Title: ConSIDer This: Military Rank Abbreviations

Description: A handy guide to military rank abbreviations.

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(U) ConSIDer This: Military Rank Abbreviations
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(U) Civilians: do you know how to abbreviate U.S. military ranks? Each military service uses its
own abbreviation scheme. For example, the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps all use the rank of
lieutenant colonel, but they abbreviate this rank as LTC, Lt Col (with a blank space), and LtCol
(without a space), respectively. As you can see in the tables below, the Army and Navy use
upper case in its abbreviations, while the Air Force and Marine Corps generally use a
combination of upper and lower case. Note also that certain ranks are used by only one military
branch; this is especially true in the case of the Navy:
PAY GRADE

ARMY

AIR FORCE

NAVY

MARINE CORPS

Enlisted:
E-1
PV1

AB

SR

Pvt

E-2

PV2

Amn

SA

PFC

E-3

PFC

A1C

SN

LCpl

E-4

CPL/SPC

SrA

P03

Cpl

E-5

SGT

SSgt

P02

Sgt

E-6

SSG

TSgt

P01

SSgt

E-7

SFC

MSgt

CPO

GySgt

E-8

MSG/1SG

SMSgt

SCPO

MSgt/1stSgt

E-9

CSM/SGM

CMSgt

MCPO

SgtMaj/MGySgt

Warrant Officers:
W-1

WO1

none

(not used)

WO1

W-2

CW2

none

CWO2

CWO2

W-3

CW3

none

CWO3

CWO3

W-4

CW4

none

CWO4

CWO4

W-5

CW5

none

CWO5

CWO5

Officers:
O-1

2LT

2nd Lt

ENS

2ndLt

O-2

1LT

1st Lt

LTJG

1stLt

O-3

CPT

Capt

LT

Capt

O-4

MAJ

Maj

LCDR

Maj

O-5

LTC

Lt Col

CDR

LtCol

O-6

COL

Col

CAPT

Col

O-7

BG

Brig Gen

RADM(L)

BGen

O-8

MG

Maj Gen

RADM(U)

MajGen

O-9

LTG

Lt Gen

VADM

LtGen

O-10

GEN

Gen

ADM

Gen

(U) The Coast Guard ranks are the same as those of the Navy.

(U) If you'd like to see these listed in a different format (or to see what the abbreviations break
out to!), see this web page . The insignia associated with each rank are on this web page .
(U) Note: The rank of CWO5 in the Navy is new. Promotions to this rank are to take effect for
the first time during the FY04 selection board cycle.

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Document Date: 2003-12-17

Release Date: 2016-05-16

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