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United States Air Force Ranks

Updated on March 11, 2013

Ranks of The Air Force

Wondering what the Air Force ranks are? You're in the right place. Learn about the United States Air Force ranks and postitions such as Air Force airmen, Air Force sergeants, and Air Force chiefs!

The Official United States Air Force Website

Air Force Airman Tier

Air Force Rank Structure

This tier consists of airman basic (AB), airman (Amn), airman first class (A1C), and senior airman (SrA). It is the first tier of the three-tier enlisted force structure.

Airman Basic (AB): The Airman Basic is an apprentice who is acquiring and demonstrating knowledge of military customs, traditions, courtesies, and Air Force standards while learning both technical and military skills.

Airmen (Amn):They wear a chevron of one stripe with a silver star in the center. Pay grade is E-2.

Airman First Class (A1C): They wear a chevron of two stripes with a silver star in the center. Pay grade is E-3.

Senior Airmen (SrA): They wear a chevron of three stripes with a silver star in the center. Pay grade is E-4.

Staff Sergeants (SSgt): They wear a chevron of four stripes with a silver star in the center. Pay grade is E-5.

Master Sergeants (MSgt): They wear a chevron of six stripes with a silver star in the center. One of the six stripes is in an inverted V position above the star.

Senior Master Sergeants (SMSgt):They wear a chevron of seven stripes with a silver star in the center. Two of the seven stripes are in an inverted position above the star.

Chief Master Sergeants (CMSgt):They wear a chevron of eight stripes with a silver star in the center. Three of the eight stripes are in an inverted position above the star.

First Sergeant: They can be in the pay grades of E-7, E-8, or E-9.

Command Chief Master Sergeants (CCM)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF)

The Airman's Creed

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