The army of the United States reflects in many ways the society of the country and its great plurality.
With a staff of 480,000, the Army has approximately 69,174 officers and 12,482 warrant officers, making the officers, with 14.4 percent of the staff, a relatively high rate within the army by international standards. An officer faces an average of 7 teams and NCOs.
By contrast, the average age is relatively young in comparison. 36 percent of soldiers are younger than 25, 22 percent are younger than 30 and 25 percent are younger than 40 years.
Crew and NCOs without Portepee
- Private First Class
Private (1), Private First Class (2), Specialist (3), Corporal (4), Sergeant (5)
The rank of Specialist is equal to that of the Corporal. However, the specialist has technical skills that are beyond the scope of a corporal. Comparable with the disciplines within the Bundeswehr (german army).
NCOs with Portepee
- Staff Sergeant
- Sergeant First Class
- Master Sergeant
- First Sergeant
- Sergeant Major
- Command Sergeant Major
- Sergeant Major of the Army
Staff Sergeant (6), Sergeant First Class (7), Master Sergeant (8), First Sergeant (9), Sergeant Major (10), Command Sergeant Major (11), Sergeant Major of the Army (12)
The rank of Sergeant Major of the Army is most likely to serve as a kind of intermediary position. The position is intended for the Chief of Staff of the Army as a consultant and should decide between the General Staff and the troops regarding the operational readiness.
- Warrant Officer 1
- Chief Warrant Officer 2
- Chief Warrant Officer 3
- Chief Warrant Officer 4
- Chief Warrant Officer 5
Warrant Officer 1 (13), Chief Warrant Officer 2 (14), Chief Warrant Officer 3 (15), Chief Warrant Officer 4 (16), Chief Warrant Officer 5 (17)
The career of the Warrant Officer is comparable to the military service of the Bundeswehr (german army).
Following his appointment as Chief Warrant Officer 2 by Warrant Officer 1 Secretary of the Army, he is sworn in by the President and given a commission similar to the Officers' Patent.
- Second Lieutenant
- First Lieutenant
- Lieutenant Colonel
Second Lieutenant (18), First Lieutenant (19), Captain (20), Major (21), Lieutenant Colonel (22), Colonel (23)
Officers receive their appointment to the Officer Corps (commission) of the US President, initially as Reserve Officers. When promoted to Major, they may be assigned by the President of the Regular Army, provided that they have the approval and, in addition, a recommendation from the US Senate. However, these reservists must not be equated with reservists of the German Armed Forces, since their service involves much more than to participate only in military exercises.
Once officers have obtained their patent, they undergo intensive multi-level military training, combined with partial force-specific action, and can continue to Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Evidence of specific training is indispensable for promotion to certain levels of service.
Officers are assigned to a partial force until they reach the rank of Brigadier General. From this point on, they will be given such a degree of competence that will enable them to command soldiers from any part of the armed forces, and therefore also mixed formations.
- Brigadier General
- Major General
- Lieutenant General
- General of the Army
Brigadier General (24), Major General (25), Lieutenant General (26), General (27), General of the Army (28)
The rank of General of the Army is awarded only in wartime with the approval of the US Congress.
You can find the right literature here:
United States Army (Torque Books: Armed Forces)
The Army is one of the largest ground forces in the world. It uses many different vehicles and tools to accomplish missions. Students will discover how the military uses the latest technology to outfit their troops and vehicles for 21st century warfare.
United States Army: The Definitive Illustrated History
Through glorious victories, devastating defeats, and incredible displays of bravery, award-winning author D.M. Giangreco immerses us in the thrilling history of the U.S. Army. From the defeat of British general Charles Cornwallis at Yorktown, to Antietam on the bloodiest day of the Civil War, to D-Day, the Tet Offensive, Operation Desert Sabre, and beyond, here is a matchless portrait of the world's greatest democracy in wartime. Filled with more than 1,400 photographs and historic paintings, United StatesArmy is a fitting testament to the valor and sacrifice of America's ground troops.
Encyclopedia of United States Army Insignia and Uniforms
William K. Emerson’s Encyclopedia of United States Army Insignia and Uniforms is the first comprehensive, well-illustrated, fully researched, and completely documented history of U.S. Army branch insignia and the uniforms on which those insignia were worn. More than two thousand photographs illustrate the actual branch insignia used by men and women of the U.S. Army during war and peace from American independence to the present. This book tells the story of the major army branches - infantry, artillery, cavalry, and engineers - as well as the service and support branches comprising doctors and nurses, chaplains, musicians, quartermasters, military police, and the many others whom have made up the U.S. Army.
United States Army (U.S. Armed Forces)
Little readers will learn the essentials of the United States Army (how the Army keeps us safe, various jobs, weapons and machinery, and more) through easy-to-read, simple text. Readers will love the exciting full-bleed photographs, bolded glossary terms, and More Facts section. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Abdo Kids is a division of ABDO.
Hunters: U.S. Snipers in the War on Terror
Here, in their own words, are the compelling true stories of the snipers whose sole purpose is to eliminate the enemy with a single bullet. From Iraq to Afghanistan, this is life and death as seen through the scope of a high-powered rifle.
These snipers’ stories illustrate the mental discipline and psychological strength that they must possess to accomplish their missions, the effect a sniper’s skill and reputation has on the enemy, and how they deal with the stark reality of their work after the target is neutralized—and after a sniper returns to civilian life.
Part wartime chronicle, part psychological exploration of the warrior mind, and part exposé into a secretive brotherhood of military snipers, Hunters is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn the truth about war when it’s fought one kill at a time.