can someone tell me the ranks of ww2 in order? like Pvt. PFC plz do abbreviations?
- 1 decade agoBest Answer
Private First Class (1 stripe) (PFC)
Corporal (2 stripes)(Cpl.)
Sergeant (3 stripes)(Sgt.)
1st lieutenant (1 gold bar)(Lt.)
2nd lieutenant (1 silver bar) (Lt.)
Captain (2 silver bars) (Capt.)
Major (gold oak leaf cluster) (Maj.)
Lieutenant Colonel (silver oak leaf cluster) (Lt. Col.)
Colonel (eagle) (Col.)
Brigadier General (1 gold star) (Br. Gen.)
Major General (2 gold stars) (Maj. Gen)
Lieutenant General (3 gold stars) (Lt. Gen.)
General (4 gold stars) (Gen.)
General of the Army (5 gold stars)
There are various ratings in the rank of sergeant, Master Sergeant, Sergeant Major, Technical Sergeant, etc. I'm not sure about the stripes on the various ratings except Sergeant Major, that's 3 stripes with the points pointing to the shoulder, and three stripes underneath.
I've never seen an abbreviation of a 5 star general's rank, there aren't many. During WWII we only had Ike and MacArthur.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I know you are probably only after US ranks but I thought British ranks may interest you too.
Other Ranks and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO's) (rank insignia on arm)
Private (Pte.) No insignia
Lance Corporal (L/Cpl.) One stripe
Corporal (Cpl.) Two stripes
Sergeant (Sgt.) Three stripes
Colour Sergeant (C/Sgt.) (in some regiments known as Staff Sergeant (S/Sgt.) Three stripes with crown above
Warrant Officer class 2 (WO2) aka Company Sergeant Major (CSM) Large crown on right cuff
Warrant Officer class 1 (WO1) aka Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) British coat of arms on right cuff
Commissioned Officers (rank insignia on shoulder)
2nd Lieutenant (2Lt.) One pip (the four-pointed star of The Order of Bath)(pronounced Lef-tenant as opposed to Loo-tenant
Lieutenant (Lt.) Two pips
Captain (Capt.) Three pips
Major (Maj.) Crown
Lieutenant Colonel (Lt/Col.) Crown and pip
Colonel (Col.) Crown and two pips
Brigadier (Brig.) Crown and three pips
Major General (Maj.Gen.) Crossed swords and pip
Lieutenant General (Lt.Gen.) Crossed swords and crown
General (Gen) Crossed swords crown and pip
Field Marshall (FM) Laurel wreath with central crossed cannon with crown above.
The last four (Maj.Gen., Lt.Gen., Gen and FM) we term as one star, two star, three star & four star Generals respectively though they do not carry stars as insignia.
The above are infantry ranks there are some regimental differences;
Private = Sapper (Spr.)
Royal Regiment of Artillery;
Private = Gunner (Gnr.)
Lance Corporal = Lance Bombadier (L/Bdr.)
Corporal = Bombadier (Bdr.)
Private = Trooper (Tpr)
And the Household Cavalry (the ones in shiny armour that guard the Royal Household) ranks consist of a completely different rank structure that most of the rest of the Army fail to comprehend!
The Commisioned Officers ranks are always the same right across the Army except for 2Lt is known as 'Cornet' in some Cavalry regiments.
British Army ranks have changed through history but the present ranks are as WWII. Although maybe not of use, I hope this is of some interest.
Incidentally American GIs wear their stripes upside down with the points pointing to the shoulder whereas us Brits wear them in the correct fashion - with the points pointing to our hands!! :0)Source(s): Former British Soldier
- 1 decade ago
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