commands all operations within their geographical area
  • The Chief of Staff for the Army is a four-star General
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LIEUTENANT GENERAL (LTG)

  • (Addressed as "General")
  • Typically commands corps-sized units
  • (20,000 to 45,000 Soldiers)
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MAJOR GENERAL (MG)

  • (Addressed as "General")
  • Typically commands pision-sized units
  • (10,000 to 15,000 Soldiers)
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BRIGADIER GENERAL (BG)

  • (Addressed as "General")
  • Serves as Deputy Commander to the commanding general for Army pisions
  • Assists in overseeing the staff's planning and coordination of a mission
Army Colonel

COLONEL (COL)

  • (Addressed as "Colonel")
  • Typically commands battalion-sized units (3,000 to 5,000 Soldiers)
  • CSM as principal NCO assistant
  • Also found as the chief of pisional-level staff agencies
Army Lieutenant Colonel

LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LTC)

  • (Addressed as "Lieutenant Colonel" or "Colonel")
  • Typically commands battalion-sized units (300 to 1,000 Soldiers)
  • CSM as principal NCO assistant
  • May also be selected for brigade and task force Executive Officer
Army Major

MAJOR (MAJ)

  • (Addressed as "Major")
  • Serves as primary Staff Officer for brigade
  • and task force command regarding personnel,
  • logistical and operational missions
Army Captain

CAPTAIN (CPT)

  • (Addressed as "Captain")
  • Commands and controls company-sized units (62 to 190 Soldiers)
  • Instructs at service schools and U.S. Army Combat Training Centers
  • Usually a Staff Officer at the battalion level
Army First Lieutenant (2LT)

FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT)

  • (Addressed as "Lieutenant")
  • A seasoned lieutenant with 18 to 24 months service
  • Leads weapons platoons and indirect fire centers
  • Usually Executive Officer of a company-sized unit (110 to 140 Soldiers)
Army Second Lieutenant (2LT)

SECOND LIEUTENANT (2LT)

  • (Addressed as "Lieutenant")
  • Typically the entry-level rank for most Commissioned Officers
  • Leads platoon-size elements consisting of the platoon SGT
  • With two or more squads (16 to 44 Soldiers)

U.S. Army Warrant Officer Insignias

Warrant Officers are formally addressed as either Mr. or Ms.

Chief Warrant Officer 5

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 5 (CW5)

  • Master-level technical and tactical experts
  • Support battalion, brigade, pision, corps, and major command operations
  • Provide leadership development, mentorship, advice, and counsel to WOs and officers
  • Special WO leadership and representation responsibilities within their commands
Chief Warrant Officer 4

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 4 (CW4)

  • Senior-level experts in their chosen field
  • Primarily support battalion, brigade, pision, corps, and echelons above corps operations
  • Mentorship responsibilities and provide essential advice to commander on WO issues
Chief Warrant Officer 3

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 3 (CW3)

  • Advanced-level experts who perform primary duties of a technical and tactical leader
  • Provide direction, guidance, resources, assistance, and supervision as necessary
  • Primarily support operations levels from team or detachment through brigade
Chief Warrant Officer 2

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 2 (CW2)

  • Commissioned officers as provided by the President of the United States
  • Intermediate level technical and tactical experts
  • Performs duties and responsibilities at the detachment through battalion levels
Warrant Officer 1

WARRANT OFFICER 1 (WO1)

  • Appointed by the Secretary of the Army
  • Technically and tactically proficient
  • Duties are technical leader, trainer, operator, manager, maintainer, sustainer, and advisor

  • Preschool