I've never been able to keep military rank straight, and after reviewing this entry from Answers.com, I understand why. It's confusing! The different armed forces have different terminology, not to mention the different terminology used from country to country, or from era to era. I've read my share of military fiction, and I still can't keep straight who ranks above who in a military chain of command. About all I know for sure is a general is at the top and a private is at the bottom. Anyway, I think this "cheat sheet" from Answers.com will help me out. I'm currently reading Heller's Catch-22, and I'm having a difficult time with the various military ranks of the characters.