I'm familiar with both the Marine corps and Navy ranks, but would like to know what the overall heirarchy would be if these two groups come together.
The top rank in the Navy is Fleet Admiral. The Marine Corps has no equivalent.
A Navy admiral ranks the same as a Marine general.
A Navy vice-admiral ranks the same as a Marine lieutenant-general.
A Navy rear admiral (upper half) ranks the same as a Marine major-general.
A Navy rear admiral (lower half) ranks the same as a Marine brigadier general.
A Navy captain ranks the same as a Marine colonel.
A Navy commander ranks the same as a Marine lieutenant-colonel.
A Navy lieutenant commander ranks the same as a Marine major.
A Navy lieutenant ranks the same as a Marine captain.
A Navy lieutenant (junior grade) ranks the same as a Marine first lieutenant.
A Navy ensign ranks the same as a Marine second lieutenant.
When comparing officers holding equivalent ranks, time in grade (who got the rank first) is a consideration, as is a Navy concept called "lineal numbers."
too complicated to explain
full general full admiral
brig gen rear admir
lt col commander
major lt. commander
first lt lt j.g.
second lt. ensign
Marines (from lowest to highest)
2nd lieutenant, 1st lieutenant, captain, major, lt. colonel, colonel, brigadier general, major general, lt. general, general
Navy (same thing)
ensign, lieutenant junior grade, lieuteneant, lt. commander, commander, captain, rear admiral lower half (previously known as commodore), rear admiral upper half, vice admiral, admiral, admiral of the fleet (used only in war time)
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