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Reporting Procedures and Military Time

Following Reporting Procedures In the military, you don't just walk into your boss's office, plop down on the couch, and put your feet up on the coffee table. This behavior may have been okay with your last boss, but in the military, it's a huge no-no. Reporting is an official way of announcing your presence when asking permission to speak to your commanding officer, usually in her office. In basic training, assuming that you don't get i... more

Military Ranks and Insignia At a Glance

Today's U.S. military services continue to use many of the ranks that were adopted in 1775 at the start of our Revolutionary War. Our early military leadership and congress adopted the organization, regulations and ranks of the British army and navy with just minor changes, some of which were influenced by our close association with France. Considering the British navy was the most successful in the world at that time it was natural that the ... more

Coast Guard Officer Ranks

Officers Admirals Officers Ensign (ENS) Ensigns are generally inducted after Naval Officer training and obtaining a four-year degree. Their rank is equivalent to Second Lieutenant in other branches. Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) Lieutenant Junior Grades are generally promoted one year and six months after becoming an Ensign. They serve as billeted division officers. Lieutenant (LT) Equivalent to captains in other branch... more

Air Force Officer Ranks

Officers Generals Officers Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) The rank of Second Lieutenant is shown through a single gold bar. Proper forms of address include “Second Lieutenant” or “Lieutenant.” Commissioned Airman may sometimes skip this rank. First Lieutenant (1st Lt) First Lieutenants have roughly the same responsibilities as a Second Lieutenant, but receive higher pay and are given more responsibility. Captain (Capt) Capta... more

Marine Corps Officer Ranks

Officers Generals Officers Warrant Officer 1 (WO1) The first step for enlisted Marines to become a Warrant Officer 1 is submitting a written application. They are typically promoted from the rank of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW2) Marines of this rank are expected to be able to take responsibility for a battalion. The second lowest officer rank in the Marine Corps, Chief Warrant Officer 2... more

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