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Ninja Positions
Sound Ninja Each Hidden Village breaks their ninja rankings into different levels of skill. This classification then helps determine what ninja level is needed to complete the mission. Higher difficulty missions require the utilization of higher skilled ninjas. These levels include Ninja Academy Student, Genin, Chuunin and Jounin. The Kage sits at the highest of the Five Great Shinobi Countries as the village leader.

Within these rankings, a ninja may join a particular group which uses their skills in special ways. These specialized squads can focus on one field of work such as the hunting of ninjas who have gone missing and left their hidden village, or medical-nins who act as doctors.
ANBU Base of Operations: Hidden Village
Classification: Specialized Ninja Squad
Member Appearances: Uchiha Itachi, Hatake Kakashi, Uzuki Yuugao

The ANBU, meaning "dark side" is actually short for Ansatsu Senjutsu Tokushu Butai (literally Assassination Tactics Special Military Force). The ANBU work directly under the leadership of the Hokage. This specialized ninja battalion generally work in groups of four to five. They are responsible for assassinations and missions requiring highly trained ninjas. The masks the members wear are based around the signs of the zodiac.

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ANBU "Ne" (Root)
Sai Base of Operations: Hidden Village
Classification: Specialized Ninja Squad
Member Appearances: Sai, Danzou

The ANBU Ne, meaning Root, is a subfaction of the ANBU operated by elder ninja Danzou. Danzou operated in opposition to Sarutobi the Sandaime Hokage. Danzou was once up for the position of Sandaime Hokage but was turned down because of his hawkish militaristic stance. While the normal ANBU operates under the direct leadership of the Hokage, the Root faction operated from out of view "below the ground" to support the great tree that was Konoha. Members of Root were to only focus on the mission at hand, leaving their emotions, past, future and very name behind. Once Sarutobi gained enough control over Konoha, he ordered Root disbanded. Danzou carried on it secret however, seeking to help Konoha from the shadows.

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Chuunin (Medium Ranked Level Ninja) [Official Rank]
Iruka Base of Operations: Hidden Village
Classification: General Skill Level
Member Appearances: Umino Iruka, Touji Mizuki

Chuunin are made up of Genin who have passed the Chuunin exam by exhibiting leadership and excellent combat sense. Genin can either win or lose the last Chuunin Exam test. If they show sufficient qualities becoming of a Chuunin, they can be appointed and officially become Chuunin. Chuunin have the equivalent rank of military captain, exhibiting strong stamina, knowledge and inner wisdom.

Chuunin Exam Examiners
Hayate Base of Operations: Hidden Village
Classification: Temporary Administrative Group
Member Appearances: Mitarashi Anko, Morino Ibiki, Gekkou Hayate, Shiranui Genma

Every six months one of the allied countries in the Five Great Shinobi countries will manage the exam; the goal of which is to determine which Genin are worthy of being promoted to the rank of Chuunin.

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Elite Tutor
Ebisu Base of Operations: Hidden Village
Classification: Special Ninja Job
Member Appearances: Ebisu

These special elite teachers tutor Jounin level ninjas to further refine their skills. The Elite tutor can also serve as the personal teacher to relatives of the Hokage.

Genin (Low Ranked Level Ninja) [Official Rank]
Kankurou Base of Operations: Hidden Village
Classification: General Skill Level
Member Appearances: Uzumaki Naruto, Uchiha Sasuke, Gaara of the Desert, Kinuta Dosu et. al.

At the lowest level are new graduates from the Ninja Academy known as Genin. Genin will be assigned a Jounin sensei, who will monitor their progress and help push for mission assignments benefiting their skill level. Should the Genin not impress the Jounin sensei, they can be sent back to the Ninja Academy for further training. Once the Genin has successfully undertaken eight missions, they can be sponsored by their Jounin sensei for the Chuunin Exam.

Hidden Village Council
Homura Base of Operations: Hidden Villages
Classification: Hidden Village Administration Council
Member Appearances: Hokage, Koharu, Homura, Kazekage, Baki, Yuura

This administrative group is responsible for the selection and approval of new Chuunin, Jounin and Kage for each Hidden Village.

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Hunter Ninja
Haku Base of Operations: Hidden Village
Classification: Specialized Ninja Squad
Member Appearances: Haku

Hunter Training
These shinobi hunters search for ninja who have abandoned their village. Nicknamed the "Undertaker Squad" they have a high knowledge in physiology to further their killing abilities. Once they kill their target, they will dispose of the body without a trace. This is because a ninja's body has within it secrets of the village's ninjutsu, chakra types, herbs and other information about the village. They will then take the head back to the Hidden Village as proof of their kill.

