Comparison of Military and Civilian Equivalent Grades
|O-8||Rear Admiral (Upper Half)||SES*/GS-16,17, or 18|
|O-7||Rear Admiral (Lower Half)||SES*/GS-16,17, or 18|
|O-5||Commander||GS/GM-13-14||WS-14 thru WS-19,|
|O-1||Ensign||GS-7||WS-8 thru WS-11
WL-8 thru WL-14
|W-4||Chief Warrant||GS-8-9||WG-12 thru WG-15|
|E-9||Master Chief Petty Officer||GS-6|
|E-8||Senior Chief Petty Officer||GS-6||WS-1 thru WS-7|
|E-7||Chief Petty Officer||GS-6||WL-1 thru WL-5|
|E-6||Petty Officer 1st Class||GS-5||WG-9 thru WG-11|
|E-5||Petty Officer 2nd Class||GS-4|
|E-4||Petty Officer 3rd Class||GS-4|
|E-3||Seaman||GS-1-3||WG-1 thru WG-8|
*All SES [Senior Executive Service] are considered
equivalent to "Flag" rank. However, the specific position determines their
equivalency within the "Flag" level.
For example, a Deputy Commander of a Systems Command would be considered the same as what a military would be in a similar position.
Source of information: DOD JTR, Appendix C, 9/1/76, Table of Military and Civilian Equivalent Grades for Prisoner of War Identification - Geneva Convention.
Note: This is the only known information available that shows military/civilian grade equivalencies: therefore, it should be used only as a guide. Table has been updated to reflect current ranks, pay plans, and grades.
Source of document: "Comparison of Military and Civilian Equivalent Grades," n.d., located in "Ranks" vertical file. [Information received by the Navy Department Library from the Bureau of Personnel (BUPERS) on 5 April 1994.].
Related Source: Why is the Colonel Called "Kernal"? The Origin of the Ranks and Rank Insignia Now Used by the United States Armed Forces