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Lieutenant, Sergeant or General: The Military Rank Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy

True or false: The rank of private in the Marines does not wear a uniform insignia.

  • true
  • false

How do you address a lieutenant general?

  • general
  • lieutenant
  • O captain! My captain!

Which Army rank is only used in time of war?

  • general
  • general of the Army
  • vice general

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?

  • munifexs
  • centurions
  • quaestors

If you're a lance corporal in the Marine Corps, what is the equivalent rank in the Army?

  • apprentice first class
  • lance corporal
  • private first class

Which rank is higher in the Marine Corps, sergeant major or master gunnery sergeant?

  • sergeant major
  • 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
  • high-ranking officers
  • Congress

What is the difference between a commissioned and noncommissioned officer?

  • age
  • security clearance
  • education

True or false: Commissioned officers outrank all noncommissioned officers.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • coronet
  • ensign
  • subaltern
  • 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
  • George Dewey

Who is the first woman to achieve the rank of admiral in the Navy?

  • Robin Braun
  • Michelle J. Howard
  • Jan Tighe
  • Nora Tyson

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?

  • James Buchanan
  • William McKinley
  • Theodore Roosevelt

What do Marines often pin in their cover or under a pocket?

  • trident badge
  • merit badge
  • their next promotable rank

Senior NCOs are sometimes called what?

  • woobies
  • yardbirds
  • zebras

Who was given the title of honorary Marine and discharged as a master sergeant?

  • Bob Hope
  • Bugs Bunny
  • Chuck Norris

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.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • privates
  • specialists
  • rangers

What do infantrymen call any service member who's not an infantryman?

  • POG
  • RTB
  • RCPO

Who was the first retired Marine to receive an honorary promotion?

  • Bob Keeshan (aka Captain Kangaroo)
  • Gene Hackman
  • R. Lee Ermey