The organization of the military can be difficult to follow for citizens with friends or family in the military. This can make it very difficult for people to paint the picture when listening to a military story about the different units and ranks.
We have designed a diagram that describes the different units and ranks for the U.S. Army, so our fellow American citizens can follow along in the next military-focused conversation. We hope this helps you better understand what position your friend or family member is within the Army.
There are additional units that Army soldiers can be apart of that are considered specialty units, such as the following:
These specialty units require specific training; therefore, when a soldier chooses a specialty unit, they work only in that unit and are rarely switched to other units, and can only promote their rank within the specialty unit.
The division of rank and units is to keep the Army organized and to help soldiers understand what their duties are, when they can promote and the amount of soldiers they are in-charge of. Without this organization our military operations would be very disorganized, and it would be much more difficult for soldiers to get promoted in rank.
We hope this break down helps you better understand the Army lingo in your next conversation with a soldier. Look out for the breakdowns of the Navy, Marine Crops and Air Force units and ranks coming in the follow weeks!