JROTC Ranks

Cadet Officer Ranks

Cadet Colonel CADET COLONEL
  • (Addressed as "Colonel")
  • Brigade level Commander
Cadet Lieutenant Colonel CADET LIEUTENANT COLONEL
  • (Addressed as "Colonel")
  • Battalion Commander
  • Responsible for up to 300 Battalion personnel
  • Final say on all Battalion operations
Cadet Major CADET MAJOR
  • (Addressed as "Major")
  • Key staff officer/executive officer
  • In charge of Battalion staff
  • Second in chain of command for battalion
Cadet Captain CADET CAPTAIN
  • (Addressed as "Captain")
  • Company Commander
  • Responsible for company of up to 160 personnel
  • Answers to Battalion Commander
Cadet First Lieutenant CADET FIRST LIEUTENANT
  • (Addressed as "Lieutenant")
  • Company Executive officer
  • Has had platoon leader experience
  • Performs as commander in absence of company commander
Cadet Second Lieutenant CADET SECOND LIEUTENANT
  • (Addressed as "Lieutenant")
  • Normally a platoon leader
  • Can perform as staff officer
  • Responsible for staff section or 30 person platoon

Cadet Enlisted Rangs

Cadet Command Sergeant Major CADET COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR
  • (Addressed as "Sergeant Major")
  • Senior enlisted for all elements battalion and higher
  • Oversees all operations and training
  • Responsible for unit history, traditions, and standards
Cadet Sergeant Major CADET SERGEANT MAJOR
  • (Addressed as "Sergeant Major")
  • Senior staff NCO for battalion, Brigade, and Division
  • Oversees all operations and training
  • Can stand in for Command Sergeant Major
Cadet First Sergeant CADET FIRST SERGEANT
  • (Addressed as "First Sergeant")
  • Top NCO for company element
  • Responsible for up to 140 personnel
  • Ensures training and standards of company
Cadet Master Sergeant CADET MASTER SERGEANT
  • (Addressed as "Sergeant")
  • Normally the senior staff NCO
  • Responsible for 7 - 30 personnel
  • Can perform duties of First Sergeant
Cadet Sergeant First Class CADET SERGEANT FIRST CLASS
  • (Addressed as "Sergeant")
  • Platoon sergeant of staff NCO
  • Responsible for up to 30 personnel
Cadet Staff Sergeant CADET STAFF SERGEANT
  • (Addressed as "Sergeant")
  • Squad leader of staff NCO
  • With experience, can perform duties as Platoon Sergeant
  • Responsible for 3 - 7 personnel
Cadet Sergeant CADET SERGEANT
  • (Addressed as "Sergeant")
  • Squad leader or staff NCO
  • Responsible for 3 - 7 personnel
Cadet Corporal CADET CORPORAL
  • (Addressed as "Corporal")
  • Team leader or staff NCO
  • Responsible for 1 - 2 personnel
  • First step in NCO chain
Cadet Private First Class CADET PRIVATE FIRST CLASS
  • (Addressed as "Private" or "PFC")
  • Performs daily functions and duties
  • With experience, can perform duties of team leader
Cadet Private CADET PRIVATE
  • (Addressed as "Private")
  • New member of command
  • Responsible to perform daily functions and duty

  • Preschool