Rear admiral (United States)

Rear admiral in the United States refers to two different ranks of commissioned officers — one-star flag officers and two-star flag officers. By contrast, in most nations, the term "rear admiral" refers to an officer of two-star rank.

Rear admiral (lower half)

Rear admiral (lower half)
US Navy O7 insignia.svg
The star, shoulder boards, and sleeve stripes of a US Navy rear admiral (lower half) (Line officer)
Country United States of America
Service branch
AbbreviationRDML
RankOne-star
NATO rankOF-6
Non-NATO rankO-7
Next higher rankRear admiral
Next lower rankCaptain
Equivalent ranks

Rear admiral (lower half) (abbreviated as RDML), is a one-star flag officer, with the pay grade of O-7 in the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard, the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps. The abbreviation for personnel from the USN, USCG, and NOAA is RDML, whereas for the USPHS, the rank abbreviation is RADM.[1] Rear admiral (lower half) ranks above captain and below rear admiral. Rear admiral (lower half) is equivalent to the rank of brigadier general in the other uniformed services, and equivalent to the rank of commodore in most other navies.[2] In the United States uniformed services, rear admiral (lower half) replaced the rank of commodore in 1983.

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