What Are the Ranks of the Air Force in Descending Order?


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In descending order, the ranks of the United States Air Force (USAF) are: General (or "Air Force Chief of Staff"), Lieutenant General, Major General, Brigadier General, Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, Major, Captain, First Lieutenant, Second Lieutenant, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Command Chief Master Sergeant, Chief Master Sergeant, Senior Master Sergeant, Master Sergeant, Technical Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Senior Airman, Airman First Class, Airman and Airman Basic. As in other branches of the military, these ranks are divided between the officers and enlisted classes.

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What Are the Ranks of the Air Force in Descending Order?
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The enlisted class is the lower of the two groups, comprising all ranks from Airman Basic (E1) to Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. As a non-commissioned representative and leader of the enlisted ranks, the Chief Master sergeant of the Air Force has no grade code, but comes after the rank of Command Chief Master Sergeant, which has the grade code of E9.

The lowest of the officer ranks is Second Lieutenant (O1) and the highest is General (O10), or "Air Force Chief of Staff." During wartime, the highest rank becomes General of the Air Force, which has no grade code. It is the Air Force equivalent to the "General of the Army" and the Navy's "Fleet Admiral."

Unlike other military branches, the USAF has no warrant class of ranks.

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