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Military writers are classified by the rank at discharge.  Since some of the writers included on the list go back well before the 20th Century, therefore the further back in the past, the more general the referral to rank per this list.  Click on the pay grade to view the list of writers at that rank. Click here to - Read an article on the establishment of rank and rank insignia in the United States Military.
Pay Grade Army Air Force Marines Navy/Coast Guard
Commissioned Officers 
O-10 Army Chief of Staff 

General

Air Force Chief of Staff 

General

Commandant of the Marine Corps 

General

Chief of Naval Operations 

Commandant of the Coast Guard 

Admiral

O-9 Lieutenant General Lieutenant General Lieutenant General Vice Admiral
O-8 Major General Major General Major General Rear Admiral 
(Upper Half)
O-7 Brigadier General Brigadier General Brigadier General Rear Admiral 
(Commodore)
O-6 Colonel Colonel Colonel Captain
O-5 Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Commander
O-4 Major Major Major Lieutenant Commander
O-3 Captain Captain Captain Lieutenant
O-2 1st Lieutenant 1st Lieutenant 1st Lieutenant Lieutenant, Junior Grade
O-1 2nd Lieutenant 2nd Lieutenant 2nd Lieutenant Ensign
Warrant Officers
W-5 Master Warrant Officer 5    Chief Warrant Officer 5
 
Master Warrant Officer 
W-4 Warrant Officer 4   Chief Warrant Officer 4
 
Warrant Officer 4
W-3 Warrant Officer 3   Chief Warrant Officer 3
 
Warrant Officer 3
W-2 Warrant Officer 2   Chief Warrant Officer 2
 
Warrant Officer 2
W-1 Warrant Officer 1    Warrant Officer
 
Warrant Officer 1
Non-Commissioned Officers
Special Sergeant Major of the Army Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
E-9 Command Sergeant Major 

Sergeant Major

First Sergeant (Chief Master Sergeant) 

Chief Master Sergeant

Sergeant Major 

Master Gunnery Sergeant

Master Chief Petty Officer
E-8 First Sergeant 

Master Sergeant

First Sergeant (Senior Master Sergeant) 

Senior Master Sergeant

First Sergeant 

Master Sergeant

Senior Chief Petty Officer
E-7 Sergeant First Class First Sergeant (Master Sergeant) 

Master Sergeant

Gunnery Sergeant Chief Petty Officer
E-6 Staff Sergeant Technical Sergeant Staff Sergeant Petty Officer 
First Class
E-5 Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Petty Officer 
Second Class
E-4 Corporal     Corporal  Petty Officer 
 Third Class
Enlisted Personnel
E-4 Specialist Senior Airman
 

 
E-3 Private First Class Airman First Class Lance Corporal Seaman
E-2 Private Airman Private First Class Seaman Apprentice
E-1 Private (Recruit) Airman Basic  Private Seaman Recruit

Source of Table: Emil Pocock, History and American Studies, Eastern Connecticut State University

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