2022 AFBA Financial Planning Guide

United States Armed Forces — Comparative Ranks

Rank

U. S. Army Titles

U. S. Air Force Titles U. S. Marine Corps Titles U. S. Navy Titles

U. S. Space Force

Commissioned Officers

O-10

General

General

General

Admiral

General

O-9 O-8 O-7 O-6 O-5 O-4 O-3 O-2 O-1 W-5 W-4 W-3 W-2 W-1

Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General

Vice Admiral

Lieutenant General

Major General

Major General

Major General

Rear Admiral (Upper) Rear Admiral (Lower)

Major General

Brigadier General

Brigadier General

Brigadier General

Brigadier General

Colonel

Colonel

Colonel

Captain

Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel

Commander

Lieutenant Colonel

Major

Major

Major

Lieutenant Commander

Major

Captain

Captain

Captain

Lieutenant

Captain

First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant

First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant

First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Warrant Officers Chief Warrant Officer Chief Warrant Officer Chief Warrant Officer Chief Warrant Officer

Lieutenant Junior Grade

First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant

Ensign

Chief Warrant Officer Chief Warrant Officer Chief Warrant Officer Chief Warrant Officer

n/a

Chief Warrant Officer Chief Warrant Officer Chief Warrant Officer

(The United States Space Force has no Warrant Officer Grades)

(The United States Air Force has no Warrant Officer Grades)

Warrant Officer

Warrant Officer

Warrant Officer

Enlisted Personnel

Cmd. Sgt. Major or Sgt. Major Master Sergeant or 1st Sergeant Sergeant First Class

Sgt. Major or Master Gun. Sgt. Master Sergeant or 1st Sergeant

E-9

Chief Master Sergeant

Master Chief Petty Officer

Chief Master Sergeant

E-8

Senior Master Sergeant

Senior Chief Petty Officer

Senior Master Sergeant

E-7 E-6 E-5 E-4 E-3 E-2 E-1

Master Sergeant Technical Sergeant

Gunnery Sergeant

Chief Petty Officer

Master Sergeant Technical Sergeant

Staff Sergeant

Staff Sergeant

Petty Officer First Class Petty Officer Second Class Petty Officer Third Class

Sergeant

Staff Sergeant

Sergeant

Sergeant

Corporal or Specialist 4 Sergeant or Senior Airman Corporal

Specialist 4 Specialist 3 Specialist 2 Specialist 1

Private First Class

Airman First Class

Lance Corporal Private First Class

Seaman

Private Private

Airman

Seaman Apprentice

Airman Basic

Private

Seaman Recruit

Congress. The table on the next page shows the basic pay rates reflecting a 2.7% pay raise effective January 1, 2022. 1–4. OTHER TYPES OF PAY & ALLOWANCES. In addition to basic pay, active duty personnel often receive several other items of pay and allowances depending on their marital status, type of duties performed, professional skills, and areas of assignment. It is important to note that items of “pay” are generally subject to taxation and are included in the taxable income reported to the federal and state government at the end of the year. However, “allowance” items are not subject to taxation and are not included in annual taxable income. The most common special and incentive pay and allowances are discussed below (in alphabetical order).

Career Sea Pay: Career Sea Pay for officers, warrant officers and enlisted members can range from a monthly rate of $60 to $805 depending on paygrade and how many years of sea time. Sea pay is paid to members assigned to ships or to commands that are deployed onboard a ship. There are two incentives associated with Career Sea Pay: a. Submarine Duty Pay. This is a monthly pay for submarine crew members. The amount payable is based on the member’s rank and years of service. Enlisted crew members receive from $85 to $450 while warrant officers receive from $320 to $475. Officer payments range from $255 to $880.

CHAPTER 1 | MILITARY PAY & ALLOWANCES

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