United States Air Force

air warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces
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The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. It was a part of the United States Army until September 18, 1947.[1] The USAF is the largest and most of technologically advanced modern air force in the world, with over 9,000 aircraft in service[2] and about 352,000 men and women on active duty.[3]

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Officer RanksEdit

Pay grade O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6 O-7 O-8 O-9 O-10 Special
Insignia                      
Title Second
Lieutenant
First
Lieutenant
Captain Major Lieutenant
Colonel
Colonel Brigadier
General
Major
General
Lieutenant
General
General General
of the Air Force
Abbreviation2 2d Lt 1st Lt Capt Maj Lt Col Col Brig Gen Maj Gen Lt Gen Gen GAF
NATO Code OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6 OF-7 OF-8 OF-9 OF-10

1 Awarded as an honorary rank or during periods of a declared war.
2 No periods are used in actual grade abbreviation.

Warrant officersEdit

The Air Force warrant officer ranks, while authorized by law, are not used.

Enlisted airmenEdit

 
Pararescuemen and a simulated "survivor" watch as an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter comes in for a landing.
US DoD Pay grade E-1 E-2 E-3 E-4 E-5 E-6 E-7 E-8 E-9
Insignia No Insignia                          
Title Airman
Basic
Airman Airman First
Class
Senior
Airman
Staff
Sergeant
Technical
Sergeant
Master
Sergeant
¹
Senior Master
Sergeant
¹
Chief Master
Sergeant
¹
Command Chief
Master Sergeant
Chief Master Sergeant
of the Air Force
Abbreviation AB Amn A1C SrA SSgt TSgt MSgt SMSgt CMSgt CCM CMSAF
NATO Code OR-1 OR-2 OR-3 OR-4 OR-5 OR-6 OR-7 OR-8 OR-9 OR-9 OR-9

¹ The USAF does not have a separate First Sergeant rank; it is instead a duty denoted by a diamond within the upper field.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 80 P.L. 235, 61 Stat. 495 (1947); Air Force Link, (2006) "Factsheets: The U.S. Air Force". Retrieved April 7, 2006.
  2. "2008 Air Force Almanac", AIR FORCE Magazine, May 2008, p.61.
  3. "2008 Air Force Almanac", AIR FORCE Magazine, May 2008, p.48.