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US Coast Guard Ranks

The Coast Guard is under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security and is charged with six missions, Maritime law enforcement, response and prevention, transportation systems management, and security and defense operations. In wartime the Coast Guard would come under the direct control of the Defense Department.

ENLISTED RATINGS

Enlisted ranks in the Coast Guard mirror those of the U.S. Navy. It initially classifies junior enlisted men as being in a Seaman, Airman or Fireman apprenticeship until one “makes rate’ as an E-4 or Third Class Petty Officer.

No insignia

Seaman Recruit (E-1)

Seaman Apprentice (E-2) Insignia

Seaman Apprentice (E-2)

Seaman (E-3) Insignia

Seaman (E-3)

Petty Officer Third Class (e-4) Insignia

Petty Officer Third Class (e-4)

Petty Officer Second Class (e-5) Insignia

Petty Officer Second Class (e-5)

Petty Officer First Class (e-6) Insignia

Petty Officer First Class (e-6)

Chief petty officer (e-7) Insignia

Chief petty officer (e-7)

Senior Chief Petty Officer (e-8) Insignia

Senior Chief Petty Officer (e-8)

Master Chief Petty Officer (e-9) Insignia

Master Chief Petty Officer (e-9)

Fleet/Command Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) Insignia

Fleet/Command Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9)

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (E-9) Insignia

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (E-9)

WARRANT OFFICER RANKS

In the Coast Guard, Chief Warrant Officers are senior prior-enlisted members with specialized skills. As with they navy they have a unique organizational position centered on comprehensive knowledge and management in their specialty.

USN Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CWO2) Insignia

USN Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CWO2)

USN Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CWO3) Insignia

USN Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CWO3)

USN Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO4) Insignia

USN Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO4)

OFFICER RANKS

Officers in the Coast Guard carry out the duty of direct and indirect leadership of the everyday operations of deployed units, mobile units and shore based forces performing the core missions of the Coast Guard.

Ensign (0-1) Insignia

Ensign (0-1)

Lieutenant Junior Grade (0-2) Insignia

Lieutenant Junior Grade (0-2)

Lieutenant (0-3) Insignia

Lieutenant (0-3)

Lieutenant Commander (0-4) Insignia

Lieutenant Commander (0-4)

Commander (0-5) Insignia

Commander (0-5)

Captain (0-6) Insignia

Captain (0-6)

Rear Admiral Lower Half (0-7) Insignia

Rear Admiral Lower Half (0-7)

Rear Admiral Upper Half (0-8) Insignia

Rear Admiral Upper Half (0-8)

Vice Admiral (0-9) Insignia

Vice Admiral (0-9)

Admiral (0-10) Insignia

Admiral (0-10)

Fleet Admiral (Wartime Only) Insignia

Fleet Admiral (Wartime Only)