Army Ranks

An army is a country's armed force that fights on the land. Its most senior rank is usually General, as you see here. (There is in fact a rank more senior than General; this is Field Marshal [British Army] or General of the Army [US Army]. It is seldom awarded and is not shown in this table.) The most junior rank is usually Private.

  United Kingdom USA
British Army US Army
officers General General
Lieutenant General Lieutenant General
Major General Major General
Brigadier Brigadier General
Colonel Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel
Major Major
Captain Captain
Lieutenant First Lieutenant
Second Lieutenant
Second Lieutenant
other ranks Warrant Officer 1 Sergeant Major
Warrant Officer 2 Master Sergeant
Staff Sergeant Sergeant First Class
Sergeant Staff Sergeant
Corporal Corporal
Lance Corporal Private First Class
Private Private

Common abbreviations: