United States Coast Guard officer rank insignia

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United States Coast Guard officer rank insignia describes an officer's pay-grade. Rank is displayed on collar devices, shoulder boards, and on the sleeves of dress uniforms.

US DoD Pay Grade O-10 O-9 O-8 O-7 O-6 O-5 O-4 O-3 O-2 O-1
Insignia USCG O-10 insignia.svg USCG O-9 insignia.svg USCG O-8 insignia.svg USCG O-7 insignia.svg USCG O-6 insignia.svg USCG O-5 insignia.svg USCG O-4 insignia.svg USCG O-3 insignia.svg USCG O-2 insignia.svg USCG O-1 insignia.svg
Title Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Rear Admiral
(lower half)
Captain Commander Lieutenant
Commander
Lieutenant Lieutenant
(junior grade)
Ensign
Abbreviation ADM VADM RADM RDML CAPT CDR LCDR LT LTJG ENS
NATO Code OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1

All Coast Guard officers are line officers, unlike the Navy, which has a staff corps to identify certain career fields.

Warrant Officer grade structure of the United States Coast Guard
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chief Warrant Officer 2
CWO4 CWO3 CWO2
USCG CW4 insignia.svg
USCG CW3 insignia.svg
USCG CW2 insignia.svg

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary[edit]

The volunteer United States Coast Guard Auxiliary also uses the USCG officer rank insignia system, albeit modified. USCG Auxiliary officers wear silver braid insignia (referred to as "office insignia") instead of gold; with a "hollow" USCG shield above containing the letters "USCG" superimposed above a red "A" (to signify an appointed officer") or silver "A" (to signify an elected officer). On metal insignia, appointed officers wear a red "A" and elected officers a blue "A."

Though this modified officer ranking system is used, USCG Auxiliary officers do not use rank titles; such as "Lieutenant," "Commander," etc.

Warrant Officer insignia is also not used in the USCG Auxiliary.

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