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Civilian to Military Rank - FederalPay.org

Military Rank to Civilian equivalency tables are created by each branch of the military. These tables help civilian and military personnel determine proper conduct for social and diplomatic purposes when interacting with each other. In the federal government and particularly in the Department of Defense interactions between military and civilian employees is common. When these interactions occur, clear social relationships are important – particularly for military personnel who are accustomed to a riged hierarchical structure.

The equivalent ranks listed below show which positions are equal in terms of respect and seniority. Generally, civilian employees are paid more compared to someone they are equal to socially.

These mappings are estimates and are rough estimates. Age and experience level are a huge factor and is often more significant than grade alone. If you see a problem with this information please contact us with your suggestions.

Equivalent Civilian to Military Ranks

Civilian GradeMilitary RankArmy Title
GS-1E-1Private
GS-2E-2Private 2
GS-3E-3Private First Class
GS-4, GS-5E-4Specialist, Corporal
GS-6E-5Sergeant
GS-6, GS-7E-6Staff Sergeant
GS-7E-7Sergeant First Class
GS-7E-8Master Sergeant or First Sergeant
GS-7E-9Sergeant Major or Command Sergeant Major
GS-8W-1Warrant Officer 1
GS-8W-2Chief Warrant Officer 2
GS-8W-3Chief Warrant Officer 3
GS-8W-4Chief Warrant Officer 4
GS-8W-5Master Warrant Officer
GS-9O-1Second Lieutenant
GS-10O-2First Lieutenant
GS-11, GS-12O-3Captain
GS-13O-4Major
GS-14O-5Lieutenant Colonel
GS-15O-6Colonel
SES Level VO-7Brigadier General
SES Level IVO-8Major General
SES Level IIIO-9Lieutenant General
SES Level I & Level IIO-10Army General


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