Lieutenant, Sergeant or General: The Military Rank Quiz
When it comes to the U.S. military, it's not your age or your hire date that puts you in charge — it's your rank that determines your responsibility for the mission. Take this quiz to see where you rank on your military knowledge.
Rank insignia for the Coast Guard is basically the same as which military branch?
True or false: The rank of private in the Marines does not wear a uniform insignia.
How do you address a lieutenant general?
O captain! My captain!
Which Army rank is only used in time of war?
general of the Army
What does it mean to "get your stripes"?
a pilot who has the need for speed
a pulled-together appearance
a promotion to NCO rank
What is a mustang?
an officer promoted from enlisted
an officer charged with the operation of a ship
nickname for a Marine Corps gunnery sergeant
Who is a plebe?
incoming class at a military academy
new recruits in basic training
upperclassmen at Officer Candidate School
What were captains called in the Roman army ranks?
If you're a lance corporal in the Marine Corps, what is the equivalent rank in the Army?
apprentice first class
private first class
Which rank is higher in the Marine Corps, sergeant major or master gunnery sergeant?
master gunnery sergeant
They're the same.
Which is NOT a difference of insignia between a seaman recruit in the Navy and one in the Coast Guard?
A seaman recruit in the Coast Guard wears an insignia.
Coast Guard rank insignia is a different color.
both of these
neither of these
Who are the brass?
all commissioned officers
What is the difference between a commissioned and noncommissioned officer?
True or false: Commissioned officers outrank all noncommissioned officers.
Who is the only airman ever to hold rank of five-star general, as the general of the Air Force?
Henry H. Arnold
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Chester W. Nimitz
What are the three groups Army ranks are broken down into?
enlisted, specialists, commissioned officers
junior enlisted, noncommissioned officers (NCOs) and senior NCOs
wings, groups and squadrons
Which rank from the Continental Army is now obsolete?
all of these
Which admiral was honored with the special six-star rank of admiral of the Navy, the only person ever to receive this title?
Michelle J. Howard
Ulysses S. Grant
Who is the first woman to achieve the rank of admiral in the Navy?
Michelle J. Howard
What is the order of generals, junior to senior?
general, lieutenant general, major general, brigadier general
brigadier general, major general, lieutenant general, general
general, brigadier general, lieutenant general, major general
Who is the only U.S. president to serve as an enlisted man without going on to the officer corps?
What do Marines often pin in their cover or under a pocket?
their next promotable rank
Senior NCOs are sometimes called what?
Who was given the title of honorary Marine and discharged as a master sergeant?
Which rank is known as "chief"?
chief petty officer (Coast Guard)
chief petty officer (Navy)
warrant officer (Army)
all of these
none of these
True or false: Actor Jimmy Stewart achieved rank of brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve.
What's a full bird?
a colonel in the Army, Air Force or Marine Corps
a lieutenant colonel in the Army, Air Force or Marine Corps
a brigadier general in the Army, Air Force or Marine Corps
Who makes up the E-4 Mafia?
What do infantrymen call any service member who's not an infantryman?
Who was the first retired Marine to receive an honorary promotion?