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The ranks within the Marine System are fairly straightforward, where each rank is clearly delineated.

Officers present at Marine Headquarters are considered the elite forces of the Marines, about three ranks higher in terms of power from those of the same rank at other bases. All ranks present from "Lieutenant" above are usually trained here, exceptions being those in command of other Marine bases

This page will list the Marine ranks and the soldiers who hold the titles.

Rank Insignia

The Marines do not have a system of rank insignia per se. There is significant variation in the kind of uniform worn by officers, with many options to wear a variety of dress showcasing their own eccentric style. Marines are also allowed to wield whatever weapon they are most comfortable with, no matter how unusual it is. They are even free to fight bare-handed. However, as a general rule set down by the author, uniform guidelines are as follows:

  • Upon first entering the Marines, new recruits are given the standard uniform, consisting of a white, short-sleeved shirt emblazoned with the Marine emblem; a simplified gull with the word "MARINE" underneath it, on the back; a blue neckerchief; dark blue trousers; and a baseball cap also with the word "MARINE" across the front. All officers at the rank of seaman (一等兵 Ittōhei) and below wear this. The quasi-rank of "Zatsuyō" (雑用 Zatsuyō) adds the kanji 雑 Zatsu ("various" or "odds and ends") to the sleeves, and to the Marine emblem on the back.
  • Once an officer has reached the rank of petty officer (伍長 Gochō), he or she can choose from a number of different uniforms, including his or her personal clothes. Only those who really want to appear "sailor-like" will stay with a more traditional uniform.
  • Sailors at the rank of ensign (少尉 Shōi) and above are allowed to wear the coat with "Justice" (正義 Seigi) on the back. This coat tends to be worn like a cape, draped over the shoulders with the arms not in the sleeves. It should be noted that the sleeves of these coats are often much longer than the wearers' arms.
  • For the rank of lieutenant commander (少佐 Shōsa) and above, a suit worn underneath the "Justice" coat is the preferred attire.

There are, of course, exceptions: as some marines wear their own clothes with the "MARINE" hat, despite holding certain ranks that require they were the proper uniform. This may have something to do with the exceptional circumstances by how these men were brought into their present situation, or it may simply be lenience on the part of their commanding officer.

Commissioned Marine Officer

The eleven ranks from Fleet Admiral to Ensign are known as Marine Commissioned Officer (海軍将校 Kaigun Shōkō).

Fleet Admiral

"Fleet Admiral" (元帥 Gensui) is the highest Marine rank, and is the commander of the entire organization. It is just above admiral but below the World Government Commander-in-Chief and the Five Elders. The fleet admiral and the three admirals are the only ones within the Marines capable of legally initiating a Buster Call, as well as granting World Government agents or lower ranking Marines the right to do so. The same also applies to the revocation of a Warlord of the Sea title.

The uniform wore by the Fleet Admiral is heavily stylized although the coat remains practically the same. The coat has pure gold epaulets and white cuffs although, this can be changed.

Current Fleet Admiral Former Fleet Admirals

Admiral

Further information: Admirals

"Admiral" (大将 Taishō) is the second highest rank in the Marines. There are only three Marines who hold this title at any given time, and they are crowned as the World Government's "Greatest Military Powers" (最高戦力 Saikō Senryoku), as each of them possess deadly combat abilities. They are the only Marines, along with the fleet admiral, able to issue a Buster Call on any island they deem a threat.

A Marine Admiral will wear a Justice coat with golden epaulettes and cuffs corresponding to the color of their alias. In addition, the attire of the admiral will often match the color of their alias.

Current Admiral Former Admirals
  • Heiwa (promoted to fleet admiral)

Vice Admiral

Further information: Vice Admiral

"Vice Admiral" (中将 Chūjō) is the third highest rank in the Marines. These officers can have varying duties and amounts of authority as the number of duties and amount of authority changes, depending on the person. Some are allowed to have some special authority, such as being able to command other Vice Admirals. There are always at least five vice admirals sent with a Buster Call fleet.

The general attire of a vice admiral is that of a Marine coat with epaulets and a suit and tie worn underneath. While most vice admirals wear standard blue epaulets, there are some instances where a Vice Admiral wore something other than a suit and tie underneath their coat.

Vice admirals are the Marine's strongest combat force outside of the admirals, and it would seem that most of them are swordsmen and several have been shown using Rokushiki. Many Giants who are shown to be Marines are vice admirals, a testament to their immense strength. Another attribute that is common among vice admirals is that they all know and can use at least one type of Haki.

Current Vice Admiral Former Vice Admirals

Rear Admiral

Further information: Rear Admiral

"Rear Admiral" (少将 Shōshō) is the fourth highest rank in the Marines. As the lowest of the Admiral ranks, they have the least amount of authority, yet they still have full command over any and all lower ranking marines. Despite being the lowest admiral rank, they are still known for being powerful fighters, and in some rare cases, rear admirals of high-enough caliber and reputation are given additional responsibility and authority, in the case of the rear admirals assigned directly to marine headquarters.

