Mo's Manic Monday - Rank

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2007 by Travis Cody in

The graphic was designed by Janna at Jannagraphics.

Welcome to another Manic Monday with Morgen. Don't forget to cruise by MM HQ at It's A Blog Eat Blog World. Today's theme is Rank.

When you see one star on the lapel of an officer, he is a Brigadier General.

If you see two stars, he is a Major General.

Three stars designates a Lieutenant General.

So what do you call an officer with four stars? You call him Sir.

In the Marine Corps, the Commandant of the Corps is a four star General. He is the highest ranking Marine and is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The 34th and current Commandant is General James T. Conway. He was awarded his 4th star in November 2006.

Another Marine, General James E. Cartright, is the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"Marine Corps Ranks are more than just who salutes whom. Marine rank is a badge of leadership. Responsibility for personnel, equipment, and mission grows with each increase in rank."

I pulled that quote from this website that explains more about the various enlisted, warrant officer, and officer ranks and pay grades in the Marine Corps.


  1. sometimes the various ranks of the different branches get a bit confusing...this helps.

    Happy Monday Travis.

  1. Shelia says:

    Thanks for the miltary rank lesson! It's become a very teaching Manic Monday. Have a great day!

  1. Anndi says:

    For some reason I have The Pirates Of Penzance in my head right now...

    "I am the very model of a modern Major-General,
    I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral,
    I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical,
    From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical;
    I 'm very well acquainted too with matters mathematical,
    I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,
    About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news ­
    With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse."

    Oh crap, now that's stuck in my head...

  1. Villager says:

    Hotep! Great MM post. Your post was educational and enlightening. Well done...

    My MM:Rank post goes back to a military theme, however, I continue to provide African American history insights as part of this weekly meme. I hope you enjoy it.

  1. good one trev, mine is somewhat like yours.

  1. Deb says:

    Great Manic Monday post! I'm not sure if my post lived up to par or not... hmmm. Please come by and visit my blog, tell me what you think! RANK IT! LOL

  1. Matt-Man says:

    And here, I thought they were all just called jar-heads. Cheers!!

  1. lisa says:

    I never knew this! thanks. Happy MM Travis.

  1. Jamie says:

    The insignia are beautiful and I love the quote about leadership.

  1. This is helpful information for something I'm working on. Thanks.

  1. Gattina says:

    I am only interested in Hotel stars, lol !

  1. Great job Travis. Very well done. Have a great MM. :)

  1. you are too young to remember the old texaco commercials "you can trust your car to the man who wears the star", i know, bad joke...

    smiles, bee

  1. Dixie says:

    I knew you would do this..WONDERFUL!


  1. Turnbaby says:

    Love this post Trav--I know I have trouble keeping them straight sometimes. And i love the quote about rank.

  1. the teach says:

    Almost did the exact same post for Manic Monday. My nephew is a Marine sargeant stationed at Camp Pendleton at the moment. He gets out next August 2008. He served 6 months in Iraq.:)

    Come visit me Travis, at "Work of the Poet."

  1. Steven says:

    There you go again, educating us! Great post!

  1. Meribah says:

    Cool! Thanks for the info, Trav! :)

  1. Travis says:

    Katherine: I have the most trouble with enlisted chevrons.

    Shelia: I've noticed that there are quite a few educational posts out there today.

    Ann: Geeez. Now it's in my head too.

    Villager: I appreciate the insights you always have in your posts.

    Sarge: Excellent...I'll be by soon.

    Deb: I'm on my way!

    Matt: That's General Jar-Head!

    Lisa: Glad I could be of service!

  1. Travis says:

    Jamie: Isn't that a great quote?

    Charles: Please to be of service.

    Gattina: Well, I guess those are important too.

    Sandee: Thank you Ma'am.

    Bee: I have seen clips of those commercials!

    Dixie: Awwww shucks. Oooo-RAH!

    Turn: My buddies tease me all the time because I always screw up the enlisted ranks.

    Teach: I thank your nephew for his service and his sacrifice.

    Steven: Ain't I a stinker?!?!?

    Meri: You are welcome my dear!

  1. Bond says:

    As always a respectful tribute to The Marines...nice done Travis

  1. Jamie says:

    Travis, Yes both of those pictures were Wendy Hiller. The young one would have been in the late 1930s or early 40s and the latter probably just before her retirement 50 years later.

  1. Julie says:

    Very very good Travis! I must admit though...I was hoping for your dance review...guess I'll have to wait just a little longer huh?

  1. Linda says:

    I see that many of us brilliant minds thought alike this week when it came to rank!

    Great post! Very nicely done, as always.

  1. Travis says:

    V: Thanks dude.

    Jamie: I thought so.

    Julie: Awww! You were about 10 minutes early. I was adding some thoughts and trying to polish things up.

    Linda: Thanks Ma'am!

  1. Stine says:

    I think I'll call them Sir regardless...

  1. Marilyn says:

    My ex was in the National Guard and had all this stuff memorized, but for the Army. I'm glad somebody knows it because I have a hard time remembering it all.

  1. Marilyn says:

    Geee.... Andi's comment is impresive. You think she did that from memory?

  1. Travis says:

    Stine: That's probably best.

    Marilyn: It's harder for me to remember enlisted. And I wouldn't put it past Anndi to have known that off the top of her head.

  1. Ooo-rah, Trav. You are an awesome "almost" Marine, you know that?