Marine Corps Enlisted Emblem Old USMC Rank Marine Corps Officer Emblem

Enlisted rank insignia 1912-1917
Rank description

"Private" has no rank insignia
1. Corporal
2. Sergeant
3. Gunnery Sergeant
4. First Sergeant
5. Quartermaster Sergeant
6. Pay Quartermaster Sergeant
7. Drum Major
8. Sergeant Major



Enlisted rank insignia 1917-1922
Rank description

"Private" has no rank insignia
1. Private First Class (since 1917)
2. Corporal
3. Sergeant
4. Gunnery Sergeant
5. First Sergeant
6. Quartermaster Sergeant
7. Pay Quartermaster Sergeant
8. Drum Major
9. Sergeant Major



Enlisted rank insignia 1922-1929
Rank description

"Private" has no rank insignia
1. Private First Class **
2. Corporal
3. Sergeant
4. Gunnery Sergeant
5. First Sergeant
6. Staff Sergeant (since 1923)
7. Drum Major *
8. Supply Sergeant (since 1923)
9. Quartermaster Sergeant
10. Master Technical Sergeant (since 1923)
11. Pay Quartermaster Sergeant
12. Sergeant Major


Notice * : in 1922 change of 1912 chevron design
Notice ** : in 1922 change of 1917 chevron design



Enlisted rank insignia 1929-1937
Rank description

"Private" has no rank insignia
1. Musician Marine Band
2. Trumpeter (different for right and left sleeve, the trumpet is facing forward)
3. Drummer
4. Assistant Cook
5. Trumpeter First Class
6. Drummer First Class
7. Private First Class
8. Mess Corporal or Field Cook
9. Trumpet Corporal
10. Drum Corporal
11. Corporal
12. Mess Sergeant or Chief Cook
13. Trumpet Sergeant
14. Drum Sergeant
15. Sergeant
16. Platoon Sergeant
17. Staff Sergeant (Mess)
18. Staff Sergeant
19. Technical Sergeant (Mess)
20. Technical Sergeant
21. Drum Major
22. Supply Sergeant
23. Gunnery Sergeant **
24. First Sergeant
25. Master Gunnery Sergeant
26. Paymaster Sergeant
27. Master Technical Sergeant (Mess)
28. Master Technical Sergeant
29. Quartermaster Sergeant
30. Sergeant Major

Notice ** : in 1922 change of 1912 chevron design


Enlisted rank insignia 1937-1944

Rank description

"Private" has no rank insignia
1. Musician Marine Band
2. Private First Class or
Assistant Cook **
Trumpeter First Class **
Drummer First Class **
3. Corporal or
Mess Corporal **
Field Cook **
Trumpet Corporal **
Drum Corporal **
4. Sergeant or
Mess Sergeant **
Chief Cook **
Trumpet Sergeant **
Drum Sergeant **
5. Staff Sergeant ** or
Staff Sergeant (Mechanical) **
Staff Sergeant (Mess) **
6. Platoon Sergeant **
7. Technical Sergeant or
Technical Sergeant (Mess) **
Drum Major **
Supply Sergeant **
8. Gunnery Sergeant ** or
First Sergeant **
9. Master Technical Sergeant or
Master Technical Sergeant (Mess) **
Quartermaster Sergeant **
Paymaster Sergeant **
10. Sergeant Major or
Master Gunnery Sergeant **
11. Second Leader, Marine Band

Notice ** : in 1937 change of 1922 chevron design


Enlisted rank insignia 1944-1946
Rank description

"Private" has no rank insignia
1. Private First Class
2. Corporal
3. Sergeant
4. Staff Sergeant
5. Platoon Sergeant
6. Technical Sergeant
7. Gunnery Sergeant
8. Master Gunnery Sergeant or
Master Technical Sergeant
Quartermaster Sergeant
Paymaster Sergeant
9. Sergeant Major or
First Sergeant **

Notice ** : in 1944 change of 1937 chevron design



Enlisted rank insignia 1946-1959
Rank description

"Private" has no rank insignia
1. Private First Class
2. Corporal
3. Sergeant
4. Staff Sergeant
5. Gunnery Sergeant
6. Master Sergeant
7. First Sergeant
8. Sergeant Major



Enlisted rank insignia 1959-Present
Rank description

"Private" has no rank insignia
1. Private First Class
2. Lance Corporal
3. Corporal
4. Sergeant
5. Staff Sergeant
6. Gunnery Sergeant
7. Master Sergeant
8. First Sergeant
9. Sergeant Major
10. Master Gunnery Sergeant
11. Sergeant Major of the Corps (since 1957)


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