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U.S. Army Enlisted Rank Insignias

Sergeant Major of the Army)
SERGEANT MAJOR OF THE ARMY
  • There's only one Sergeant Major of the Army
  • Epitome of what it means to be a Sergeant and oversees all Non-Commissioned Officers
  • Advisor and consultant to the Chief of Staff of the Army (a four-star General)
Army Command Sergeant Major (CSM)
COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR (CSM)
  • (Addressed as "Command Sergeant Major")
  • A CSM's counsel is expected to be calm, settled, and accurate
  • Supplies recommendations to the commander and staff with unflagging enthusiasm
  • Sets standards on performance, training, appearance, and conduct of enlisted personnel
  • Assists Officers at the brigade level (3,000 to 5,000 Soldiers)
Army Sergeant Major (SGM)
SERGEANT MAJOR (SGM)
  • (Addressed as "Sergeant Major")
  • SGMs experience and abilities are equal to that of the CSM
  • Leadership is generally limited to those directly under his charge
  • Assists Officers at the battalion level (300 to 1,000 Soldiers)
Army First Sergeant (1SG)
FIRST SERGEANT (1SG)
  • (Addressed as "First Sergeant")
  • Principal NCO and life-blood of the company; provider, disciplinarian, and wise counselor
  • Instructs other SGTs, advise the Commander and helps train all enlisted Soldiers
  • Assists Officers at the company level (62 to 190 Soldiers)
Army Master Sergeant (MSG)
MASTER SERGEANT (MSG)
  • (Addressed as "Sergeant")
  • Principal NCO at the battalion level and often higher
  • Not charged with all the leadership responsibilities of a 1SG
  • Expected to dispatch leadership and other duties with the same professionalism
Army Sergeant First Class (SFC)
SERGEANT FIRST CLASS (SFC)
  • (Addressed as "Sergeant")
  • Key assistant and advisor to the platoon leader
  • Generally has 15 to 18 years of Army experience
  • Makes quick, accurate decisions in the best interests of Soldiers and country
Army Staff Sergeant (SSG)
STAFF SERGEANT (SSG)
  • (Addressed as "Sergeant")
  • Also commands a squad (9 to 10 Soldiers)
  • Often has one or more SGTs under their leadership
  • Develops, maintains, and utilizes the full range of his Soldier's potential
Army Sergeant (SGT)
SERGEANT (SGT)
  • (Addressed as "Sergeant")
  • Typically commands a squad (9 to 10 Soldiers)
  • Has greatest impact on Soldiers because SGTs oversee daily tasks
  • SGTs set an example and the standard for Privates to look up to and live up to
Army Corporal
CORPORAL (CPL)
  • (Addressed as "Corporal")
  • The base of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) ranks
  • CPLs serve as team leader of the smallest Army units
  • Responsible for individual training, personal appearance, and cleanliness of Soldiers
Army Specialist
SPECIALIST (SPC)
  • (Addressed as "Specialist")
  • Can manage other enlisted Soldiers of lower rank
  • Served a minimum of two years and attended a training for promotion
  • People with a four year college degree can enter as a Specialist
Army Private 1st Class E3
PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC)
  • (Addressed as "Private")
  • Promoted to this level after one year or earlier by request of supervisor
  • Begins BCT at this level with experience or prior military training
  • Carries out orders issued to them to the best of his/her ability
Army Private E2
PRIVATE (PVT/PV2)
  • (Addressed as "Private")
  • Lowest Rank. A trainee who's starting Basic Combat Training (BCT)
  • Carries out orders issued to them to the best of his/her ability
  • (PVT does not have an insignia)
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