Can You Name The Military Rank of These TV Characters?

By: Olivia C
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Can You Name The Military Rank of These TV Characters?
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About This Quiz

The military is one sector that is full of great stories for film and television. Not only are their fighting stories great, but the personnel's varied professional and personal dramas in life make for good television.

We all know that we have to be thankful to the brave souls who sign up to defend the country in times of war. But we also have to appreciate them during any other kinds of time. For example, so many TV series have focused on both the professional and the personal lives of our military men and women. It's also interesting to get to know the person behind the uniform, don't you think?

The military life is also one great mystery to many people who never had the chance to sign up and get sent for duty out there. What's life like out there, to be of service to the nation and to the world? These TV series provide us with insights and clues as to what life could be in this sector.

Through these TV characters, we see that there's drama, action, and also humor. Care to take a stab at this quiz, then? It's easy! Just try to guess the rank of these familiar military TV characters. Have fun! Over and out!

Captain (Hawkeye Pierce, MASH) The M*A*S*H chief surgeon Hawkeye Pierce is ranked as what?
Lieutenant
Major
Captain
Alan Alda played Captain Hawkeye Pierce in "M*A*S*H." He was the chief surgeon of the show.
Admiral

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Lt. Col. (Hannibal, A-Team) What was The A-Team leader, Hannibal's rank at the beginning?
Lt. Col.
George Peppard played Lt. Col. Hannibal Smith in "The A-Team." The team were all military personnel.
Dr.
Maj.
Gen.

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Captain (James Kirk, Star Trek Original) Everyone knows James T. Kirk’s rank. What is it?
Admiral
Ensign
Captain
Captain James Kirk is probably the most well-known captain in the space-oriented sci-fi geek circles. "Star Trek" won't be the same without him.
Commodore

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Admiral (Jake Ballard, Scandal) Scandal’s Jake Ballard held this rank in the US Navy. What was it?
Chief Officer
Staff Sergeant
Commander
Admiral
US Navy Admiral Jake Ballard is a character in "Scandal." He spied on Olivia Pope!

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(Captain (Watson, Sherlock) Dr. John Watson also held this rank while in the military. What was it?
Warrant Officer
Vice Admiral
Seaman
Captain
In the series starter, we learn that "Sherlock's" Dr. John Watson had the rank of captain prior to leaving the army. It was later mentioned that he served during the Afghanistan war.

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Major (Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman) Diana Prince’s main man, Steve Trevor, in the TV series had this rank. What was it?
Master
Airman
Major
"Wonder Woman's" Steve Trevor was a major in the 1975 TV series version. This version starred the famous Lynda Carter and Lyle Waggoner.
Chief

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Corporal (Rip Cord, GI Joe) "G.I. Joe’s" HALO Jumper Rip Cord is ranked as what?
Lieutenant
Corporal
The G.I. Joe animated TV series had Corporal Rip Cord as one of the team members. The 2009 film version of him was portrayed by Marlon Wayans.
Technical Sergeant
Captain

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Lt. Gen. (Michael James Holden, Army Wives) Michael Holden in "Army Wives" had which rank?
Private First Class
Lt. General
Lt. General Michael Holden is Claudia's army husband. "Army Wives" was a popular drama series that ran from the late 2000s to the early 2010s.
Major
Private Second Class

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Lt. Commander (Steve McGarrett, Hawaii Five-O) "Hawaii Five-O" was possible due to Steve McGarrett’s character. What was his Navy SEAL rank?
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett returned to Hawaii when his father got killed. Yep, all that military training came in handy when heading his new "troops."
Ensign
Major
Admiral

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Captain (Jack Bauer, 24) Jack Bauer left his military duty with this rank. What was it?
Rear Admiral
Brigadier General
Captain
Jack Bauer of "24" capped a 12-year long military career with the rank of captain. All that military training sure did come in handy, 24/7!
Chief Warrant Officer

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Major (John MacGillis, Major Dad) It’s obvious from John MacGillis’ sitcom show title that he is ranked as this kind of father.
Insignia
Minor
Heraldry
Major
"Major Dad" has an obvious rank for the head of the family in the title. The sitcom aired during the late '80s to early '90s.

