10 U.S. Code § 5502 - Marine Corps: grades above chief warrant officer, W–5

The commissioned grades in the Marine Corps above the grade of chief warrant officer, W–5, are:
(1) General.
(2) Lieutenant general.
(3) Major general.
(4) Brigadier general.
(5) Colonel.
(6) Lieutenant colonel.
(7) Major.
(8) Captain.
(9) First lieutenant.
(10) Second lieutenant.


(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 314; Pub. L. 102–190, div. A, title XI, § 1131(8)(A),Dec. 5, 1991, 105 Stat. 1506.)

Historical and Revision Notes
Revised section Source (U.S. Code) Source (Statutes at Large)
5502 34 U.S.C. 651. R.S. 1603.
34 U.S.C. 629. July 1, 1918, ch. 114, 40 Stat. 715 (1st par.).
34 U.S.C. 623b(a) (as applicable to grade of lieutenant general). Aug. 7, 1947, ch. 512, § 415(a) (as applicable to grade of lieutenant general), 61 Stat. 876.
34 U.S.C. 622 (as applicable to grade of general). Jan. 20, 1942, ch. 10, § 1, 56 Stat. 10; Aug. 7, 1947, ch. 512, § 429 (as applicable to grade of general), 61 Stat. 880.

R.S. 1603 provides that officers of the Marine Corps shall be on the same footing as officers of similar grades in the Army. Recognition is made of the grades existing in the Army for the purpose of listing the grades authorized for the Marine Corps.
The provisions of the Act of July 1, 1918, ch. 114, 40 Stat. 715 (1st par.), pertaining to the appointment of a major general in addition to the Major General Commandant and a temporary major general were superseded by the Act of May 29, 1934, ch. 367, § 2,48 Stat. 812, which in turn was repealed by § 436(e) of the Officer Personnel Act of 1947, 61 Stat. 882.

1991—Pub. L. 102–190substituted “W–5” for “W–4” in section catchline and text.
Effective Date of 1991 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 102–190effective Feb. 1, 1992, see section 1132 ofPub. L. 102–190, set out as a note under section 521 of this title.

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