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Air Force Ranks, Pay-Grade, and Insignia

Air Force Ranks, Insignia and Description (Enlisted)

The Air Force Ranks are different from the other branches. They have a rank that is not a rank, but a special duty held by a senior enlisted adviser that reports directly to the Unit Commander. Air Force First Sergeants are positions held in the pay grades of E-7 through-E-9 and they can be identified by the diamond on their patches.

 

Here is the rest of it…The Air Force Ranks & Insignia.

Pay Grade Title Insignia Spoken Description
Air Force Enlisted Ranks & Insignia
E-1 Airman Basic (AB) No Insignia No Description
E-2 Airman (AMN) Air Force Ranks Chevron of one stripe.
E-3 Airman First Class (A1C) Air Force Ranks Chevron of two stripes
E-4 Senior Arman (SrA) Air Force Ranks Chevron of three stripes with a silver star in the center.
E-5 Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Air Force Ranks Chevron of four stripes with a silver star in the center.
E-6 Technical Sergeant (TSgt) Air Force Ranks Chevron of five stripes with a silver star in the center.
E-7 Master Sergeant (MSgt) Air Force Ranks Chevron of six stripes, with one inverted and a silver star in the center
E-7 First Sergeant (1stSgt) Air Force Ranks Chevron of six stripes with one inverted, a diamond and silver star in the center
E-8 Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt) Air Force Ranks Chevron of seven stripes with two inverted and a silver star in the center
E-8 First Sergeant (1stSgt) Air Force Ranks Chevron of seven stripes with two inverted, a diamond and silver star in the center
E-9 Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) Air Force Ranks Chevron of eight stripes with three inverted and a silver star in the center
E-9 First Sergeant (1stSgt) Air Force Ranks Chevron of eight stripes with three inverted, a diamond and silver star in the center
E-9 Command Chief Master Sergeant (CCM) Air Force Ranks Chevron of eight stripes with three inverted, a silver star in the center
E-9 Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) Air Force Ranks Chevron of eight stripes with three inverted with the eagle from the Great Seal of the United States centered between two five-pointed stars

Air Force Ranks, Insignia and Description (Officer)

The old trick used in learning the order of the General pay-grade goes like a nursery rhyme. it goes like this: Be My Little General

  • Be = Brigadier (General)
  • My = Major (General)
  • Little = Lieutenant (General)
  • General = General

1st and 2nd Lieutenants are referred to as lieutenant. Lieutenant Colonel is referred to as Colonel

Now your Air Force Officer Ranks & Insignia

Pay Grade Title Insignia Spoken Description
Air Force Officer Ranks & Insignia
O-1 SECOND LIEUTENANT (2LT) One Gold Bar
O-2 FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) One Silver Bar
O-3 CAPTAIN (CPT) Two Silver Bars
O-4 MAJOR (MAJ) Gold Oak Leaf
O-5 LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LTC) Silver Oak Leaf
O-6 COLONEL (COL) COLONEL Silver Spread Eagle
O-7 BRIGADIER GENERAL (BG) BRIGADIER GENERAL (BG) One 5 Point Star
O-8 MAJOR GENERAL (MG) Two 5 Point Stars
O-9 LIEUTENANT GENERAL (LTG) Three 5 Point Stars
O-10 GENERAL (GEN) Four 5 Point Stars