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1st lieutenant's insignia
US o-2 rank pin
United States armed forces
SS patch 1st lieutenant Nazi 1st lt epaulet
World War II-era SS; Ekos (collar patch and shoulder-board)

First lieutenant is a military rank. A traditional infantry rank, first lieutenant is the second lowest officer grade, senior to a second lieutenant. Infantry lieutenants fall below captains, and command a platoon, consisting of about thirty troops. In comparison to naval ranking systems, a first lieutenant is equivalent to lieutenant junior grade.

This rank was used by the United States armed forces and police, represented by a single rectangular silver bar uniform insignia. 1st lieutenants existed in other Earth nations, such as World War II Germany. In the German armies, this was translated as Oberleutnant, but in the SS, first lieutenants were referred to as Obersturmführer ("senior storm leader"). The collar insignia for this was a black square bordered with white, with three silver pips in a diagonal line above a doubled silver stripe (a single pip was also worn on each epaulet).

Prior to the late 19th century, in the British navy, first lieutenant referred to a position, a ship's most senior lieutenant serving as second in command, rather than to a rank.

A US Marine first lieutenant assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was one of the troops involved in the hunt for intruding time traveler Pavel Chekov in 1986. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

The Marine 1st lt. was played by Donald W. Zautcke, an actual USMC officer.

In an alternate timeline in which Na'kuhl time-travelers had allied themselves with Adolf Hitler's Nazis in 1944, an Obersturmführer first lieutenant named Ghrath was executive officer to Vosk. (ENT: "Storm Front")

This chart shows only general equivalencies based on the ranks used by many governments on Earth, as well as the rest of the galaxy.

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