Quiz: Lieutenant, Sergeant or General: The Military Rank Quiz
Lieutenant, Sergeant or General: The Military Rank Quiz
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About This Quiz

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.

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Rank insignia for the Coast Guard is basically the same as which military branch?
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True or false: The rank of private in the Marines does not wear a uniform insignia.
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How do you address a lieutenant general?
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Which Army rank is only used in time of war?
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What were captains called in the Roman army ranks?
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If you're a lance corporal in the Marine Corps, what is the equivalent rank in the Army?
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Which rank is higher in the Marine Corps, sergeant major or master gunnery sergeant?
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Which is NOT a difference of insignia between a seaman recruit in the Navy and one in the Coast Guard?
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What is the difference between a commissioned and noncommissioned officer?
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True or false: Commissioned officers outrank all noncommissioned officers.
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Who is the only airman ever to hold rank of five-star general, as the general of the Air Force?
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Which rank from the Continental Army is now obsolete?
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Which admiral was honored with the special six-star rank of admiral of the Navy, the only person ever to receive this title?
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Who is the first woman to achieve the rank of admiral in the Navy?
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Who is the only U.S. president to serve as an enlisted man without going on to the officer corps?
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What do Marines often pin in their cover or under a pocket?
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Senior NCOs are sometimes called what?
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Who was given the title of honorary Marine and discharged as a master sergeant?
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True or false: Actor Jimmy Stewart achieved rank of brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve.
28 of 30
Who makes up the E-4 Mafia?
29 of 30
What do infantrymen call any service member who's not an infantryman?
30 of 30
Who was the first retired Marine to receive an honorary promotion?
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