United States Marine Corps History and Information

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Marine Corps Enlisted and Officer Rank Structure

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Marine Corps Rank Structure

NCO starts at Corporal and ends with Sergeant.

SNCO begins with Staff Sergeant and ends with Sergeant Major/Master Gunnery Sergeant.

Warrant Officers are of their own rank system and do not fall under enlisted or officer, however, a Chief Warrant Officer II begins the ranks of commissioned officer.

Private
E-1
None
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 Officer
1
Warrant Officer
2
Warrant Officer
3
Warrant Officer
4
Warrant Officer
5
2nd Lt. O-1
1st Lt. O-2
Captain
O-3
Major
O-4
Lt.
Colonel
O-5
Colonel
O-6
Brig.
General
O-7
Major
General
O-8
Lt.
General
O-9
General
O-10

 

To easily remember the order of generals remember the acronym “be my little General”

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