U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary

Commissioned Officer

Officers who have been designated as “officers and gentlemen” by the Congress on the advice of the President. The commissioned ranks are: Second Lieutenant, First Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel, Brigadier General, Major General, Lieutenant General and General. (background) Noncommissioned officers are rated and warrant officers are granted warrants to their grade. Enlisted Marines are fond of making note that their parents made them gentlemen, it did not require an act of Congress.

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