USMC Rank Chevrons through the ages..since 1917
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    USMC Rank Chevrons through the ages..since 1917

    I thought I'd post these since a question was asked. Old Salts by all means chime in where needed!

    ALL images are courtesy of Jaroslav Jochman.


    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



    I weep for what this country is becoming, and fear for my children and grandchildren's future if any more democrats gain national office. We lose more and more freedoms every single day to creeping nannystatism and those who vote for Democrats only want to increase that. Anyone voting for a 'dem' is someone who likely wants to take everything YOU have worked for and mortgage your kids future as well.
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    The Malignant Leprechaun


  2. #2

    USMC Rank Chevrons 1929-1946

    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



    I weep for what this country is becoming, and fear for my children and grandchildren's future if any more democrats gain national office. We lose more and more freedoms every single day to creeping nannystatism and those who vote for Democrats only want to increase that. Anyone voting for a 'dem' is someone who likely wants to take everything YOU have worked for and mortgage your kids future as well.
    ****
    v/r
    The Malignant Leprechaun


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    1946-Present day

    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)


    I weep for what this country is becoming, and fear for my children and grandchildren's future if any more democrats gain national office. We lose more and more freedoms every single day to creeping nannystatism and those who vote for Democrats only want to increase that. Anyone voting for a 'dem' is someone who likely wants to take everything YOU have worked for and mortgage your kids future as well.
    ****
    v/r
    The Malignant Leprechaun


  4. #4
    Whew you done a job I like our rank structure of today.


  5. #5
    Wow, I didn't realize how much it's changed over time. I like our current rank structure, seems a lot more simple than some of the past ones.


  6. #6
    I don't know to be a 1917 PFC with some crossed rifles is pretty slick.

    Thanks for the post Sgt. Interesting material.

    I will take the crossed rifles over the harp any day


  7. #7
    Imagine reciting the 1929 rank structure in recruit training!

    I'll post more of the rank structure history as I come across it.

    I weep for what this country is becoming, and fear for my children and grandchildren's future if any more democrats gain national office. We lose more and more freedoms every single day to creeping nannystatism and those who vote for Democrats only want to increase that. Anyone voting for a 'dem' is someone who likely wants to take everything YOU have worked for and mortgage your kids future as well.
    ****
    v/r
    The Malignant Leprechaun


  8. #8

    A few more

    Thought I'd post a couple more chevrons here. These are photos, not drawings.

    1stSgt. Likely made before 1942.


    Gunnery Sergeant.


    I weep for what this country is becoming, and fear for my children and grandchildren's future if any more democrats gain national office. We lose more and more freedoms every single day to creeping nannystatism and those who vote for Democrats only want to increase that. Anyone voting for a 'dem' is someone who likely wants to take everything YOU have worked for and mortgage your kids future as well.
    ****
    v/r
    The Malignant Leprechaun


  9. #9
    SSgt. WWII era or 1930's

    Dress blues:


    Khaki:


    I weep for what this country is becoming, and fear for my children and grandchildren's future if any more democrats gain national office. We lose more and more freedoms every single day to creeping nannystatism and those who vote for Democrats only want to increase that. Anyone voting for a 'dem' is someone who likely wants to take everything YOU have worked for and mortgage your kids future as well.
    ****
    v/r
    The Malignant Leprechaun


  10. #10
    Pre WWII 1st Sgt:
    (It's reversed, showing the construction)





    1stSgt, WWII era on khaki:


    I weep for what this country is becoming, and fear for my children and grandchildren's future if any more democrats gain national office. We lose more and more freedoms every single day to creeping nannystatism and those who vote for Democrats only want to increase that. Anyone voting for a 'dem' is someone who likely wants to take everything YOU have worked for and mortgage your kids future as well.
    ****
    v/r
    The Malignant Leprechaun


  11. #11
    The latter few pictures came from US Militaria Forums.

    I weep for what this country is becoming, and fear for my children and grandchildren's future if any more democrats gain national office. We lose more and more freedoms every single day to creeping nannystatism and those who vote for Democrats only want to increase that. Anyone voting for a 'dem' is someone who likely wants to take everything YOU have worked for and mortgage your kids future as well.
    ****
    v/r
    The Malignant Leprechaun


  12. #12


    Courtesy of HH Booker. Love the pay scale. This is a pocket chart, BTW which is why it's so small. Dated 1939.

    I weep for what this country is becoming, and fear for my children and grandchildren's future if any more democrats gain national office. We lose more and more freedoms every single day to creeping nannystatism and those who vote for Democrats only want to increase that. Anyone voting for a 'dem' is someone who likely wants to take everything YOU have worked for and mortgage your kids future as well.
    ****
    v/r
    The Malignant Leprechaun


  13. #13
    We have come a long way do you have a pay scale of today?


  14. #14
    Yep.

    I'm not smart enough to do a 'side by side' but here's the link to the current pay charts:

    http://www.dfas.mil/militarypay/mili...ayCharts35.pdf




    I weep for what this country is becoming, and fear for my children and grandchildren's future if any more democrats gain national office. We lose more and more freedoms every single day to creeping nannystatism and those who vote for Democrats only want to increase that. Anyone voting for a 'dem' is someone who likely wants to take everything YOU have worked for and mortgage your kids future as well.
    ****
    v/r
    The Malignant Leprechaun


  15. #15
    Couple more before I call it a day:

    Corporal, worn on a single sleeve, likely dating from the 1870's.



    Sergeant:



    1st Sgt:



    I weep for what this country is becoming, and fear for my children and grandchildren's future if any more democrats gain national office. We lose more and more freedoms every single day to creeping nannystatism and those who vote for Democrats only want to increase that. Anyone voting for a 'dem' is someone who likely wants to take everything YOU have worked for and mortgage your kids future as well.
    ****
    v/r
    The Malignant Leprechaun


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