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I don't understand United States military rank?

Is there anybody who can "dumb it down" for me? Whenever I try to find out the different aspects online, it usually overwhelms me with all the confusing aspects and details. And I meant like what each one does and their responsibilities. Infantry

Asked By: - 12/3/2011
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The rank doesn't tell you what each rank does or its responsibilities. Your MOS tells what type job you have. When you reach a higher rank, the MOS often changes to show that you are now a supervisor or manager... More
Answered By: J D - 12/3/2011
Additional Answers (6)
private corporal sargeant staff Sergeant 2nd lieutenant lieutenant captain major lt colonel colonel lt general brig. general general
Answered By: Dave87gn - 12/3/2011
 
Which branch?
Answered By: Bo Jangles - 12/3/2011
 
The other individual who responded was partially correct, however it varies depending on the branch. For instance, an O-6 in most branches is a Colonel, but in the Navy it is a Captain, which is an O-3 in the other branches. This site provides Enlisted ranks (or Rates in the Navy's case): http://usmilitary.about.com/od... More
Answered By: Daniel - 12/3/2011
 
Infantry is not a branch. He means Army? Navy? Air Force? Marines? They all have different structures in how the ranking system is laid out.
Answered By: mark b - 12/3/2011
 
There are actually two rank systems, the named rank and pay rating. Each branch has different named ranks, but the same pay ratings. The pay ratings are E-1 to E-9 for enlisted ranks, E-1 being lowest. There is W-1 to W-5 for Warrant Officers, Warrant Officers outrank enlisted ranks. Then O-1 to O-10 the Commissioned... More
Answered By: gooslegeek - 12/3/2011
 
Okay.... Enlisted: E1 to E9 Warrant Officer: WO1 to CW5 Commissioned Officer: O1 - O11 Hope that is dumb enough!
Answered By: mgan - 12/3/2011
 
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