In the United States
is a military rank that is also sometimes used as a military title, depending on the branch of service. It is also used as a rank or title in some organizations outside of the military, particularly in police and law enforcement.
Commander as a rank
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 Corps
(CDR) is a senior officer rank, with the pay grade of O-5. Commander ranks above lieutenant commander
and below captain
. Commander is equivalent to the rank of lieutenant colonel
in the other uniformed services
. Notably, it is the first rank at which the holder wears an embellished cap
, whereas officers of the other services are entitled to embellishment at O-4 rank.
A commander in the U.S. Navy may command a frigate
, aviation squadron or small shore activity, or may serve on a staff (typically as executive officer) or as executive officer of a larger vessel. An officer in the rank of commander who commands a vessel may also be referred to as "captain" as a courtesy title, or informally referred to as "skipper".
Historically, the rank of "commander" was originally called "Master Commandant
" in the U.S. Navy. This rank corresponded in function to "Master and Commander" in the Royal Navy
. It was later changed in... Read More