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Captain (Tony Nelson, I Dream of Jeannie)
Screen Gems
Jeannie dreamed of Tony Nelson, who held what rank at first?
Sergeant Major
Senior Airman
Captain
"I Dream of Jeannie's" Captain Tony Nelson is Jeannie's love interest here. He later got promoted to major!
Seaman Apprentice

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Sergeant (Abraham Ford, Walking Dead) "The Walking Dead’s" Abraham Ford had this military rank. What was it?
Sergeant
Sergeant Abraham Ford is a fighter in "The Walking Dead." He was played by Michael Cudlitz.
Private
Admiral
Corporal

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Lt. Commander (Data, Star Trek Next Generation) The android Data had this rank in "Star Trek: The Next Generation." What was it?
Marine Private First Class
Airman First Class
Lieutenant Commander
Next to Spock, Lieutenant Commander Data is perhaps the most endearingly innocent character in the Star Trek TV universe. Brent Spiner portrayed him.
Petty Officer, Third Class

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Master Sergeant (Bilko, Sgt. Bilko) Phil Silver’s Bilko character had this official rank, as reflected in the sitcom title sometimes. What was it?
Lieutenant Colonel
General
Fleet Admiral
Master Sergeant
Master Sergeant Ernest Bilko appeared in a '50s sitcom called "The Phil Silvers Show." But the popularity of this character led the networks to re-title it as "Sgt. Bilko."

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Lieutenant Colonel (Sarah MacKenzie, JAG) What is "JAG's" Sarah MacKenzie's rank?
Major
Lieutenant Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel Mac was played by Catherine Bell. She was a major during the early seasons of the show "JAG."
Commander
Admiral

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Captain (Herbert Sobel, Band of Brothers) Friend’s David Schwimmer portrayed Herbert Sobel in "Band of Brothers." What was his rank?
Captain
Captain Herbert Sobel is a character from the "Band of Brothers" miniseries. The characters there are actually based on real people who fought during WWII.
General
Colonel
Major

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Gunnery Sergeant (Nicholas Brody, Homeland) "Homeland’s" Nicholas Brody apparently had this rank during his US Marines stint. What was it?
Lieutenant Colonel
Brigadier General
Gunnery Sergeant
Brody was once a Gunnery Sergeant during his US Marine stint. He became a congressman later.
Second Lieutenant

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Master Chief Petty Officer (Jason Hayes, SEAL Team) Jason Hayes holds this very impressive Navy SEAL team leader rank. What is it?
Admiral
Ensign
Master Chief Petty Officer
Master Chief Petty Officer is the official rank of Jason Hayes in the new military drama called "SEAL Team." he is portrayed by David Boreanaz.
Private

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Ensign (O'Toole, Ensign O'Toole) From his sitcom title, Marine Corps soldier O’Toole obviously holds what rank?
Major
Captain
Ensign
"Ensign O'Toole" aired in the early 60s. Yes, it was a military sitcom.
Lieutenant

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Corporal (John Winchester, Supernatural) Dean and Sam’s dad, John Winchester, had which Marine rank before having the boys?
Major
Private
Sergeant
Corporal
The "Supernatural" dad apparently clocked in time as a US Marine. John Winchester was a corporal back then.

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Gunnery Sergeant (Leroy Jethro Gibbs, NCIS Los Angeles) "NCIS" Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs held this rank while a Marine. What was it?
Fleet Admiral
Major General
Gunnery Sergeant
In "NCIS", Leroy Jethro Gibbs has military background. He held the rank of Gunnery Sergeant while serving.
Lieutenant Commander

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Commander (William Adama, Battlestar Galactica) "Battlestar Galactica’s" William Adama held which rank at first?
Chief
Engineer
Commander
Commander William Adama was in-charge of "Battlestar Galactica." He was portrayed by Edward James Olmos.
Doctor

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Private (Judy Benjamin, Private Benjamin) From Judy Benjamin’s sitcom title, it’s obvious that this was her rank. What was it?
Private
"Private Benjamin" is an early '80s sitcom that was a spin-off of the comedy film. That one starred Goldie Hawn in the titular lead.
Warrant Officer
Lance
Ensign

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Sergeant (Chip Saunders, Combat!) Vic Morrow’s "Combat!" character, Chip Saunders, had this rank. What was it?
Chief
Major
Sergeant
Sergeant Chip Saunders is mostly the lead character in "Combat!" This late '60s show was set during World War II.
Admiral

