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Service members in pay grades E-1 through E-3 are usually either in some kind of training status or on their initial assignment. The training includes the basic training phase where recruits are immersed in military culture and values and are taught the core skills required by their service component.

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Basic training is followed by a specialized or advanced training phase that provides recruits with a specific area of expertise or concentration. In the Army and Marines, this area is called a military occupational specialty; in the Navy it is known as a rate; and in the Air Force it is simply called an Air Force specialty.

ARMY — * For rank and precedence within the Army, specialist ranks immediately below corporal. Among the services, however, rank and precedence are determined by pay grade.

NAVY/COAST GUARD — *A specialty mark in the center of a rating badge indicates the wearer's particular rating. ** Gold stripes indicate 12 or more years of good conduct. *** 1. Master chief petty officer of the Navy and fleet and force master chief petty officers. 2. Command master chief petty officers wear silver stars. 3. Master chief petty officers wear silver stars and silver specialty rating marks

The U.S. Coast Guard is a part of the Department of Homeland Security in peacetime and the Navy in times of war. Coast Guard rank insignia are the same as the Navy except for color and the seaman recruit rank, which has one stripe. 

  Army Navy
Coast Guard 
Marine Corps  Air Force 
E1  Private  Seaman Recruit (SR)  Private  Airman Basic 
E2 

Private E-2
(PV2)

Army E2 

Seaman Apprentice
(SA) 

Navy E2

Private First Class
(PFC)

Marines E2 

Airman
(Amn) 

Air Force E2

E3 

Private First Class
(PFC)

PFC 

Seaman (SN) 

SN

Lance Corporal
(LCpl)

LCpl 

Airman First Class
(A1C)

A1C 

E4 

Corporal
(CPL)

CPL 

Specialist
(SPC)

SPC 

Petty Officer
Third Class(PO3) **

PO3  

Corporal
(Cpl)

CPL 

Senior Airman
(SrA)

SrA 

  Leadership responsibility significantly increases in the mid-level enlisted ranks. This responsibility is given formal recognition by use of the terms noncommissioned officer and petty officer. An Army sergeant, an Air Force staff sergeant, and a Marine corporal are considered NCO ranks. The Navy NCO equivalent, petty officer, is achieved at the rank of petty officer third class.  
  Army  Navy
Coast Guard
Marines Air Force
E5 

Sergeant
(SGT)

SGT_Army 

Petty Officer
Second Class
(PO2) **

PO2 

Sergeant
(Sgt) 

SGT_marines

Staff Sergeant
(SSgt) 

Air Force SSgt

E6 

Staff Sergeant
(SSG)

Army SSG 

Petty Officer
First Class
(PO1) **

PO1 

Staff Sergeant
(SSgt) 

Marines SSgt

Technical Sergeant
(TSgt) 

Air Force TSgt

E7 

Sergeant First Class
(SFC)

SFC 

Chief Petty Officer
(CPO) **

CPO  

Gunnery Sergeant
(GySgt)

GySgt 

Master Sergeant
(MSgt)

MSgt 

First Sergeant 

1st Sgt

 

At the E-8 level, the Army, Marines and Air Force have two positions at the same pay grade. Whether one is, for example, a senior master sergeant or a first sergeant in the Air Force depends on the person's job. The same is true for the positions at the E-9 level. Marine Corps master gunnery sergeants and sergeants major receive the same pay but have different responsibilities. All told, E-8s and E-9s have 15 to 30 years on the job, and are commanders' senior advisers for enlisted matters.

A third E-9 element is the senior enlisted person of each service. The sergeant major of the Army, the sergeant major of the Marine Corps, the master chief petty officer of the Navy and the chief master sergeant of the Air Force are the spokespersons of the enlisted force at the highest levels of their services. 

  Army  Navy
Coast Guard
Marines Air Force
E8 

Master
Sergeant
(MSG) 

Army MSG

First
Sergeant
(1SG)

Army 1st SG 

Senior Chief Petty Officer
(SCPO) **

SCPO  

Master Sergeant
(MSgt)

Marines MSgt 

First Sergeant

Marines 1st Sgt 

Senior
Master Sergeant
(SMSgt)

Air Force SMSgt 

First Sergeant

Air Force 1st Sgt 

E9 

Sergeant Major
(SGM) 

Army SGM

Command
Sergeant Major
(CSM)

Army CSM 

Master Chief
Petty Officer
(MCPO)
**
*** 

MCPO

Fleet/Command
Master
Chief Petty
Officer
**
*** 

Fleet MCPO

Master Gunnery
Sergeant (MGySgt)

Marines MGySgt  

Sergeant Major
(SgtMaj)

Marines SgtMaj 

Chief Master
Sergeant
(CMSgt)

CMSgt 

First Sergeant

1st Sgt Air Force 

Command
Chief Master
Sergeant 

Command CMSgt

E9 

Sergeant Major
of the
Army
(SMA) 

SMA

Master Chief
Petty Officer
of the
Navy
(MCPON)
and
Coast Guard
(MCPOCG)

MCPON 

Sergeant Major
of the
Marine Corps
(SgtMajMC)

SgtMajMC 

Chief Master
Sergeant of the Air Force
(CMSAF) 

CMSAF

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