Understanding Military Rank Series: Army Ranks

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Welcome to Empire Resume’s six-part mini-series on understanding military rank, where we’re giving you the blueprint to rank for each branch of the military.

Let’s kick things off with U.S. Army ranks and show how they stack up to their civilian equivalent. Next, we’ll briefly discuss what the Army is and what Army ranks are. Below is a chart containing each Army rank along with accompanying job titles in today’s workforce:


united states army ranks

What is the Army?

The Army is a profession that serves as the primary ground force of the military. Historically, it is the largest and oldest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and is comprised of the Regular Army (the active-duty component), and the Army National Guard and Reserve.

What are Army Ranks?

According to the U.S. Army website, Army ranks provide a system of leadership that indicates a Soldier’s level of expertise, responsibility, and authority. Regardless of rank, every Soldier has a significant role in the Army’s mission.

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Be sure to come back tomorrow for our next topic, U.S. Navy ranks.

At Empire Resume, it is our hope this quick, easy, and shareable reference will help military veterans change their approach when translating rank into the civilian terms, and that it’ll help civilians better understand what each Army rank means and how to apply it to employment opportunities.

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Dr. Phillip Gold is President/CEO of Empire Resume and has vast experience writing resumes for service-members transitioning from the military into civilian roles. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force responsible for leading nuclear missile security. Phillip is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and holds a BA in Communications from The Ohio State University, an MS in Instructional Technology, an MBA in Finance, and a PhD in Finance.

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