Grade Abbreviations

The following guidance is taken from the Air University Style and Author Guide, Second Edition

When you are preparing CAP documents, abbreviate civilian and military titles or ranks that precede a person’s full name.  Do not use periods with these abbreviations.  Spell out titles or ranks that precede a person’s last name only. 

CAP Senior Member and CAP Cadet Grade Abbreviations

Grade                                             Abbrev                  Grade                                                          Abbrev

Staff Sergeant...................... SSgt                  Cadet Airman Basic ...........................C/AB

Technical Sergeant............... TSgt                  Cadet Airman....................................C/Amn

Master Sergeant................... MSgt                Cadet Airman First Class...................C/A1C

Senior Master Sergeant........ SMSgt             Cadet Senior Airman.........................C/SrA

Chief Master Sergeant.......... CMSgt             Cadet Staff Sergeant..........................C/SSgt

Second Lieutenant................ 2d Lt                Cadet Technical Sergeant...................C/TSgt

First Lieutenant....................  1st Lt               Cadet Master Sergeant......................C /MSgt

Captain................................  Capt                 Cadet Senior Master Sergeant...........C/SMSgt

Major..................................  Maj                   Cadet Chief Master Sergeant..............C/CMSgt

Lieutenant Colonel............... Lt Col               Cadet Second Lieutenant....................C/2d Lt

Colonel................................  Col                    Cadet First Lieutenant........................C/1st Lt

Brigadier General................. Brig Gen          Cadet Captain.....................................C/Capt

Major General...................... Maj Gen          Cadet Major.......................................C/Maj

                                                                             Cadet Lieutenant Colonel..................C/Lt Col

                                                                             Cadet Colonel....................................C/Col

Abbreviations: CAP Grade Abbreviations & AP Style

Every Civil Air Patrol member should read this. Please share!

Which is correct?

A) LtCol                     Hint:
B) Lt.Col.                   It depends on whether it is written for internal or external purposes.
C) Lt Col
D) Lt. Col.                  Did you know we do not use superscript for grades with '1st' '2nd'?
 

The Correct Answers are:

C) Lt Col is correct for Internal CAP correspondence & memos
D) Lt. Col. is correct for use in Public Affairs products, (i.e., external published content)

 

For Facebook, WAWG leans toward using Air Force (CAP) Grades as per the AP Style Guide  

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