Understanding Military Rank Series: Marine Corps Ranks

US Marine Corps Rank Structure

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.

Today, we’re sharing the U.S. Marine Corps ranks and showing how they stack up to their civilian equivalent. Next, we’ll briefly discuss what the Marine Corps is and what Marine Corps ranks are. Below is a chart containing each Marine Corps rank along with accompanying job titles in today’s workforce:

US Marine Corps Rank StructureWhat is the Marine Corps?

The United States Marine Corps is the maritime land force service branch of the military. Marines are trained to operate on land and sea. Historically, the Marines have been at the forefront of every war.

Arguably, it is the most well-known and toughest branch of the Armed Forces, comprised of the Active-Duty Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve component.

What are Marine Corps Ranks?

According to the Marine Corps, its rank system determines leadership responsibilities of USMC personnel.

Additionally, Marine Corps benefits are based on its rank structure.

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US Marine Corps Rank Structure

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 Marine Corps 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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