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Lieutenant (Don Draper, Mad Men) Don Draper actually had an assumed military rank in his shady past. What was it?
Private
Lieutenant
Ad exec guy Don Draper of "Mad Men" apparently assumed the identity of a killed soldier when he was in the Korean War. That soldier had the rank of lieutenant, something he assumed since assuming the soldier's name as well.
Sergeant
Admiral

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Sergeant Major (David Rossi, Criminal Minds) "Criminal Minds’" FBI Agent David Rossi previously had this military rank. What was it?
Detective
Officer
Agent
Sergeant Major
FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit agent boss, David Rossi, was formerly a Sergeant Major during his stint at the Marine Corps. He had experience serving during the Vietnam War.

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Lt. Commander (Quinton McHale, McHale's Navy) "McHale’s Navy" placed its titular character Quinton in this rank. What was it?
Cadet
Rapporteur
Chief
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale was played humorously by Ernest Borgnine. He was the lead character of "McHale's Navy," yet another military-themed sitcom during the '60s.

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Sergeant Major (Jonas Blane, The Unit) "The Unit’s" Jonas Blane held which rank?
Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major Jonas Blane was played by Dennis Haysbert. "The Unit" aired in the late 2000s.
Fleet Admiral
Private First Class
Ensign

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Private First Class (Gomer Pyle, Gomer Pycle USMC) The funny Gomer Pyle had this rank. What was it?
Master Sergeant
Private First Class
Private First Class Gomer Pyle made people laugh during the late '60s. "Gomer Pyle, USMC" was a hit sitcom back then.
Petty Officer
Gunnery Sergeant

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Sergeant (Richard Sharpe, Sharpe) Sean Bean played the titular British soldier Richard Sharpe, who held which rank?
Baron
Duke
Lord
Sergeant
Sergeant Richard Sharpe, in "Sharpe," fought during the Napoleonic Wars. Sean Bean was so dapper in this role!

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Colonel (Robert Hogan, Hogan's Heroes) In "Hogan’s Heroes," the titular head POW Robert had this rank. What was it?
Colonel
Colonel Robert Hogan was some sort of leader in a POW camp filled with WWI Allied soldiers. It's magical how they transformed this storyline as humorous back then!
Baron
Captain
Admiral

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Private (Beetle Bailey) The goofy Beetle Bailey had this rank. What was it?
Reveille
DJ
Private
Private Beetle Bailey became popular as a comic strip character first. Eventually, he moved on to television and had an animated series during the '60s.
Jock

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Lieutenant (Chick Hennesey, Hennesey) Chick Hennesy, portrayed by Jackie Cooper, had what rank?
Rookie
Ensign
Seaman
Lieutenant
Lieutenant Chick Hennesey is the star of this late '50s-early '60s sitcom called "Hennesey." Apparently, military humor was a huge hit for people during those eras.

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Master Sergeant (Seeley Booth, Bones) "Bones’" FBI agent Seeley Booth had this military rank. What was it?
Warrant Officer
Seaman First Class
Master Sergeant
Master Sergeant Seeley Booth left the military to serve as an FBI agent in the homicide division. But in the latter season of "Bones," he went back to serve again.
Airman First Class

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Colonel (Jack O'Neill, Stargate SG-1) In "Stargate SG-1," Jack O’Neill had this rank while in the US Air Force. What was it?
Sergeant
Brigadier
Colonel
You might know "Stargate's" US Air Force Colonel Jack O'Neill by another role. He was the '80s original MacGyver!
General

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Lieutenant (Rip Masters, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin) In "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin", Rip Masters had this bossy rank. What was it?
Commodore
Commander
Lieutenant
Lieutenant Rip Masters looked over the boy and his dog in "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin." This was a popular children's show back in the '50s.
Captain

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Staff Sgt. (Zeke Anderson, Tour of Duty) "Tour of Duty’s" Zeke Anderson had this rank. What was it?
Rear Adm.
Army Maj.
Lt. Col.
Staff Sgt.
Staff Sgt. Zeke Anderson appeared in the late '80s show called "Tour of Duty." It was about the Vietnam War.

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