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§ 41. —  Grades and ratings.



[Laws in effect as of January 24, 2002]
[Document not affected by Public Laws enacted between
  January 24, 2002 and December 19, 2002]
[CITE: 14USC41]

 
                          TITLE 14--COAST GUARD
 
                       PART I--REGULAR COAST GUARD
 
                 CHAPTER 3--COMPOSITION AND ORGANIZATION
 
Sec. 41. Grades and ratings

    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.

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


                      Historical and Revision Notes

                            1949 Act

    Based on title 14, U.S.C., 1946 ed., Secs. 5, 9, 21 (Apr. 12, 1902, 
ch. 501, Sec. 1, 32 Stat. 100; Jan. 28, 1915, ch. 20, Sec. 2, 38 Stat. 
801; May 18, 1920, ch. 190, Sec. 8, 41 Stat. 603; June 5, 1920, ch. 235, 
Sec. 1, 41 Stat. 879; Jan. 12, 1923, ch. 25, Secs. 1, 2, 42 Stat. 1130; 
July 3, 1926, ch. 742, Secs. 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
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           Revised section                   Source (U.S. Code)                Source (Statutes at Large)
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41...................................  14:41.                          Aug. 4, 1949, ch. 393, Sec.  1(41), 63
                                       34:135a(a) (less last            Stat. 497.
                                        sentence, as applicable to     May 29, 1954, ch. 249, Sec.  3(a) (less
                                        temporary appointments).        3d and last sentences, as applicable to
                                                                        temporary appointments), 68 Stat. 157.
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                               Amendments

    1994--Pub. L. 103-337 substituted ``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. 99-145 substituted ``rear admirals (lower half)'' for 
``commodores''.
    1984--Pub. L. 98-557 substituted ``members'' for ``men'' in two 
places.
    1983--Pub. L. 97-417 inserted ``commodores;'' after ``rear 
admirals;''.
    1972--Pub. L. 92-451 substituted ``vice admirals'' for ``a vice 
admiral''.
    1960--Pub. L. 86-474 inserted 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. 103-337 effective on the first day of the 
fourth month beginning after Oct. 5, 1994, see section 541(h) of Pub. 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. 92-451 effective Oct. 2, 1972, except that 
continuation boards may not be held until one year thereafter, see 
section 3 of Pub. L. 92-451, set out as a note under section 290 of this 
title.



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