Current Rear-Admiral Former Rear-Admiral

Commodore

"Commodore" (准将 Junshō) is the fifth highest rank in the Marines. Commodores have command over any marines of lower rank and are tasked with authoritative matters too important for a marine of captain rank to handle. Commodores assigned to Headquarters are given duties or responsibilities of equal importance to their higher ranked superiors. In some cases, they are responsible for the assigning of bounties to pirates and criminals, and reports directly to the fleet admiral.

Current Commodore Former Commodore

Captain

Further information: Captain

"Captain" (大佐 Taisa) is the sixth highest rank in the Marines. One of the duties that a Marine captain could have is to be the commander of one of the several Marine branches established on the islands around the world. In addition, a captain is often seen navigating the seas in order to capture pirates and keep order, in these cases, the captain is the leader of the ship, as long as there are no higher-ranking Marines on board. A Marine captain is considered a strong Marine officer whose experience and battle performance are forces to be reckoned with. Most of the several Marine captains seen in the series are powerful fighters with Devil Fruit powers, high combat skills or considerable tactical knowledge.

Interestingly, while the supposed attire of a captain is a suit under the Justice coat, very few captains follow this style of dress, instead preferring the basic uniform, or something unique to the individual.

Current Captain Former Captain

Commander

"Commander" (中佐 Chūsa) is the seventh highest rank in the Marines.

Current Commander Former Commander

Lieutenant Commander

" Lieutenant Commander"(少佐 Shōsa) is the eighth-highest rank in the Marine.

Current Lieutenant Commander Former Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant

" Lieutenant"(大尉 Taii) is the ninth-highest rank in the Marine.

Current Lieutenant Former Lieutenant

Lieutenant Junior Grade

" Lieutenant Junior Grade:(中尉 Chūi) is the tenth-highest rank in the Marine.

Current Lieutenant Junior Grade Former Lieutenant Junior Grade

Ensign

"Ensign"(少尉 Shōi) is the eleventh-highest rank in the Marine. They are the last rank of the commissioned officers. This is the lowest rank allowed to wear the "Justice" coat.

Current Ensign Former Ensign

Infantry and Sailors

Warrant Officer

" Warrant Officer"(准尉 Jun'i) is the highest infantry and Sailor divisions rank within the Marines and the twelfth-highest overall.

Current Warrant Office Former Warrant Office

Master Chief Petty Officer/Petty Officer 1st class

" Master Chief Petty Officer/Petty Officer 1st class"(曹長 Sōchō)is the thirteenth-highest rank in the Marines.

Current Master Chief Petty Officer Former Master Chief Petty Officer

Chief Petty Officer

" Chief Petty Officer"(軍曹 Gunsō) is the fourteenth-highest rank in the Marines.

Current Chief Petty Officer Former Chief Petty Officer

Petty Officer

" Petty Officer"(伍長 Gochō) is the fifteenth-highest rank in the Marines. Once the Marine reaches this rank, they are allowed to wear different uniforms including civilian clothes.

Current Petty Officer Former Petty Officer

Seaman First Class

"Seaman First Class"(一等兵 Ittōhei)is the sixteenth-highest rank in the Marines.

Current Seaman First Class Former Seaman First Class

Seaman Apprentice

"Seaman Apprentice"(二等兵 Nitōhei) is the seventeenth-highest rank in the Marines.

Current Seaman Apprentice Former Seaman Apprentice

Seaman Recruit

"Seaman Recruit"(三等兵 Santōhei) is the eighteenth-highest rank in the Marines. Officially considered a Marine, and to just a chore boy.

Current Seaman Recruit Former Seaman Recruit

Chore Boy

"Chore Boy"((雑用 Zatsuyō) the lowest rank in the Marine. They are not allowed an official uniform beside a white marine shirt with no decoration and some blue trousers.

Current Chore Boy Former Chore Boy

Support Staff

Cook

They help maintain food for the marines and are vital to G-2 to G-8

Doctor

Are vital in maintaining the health of the Marines, as well as the injuries suffered.

Scientist

They are the people keeping the Marines ahead of the pirates in terms of technology and literally.

Special Ranks

Inspector General

" Inspector General"(大目付 Ōmetsuke) is a special rank within the Marine. Their duty is to investigate and detect, corruption, maladministration, or defection within the Marine organization.

Current Inspector General Former Inspector General

Instructor

"Instructor" (教官 Kyōkan) is a special rank whose duty is to train Marine recruits to help them become stronger and rise the ranks. Marines of high-prestige are requested to remain as instructors for the next few generations.

Current Instructors Former instructors

Marine Inspector

" Inspector" (検査官 Kansa-kan) is a special rank, with an authority above a base commander. Their role is to inspect many of the marine bases, from G-2 to G-8. Acquiring this rank requires high prestige, and isn't easy to obtain. Only high-ranking officers such as Admirals or Vice-Admirals have an opportunity.

Current Instructors Former instructors
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