United States

United States Air Force ranks

The following table shows the ranks used in the United States Air Force. The order of rank is from lowest to highest rank.

Rank/Title Insignia Pay Grade Abbreviation Enlisted/Officer
Airman Basic No Insignia E-1 AB Enlisted
Airman E-2 Airman E-2 Amn Enlisted
Airman First Class E-3 Airman First Class E-3 A1C Enlisted
Senior Airman E-4 Senior Airman E-4 SrA Enlisted
Staff Sergeant E-5 Staff Sergeant E-5 SSgt Enlisted
Technical Sergeant E-6 Technical Sergeant E-6 TSgt Enlisted
Master Sergeant E-7 Master Sergeant E-7 MSgt Enlisted
Master Sergeant E-7 Master Sergeant E-7 MSgt (A diamond on the insignia indicates special duty held by a senior enlisted member of a military unit) Enlisted
Senior Master Sergeant E-8 Senior Master Sergeant E-8 SMSgt Enlisted
Senior Master Sergeant E-8 Senior Master Sergeant E-8 SMSgt (Same as Master Sergeant, A diamond on the insignia indicates special duty held by a senior enlisted member of a military unit ) Enlisted
Chief Master Sergeant E-9 Chief Master Sergeant E-9 CMSgt Enlisted
Chief Master Sergeant E-9 Chief Master Sergeant E-9 CMSgt (Same as Master Sergeant, A diamond on the insignia indicates special duty held by a senior enlisted member of a military unit ) Enlisted
Command Chief Master Sergeant E-9 Command Chief Master Sergeant E-9 CCM Enlisted
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force E-9 Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force E-9 CMSAF Enlisted
Second Lieutenant O-1 Second Lieutenant O-1 2d Lt Officer
First Lieutenant O-2 First Lieutenant O-2 1st Lt Officer
Captain O-3 Captain O-3 Capt Officer
Major O-4 Major O-4 Maj Officer
Lieutenant Colonel O-5 Lieutenant Colonel O-5 Lt Col Officer
Colonel O-6 Colonel O-6 Col Officer
Brigadier General O-7 Brigadier General O-7 Brig Gen Officer
Major General O-8 Major General O-8 Maj Gen Officer
Lieutenant General O-9 Lieutenant General O-9 Lt Gen Officer
General O-10 General O-10 Gen Officer
General of the Air Force O-11 General of the Air Force n/a Gen USAF (This is a Honorary rank) Officer

Rank Insignia and descriptions are from the following two wikipedia pages: EnlistedOfficers

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