United States Coast Guard officer rank insignia

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United States Coast Guard officer rank insignia describes an officer's pay-grade. Rank is displayed on collar devices, shoulder boards, and on the sleeves of dress uniforms.

US DoD Pay Grade O-10 O-9 O-8 O-7 O-6 O-5 O-4 O-3 O-2 O-1
Insignia USCG O-10 insignia.svg USCG O-9 insignia.svg USCG O-8 insignia.svg USCG O-7 insignia.svg USCG O-6 insignia.svg USCG O-5 insignia.svg USCG O-4 insignia.svg USCG O-3 insignia.svg USCG O-2 insignia.svg USCG O-1 insignia.svg
Title Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Rear Admiral
(lower half)
Captain Commander Lieutenant
Lieutenant Lieutenant
(junior grade)
NATO Code OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1

All Coast Guard officers are line officers, unlike the Navy, which has a staff corps to identify certain career fields.

Warrant Officer grade structure of the United States Coast Guard

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chief Warrant Officer 2
USCG CW4 insignia.svg
USCG CW3 insignia.svg
USCG CW2 insignia.svg

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

The volunteer United States Coast Guard Auxiliary does not have a rank system, but uses modified Coast Guard officer rank insignia to signify a member's position within the organization. For example, a Flotilla Commander wears insignia similar to a Lieutenant.

USCG Auxiliary officers wear silver braid insignia (referred to as "office insignia") instead of gold; with a "hollow" USCG shield above containing the letters "USCG" superimposed above a red "A" (to signify an appointed officer") or silver "A" (to signify an elected officer). Metal and sew-on insignia are identical to Coast Guard officer insignia, except that a red, blue, or black "A" is superimposed.

Auxiliarists generally do not use titles in direct address.

See also

External links

  • DoD Military Rank and Insignia: Coast Guard
  • Department of Defense Rank Insignias — Officers Rank
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