What is the ascending order of officer ranks in the u.s. navy?

United States Navy ranks from lowest to highest:

  • Navy Seaman Recruit
  • Navy Seaman Apprentice
  • Navy Seaman
  • Navy Petty Officer Third Class
  • Navy Petty Officer Second Class
  • Navy Petty Officer First Class
  • Navy Chief Petty Officer
  • Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer
  • Navy Master Chief Petty Officer
  • Navy Command Master Chief Petty Officer
  • Master Chief Petty Officer Of The Navy
  • Navy Chief Warrant Officer 2
  • Navy Chief Warrant Officer 3
  • Navy Chief Warrant Officer 4
  • Navy Chief Warrant Officer 5
  • Navy Ensign
  • Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade
  • Navy Lieutenant
  • Navy Lieutenant Commander
  • Navy Commander
  • Navy Captain
  • Navy Rear Admiral Lower Half
  • Navy Rear Admiral
  • Navy Vice Admiral
  • Navy Admiral
  • Navy Fleet Admiral

The United States Navy has twenty six grades of enlisted sailors and officers, with most sailors enlisting at the entry-level rank of Seaman Recruit (SR, paygrade E-1). The highest rank achievable in the Navy is Fleet Admiral.

Of interest, after 238 years, the U.S. Navy has its first woman four-star admiral. In a ceremony at Arlington Va., Michelle Janine Howard, who was the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship, was promoted to admiral, a rank that comes with her becoming vice chief of naval operations, Navy News Service reported. Read more at Nola.com.

Updated on Monday, July 14 2014 at 04:17AM EDT
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