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Encyclopedia > Major (United States)
Insignia of a Major in the United States Military
Insignia of a Major in the United States Military

Major is a rank used in the United States Army, United States Air Force, and United States Marine Corps, and is the equivalent of a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard. USAF Major insignia, public domain image from af. ... USAF Major insignia, public domain image from af. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces that has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aviation branch of the United States armed forces. ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military. ... In the Royal Navy, United States Navy and United States Coast Guard, a lieutenant commander (lieutenant-commander or Lt Cdr in the RN) is a commissioned officer superior to a lieutenant and inferior to a commander. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Coast Guard shield The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is the coast guard of the United States. ...


The insignia consists of a gold oak leaf. The rank of Major is considered the first field grade officer grade and warrants gold trim worn on the visor of the cap. In the Star Trek fictional universe, a VISOR is a device used to scan the electromagnetic spectrum, create visual input, and transmit it into the brain of the wearer via the optic nerves. ...


A major typically serves as primary Staff Officer for brigade and task force command regarding personnel, logistical and operational missions. In addition, majors will command augmented Companies in Combat Service and Service Support units. Brigade is a term from military science which refers to a group of several battalions (typically two to four), and directly attached supporting units (normally including at least an artillery battery and additional logistic support). ... A task force or task group is a temporary organization formed to work on a single defined task or activity. ...


The rank is also used in some police departments.

U.S. commissioned officer ranks Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... In military organizations, a commissioned officer is a member of the service who derives authority directly from a sovereign power, and as such holds a commission from that power. ...

  Student Officer O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6 O-7 O-8 O-9 O-10 O-11 (wartime only) Special Grade
United States Navy: MIDN/OC ENS LTJG LT LCDR CDR CAPT RDML RADM VADM ADM FADM Admiral of
the Navy
United States Marine Corps: Midn 2ndLt 1stLt Capt Maj LtCol Col BGen MajGen LtGen Gen (no equivalent) (no equivalent)
United States Army: Cdt 2LT 1LT CPT MAJ LTC COL BG MG LTG GEN General of
the Army
General of the Armies
United States Air Force: Cadet 2nd Lt 1st Lt Capt Maj Lt Col Col Brig Gen Maj Gen Lt Gen Gen General of
the Air Force
(no equivalent)
United States Coast Guard: CDT ENS LTJG LT LCDR CDR CAPT RDML RADM VADM ADM (no equivalent) (no equivalent)

 
 

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