While the other kids collected dolls and baseball cards, did you grow up pouring through old black and white photographs and colorful insignia from your family’s military history? Were you a West Point family or an Annapolis family? Maybe you’re an antique picker or a war memorabilia collector, and you’ve got classic pins and bars safely secured in a glass frame.
Spanning hundreds of years of time-honored tradition — from the ancient Roman army to the U.S. Continental Army to today’s Armed Services — our Military Rank Quiz will put your mettle to the test.
Think you know the difference between a mustang and a plebe? Or a commissioned and a noncommissioned officer? If you think you’re up for the challenge, we want to see what you’re made of. But sailor beware. You better know how to address a lieutenant general, or know the rank of past U.S. presidents and famous movie stars. Or let’s see if you know how ranks equate across the five branches of today’s military.
Basic training is done recruit. You’re in the Army now (and the Navy, and the Air Force, and the Coast Guard, and the Marines). Earn your stripes with our Military Rank Quiz. That’s an order.