14 U.S. Code § 41 - Grades and ratings

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In the Coast Guard there shall be an admiral, vice admirals; rear admirals; rear admirals (lower half); captains; commanders; lieutenant commanders; lieutenants; lieutenants (junior grade); ensigns; chief warrant officers; cadets; warrant officers; and enlisted members. Enlisted members shall be distributed in ratings established by the Secretary.

Source

(Aug. 4, 1949, ch. 393, 63 Stat. 497; Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, §§ 6, 53, 70A Stat. 620, 679; Pub. L. 86–474, § 1(1),May 14, 1960, 74 Stat. 144; Pub. L. 92–451, § 1(1),Oct. 2, 1972, 86 Stat. 755; Pub. L. 97–417, § 2(1),Jan. 4, 1983, 96 Stat. 2085; Pub. L. 98–557, § 15(a)(3)(B), (C),Oct. 30, 1984, 98 Stat. 2865; Pub. L. 99–145, title V, § 514(a)(2),Nov. 8, 1985, 99 Stat. 628; Pub. L. 103–337, div. A, title V, § 541(f)(4),Oct. 5, 1994, 108 Stat. 2766.)
Historical and Revision Notes

1949 Act
Based on title 14, U.S.C., 1946 ed., §§ 5, 9, 21 (Apr. 12, 1902, ch. 501, § 1,32 Stat. 100; Jan. 28, 1915, ch. 20, § 2,38 Stat. 801; May 18, 1920, ch. 190, § 8,41 Stat. 603; June 5, 1920, ch. 235, § 1,41 Stat. 879; Jan. 12, 1923, ch. 25, §§ 1, 2,42 Stat. 1130; July 3, 1926, ch. 742, §§ 3, 9, 10,44 Stat. 815, 817).
The grades of vice admiral and rear admiral are added to make provision for the commissioned officer personnel structure of the service as provided for in this revision. The entire rating structure for enlisted men is left to the administrative discretion of the Secretary, as in the past, for reasons of flexibility.
The last two paragraphs of said section 5 are obsolete and have been omitted.
Changes were made in phraseology. 81st Congress, House Report No. 557.

1956 Act
Revised section Source (U.S. Code) Source (Statutes at Large)
41 14:41.
34:135a(a) (less last sentence, as applicable to temporary appointments). Aug. 4, 1949, ch. 393, § 1(41), 63 Stat. 497.
May 29, 1954, ch. 249, § 3(a) (less 3d and last sentences, as applicable to temporary appointments), 68 Stat. 157.

Amendments

1994—Pub. L. 103–337substituted “chief warrant officers; cadets; warrant officers;” for “chief warrant officers, W–4; chief warrant officers, W–3; chief warrant officers, W–2; cadets; warrant officers, W–1;”.
1985—Pub. L. 99–145substituted “rear admirals (lower half)” for “commodores”.
1984—Pub. L. 98–557substituted “members” for “men” in two places.
1983—Pub. L. 97–417inserted “commodores;” after “rear admirals;”.
1972—Pub. L. 92–451substituted “vice admirals” for “a vice admiral”.
1960—Pub. L. 86–474inserted the grade of admiral.
1956—Act Aug. 10, 1956, repealed and reenacted section by general amendment thereby substituting “chief warrant officers, W–4; chief warrant officers, W–3; chief warrant officers, W–2” for “commissioned warrant officers”, and “warrant officers, W–1” for “warrant officers”.
Effective Date of 1994 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 103–337effective on the first day of the fourth month beginning after Oct. 5, 1994, see section 541(h) ofPub. L. 103–337, set out as a note under section 571 of Title 10, Armed Forces.
Effective Date of 1972 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 92–451effective Oct. 2, 1972, except that continuation boards may not be held until one year thereafter, see section 3 ofPub. L. 92–451, set out as a note under section 290 of this title.

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14 USCDescription of ChangeSession YearPublic LawStatutes at Large
§ 41prec2012112-213 [Sec.] 216(a)126 Stat. 1555

 

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