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Jounin (High Ranked Level Ninja) [Official Rank]
Guy Base of Operations: Hidden Village
Classification: General Skill Level
Member Appearances: Hatake Kakshi, Sarutobi Asuma, Yuuhi Kurenai, Might Guy, Baki, Momochi Zabuza

After Chuunin come Jounin, these highly skilled ninjas normally serve as squad leaders on mission assignments. Some Jounins are also assigned Genin level ninja to function as three man cells. The Jounin will monitor their progress and submit requests for the Genin to take the Chuunin Exam when the Jounin feels they are ready. Ninja attain the rank of Jounin through official appointment.

Kage [Official Position in Five Great Shinobi Countries]
Hokage Monument Base of Operations: Hidden Village
Classification: Head Hidden Village Ninja
Member Appearances: Hokage, Kazekage

The Kage (Shadow) represents the head of each Hidden Village. Only the Five Great Shinobi Countries are allowed to call their head ninja by the Kage name. The Kage serves as the pillar upon which the village stands and the strength a village presents to the other ninja countries largely depends upon the strength of the Kage in power. When one Hokage decides to step down from the position, a new Kage is nominated and then approved by the Village Council. In an interesting turn of events, Konoha's Third Hokage retook his position as Kage when the Fourth Hokage fell in battle to the Kyuubi demon fox.

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"Kage" Level
Orochimaru Base of Operations: Hidden Village
Classification: Highly skilled village ninja, Generally Jounin officially
Member Appearances: Orochimaru, Tsunade, Jiraiya

Legendary Sennin
There exists a level of ninja who are of Kage level, but who are not presently a village Kage. This may be because of personal preference or the onset of aging. The three highly skilled Hidden Leaf ninja known as the Legendary "Sannin," or Legendary "Three Ninja" are such ninja. The members of Akatsuki are also generally at this level as well. Legendary Sand puppet master kunoichi Chiyo of Hidden Sand could be considered near this level. Ninja of this level usually leave their villages behind to seek their own ambitions.

Konoha Military Policemen
Police Base of Operations: Fire Country
Classification: Organization
Member Appearances: Uchiha Sasuke's Father
See also: Uchiha Sasuke, Uchiha Itachi

Originally founded by the ancestors of the Uchiha clan, the Konoha Military Police Corps are responsible for maintaining city peace and law enforcement.

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Medical-Nins Base of Operations: Hidden Village
Classification: Specialized Ninja Squad
Member Appearances: Tsunade, Shizune, Unnamed members can be see in the Third Chuunin Exam preliminary and main matches
See also: Hyuuga Hinata, Tsunade, Shizune

These specialized ninja are responsible for the health and well being of ninja injured in battle. Specially trained medical ninja such as Inuzuka Hana can also help the skilled animals which fight for the villages also.

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Ninja Academy Students [Official Rank]
Ninja Academy Students Base of Operations: Hidden Village
Classification: General Skill Level
Member Appearances: Uzumaki Naruto, Konohamaru, Udon, Moegi
See also: Uzumaki Naruto, Konohamaru, Udon, Moegi

Ninja Academy Students
Each ninja in a Hidden Village starts at the Ninja Academy where they are taught basic jutsu techniques. Once they show the sufficient level of skill and knowledge they graduate and become Genin level ninja. The student can take the graduation test multiple times. Naruto himself took the test several times before finally passing.

Ninja Academy Teachers
Ninja Academy Teacher Suzume Base of Operations: Hidden Village
Classification: General Ninja Job
Member Appearances: Iruka, Mizuki, Suzume
See also: Uzumaki Naruto, Iruka, Mizuki, Suzume

Ninja Academy Teachers
These ninjas have taken on a teaching role as instructors for the Hidden Village's Ninja Academy. Their primary goal is to teach the academy students the basic jutsu techniques such as Transformation (Henge) and Clone (Bunshin). These teachers do remain active ninjas though and will take on missions for the Hidden Village as needed.

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Tokubetsu Jounin (Special High Ranked Level Ninja) [Official Rank]
Ibiki Base of Operations: Hidden Village
Classification: General Skill Level
Member Appearances: Ebisu, Morino Ibiki, Mitarashi Anko, Inuzuka Tsume, Shiranui Genma, Yamashiro Aoba

Special Jounin are ninjas who have gained high Jounin-level skills in one area of ninja arts. These are ninja like Morino Ibiki, who is highly skilled at interrogation and torture. Ninja attain the rank of Special Jounin through official appointment.