I don't know where you are getting your information, but I'd recommend a trip to here: http://www.militaryfactory.com/ranks/index.aspStephenT wrote:...the USAF still uses Army ranks, for example. When Goering was setting up the Luftwaffe in the 30s he deliberately rejected using ranks like 'Luftmarschall' because they sounded "too British".
Please note that "rank" (or title on the webpage) and "pay grade" are two diff but related things. "Pay Grade" means what you get each month for your basic pay, while someone of that grade carries the listed rank/title. It's a subtle difference but important because, at certain levels/instances, the AF can decide to 'brevet' you, meaning you get to temporarily put on early a rank you have been selected for promotion to, while still getting paid at your current pay grade (I've mostly seen this with a Col/06 selected for Brigadier General/O7 getting to put on the Star months before they are scheduled to be permanently promoted to O7).
For officers yes we use the same ranks... heck only our navy uses NAMES for officers that are different from the other services (I believe coast guard follows navy, but they are under the Dept. of Transportation, not the Dept. of Defense).
For Warrent Officers, the AF doesn't have any. In the 60's our Congress created E8/E9 as a replacement for the Warrents, but only the AF got rid of their Warrents.
For enlisted, only two ranks have the same names, but they are different pay grades... While I'm not sure about the army, the Air Force has only 9 enlisted ranks, with a few positions requiring a different 'name' for the rank with a small change to the insignia: First Sergeant and Command Chief Master Sgt/Chief Master Sgt of the Air Force.
The First Sergeant must be at least an E-7 but can also be E-8 or E-9. The First Sergeant is the enlisted advisory to a unit's commander and does not exist in the change of command.
Command Chief Master Sgt. (CCMSG) serves the 'First Sgt' role for a base/wing commander. The Chief Master Sgt of the Air Force (CMSgtAF) is chosen from the top level CCMSG (the ones serving the commanders of our major commands: Air Mobility Command, Air Tactical Command, etc.) and serves as the top enlisted advisor to the Chief of Staff USAF. All of the CCMSGs and the CMSgtAF are 'technically' all of equal rank, but when someone aboves you in that little special chain calls to you, there is an implied sense of who is the 'top dawg'.
I hope that clears up any misunderstandings on at least the USAF rank structure.
Here are two better charts/Explanations:
http://www.military-quotes.com/ranks/ai ... signia.htm
http://www.military-quotes.com/ranks/ar ... signia.htm