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Associated Press CAP and USAF Grades

CAP Rank & Abbreviations Used in All External Communications (AP Stylebook)

Rate Cadet Rank Abbrev.
C/E-1 Cadet Airman Basic Cadet Airman
C/E-2 Cadet Airman Cadet Airman
C/E-3 Cadet Airman First Class Cadet Airman 1st Class
C/E-4 Cadet Senior Airman Cadet Senior Airman
C/E-5 Cadet Staff Sergeant Cadet Staff Sgt.
C/E-6 Cadet Technical Sergeant Cadet Tech. Sgt.
C/E-7 Cadet Master Sergeant Cadet Master Sgt.
C/E-8 Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Cadet Senior Master Sgt.
C/E-9 Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Cadet Chief Master Sgt.
C/O-1 Cadet Second Lieutenant Cadet 2nd Lt.
C/O-2 Cadet First Lieutenant Cadet 1st Lt.
C/O-3 Cadet Captain Cadet Capt.
C/O-4 Cadet Major Cadet Maj.
C/O-5 Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Cadet Lt. Col.
C/O-6   Cadet Col.
Rate Senior Member Enlisted Rank Abbrev.
CAP E-1 Airman Basic Airman
CAP E-2 Airman Airman
CAP E-3 Airman First Class Airman 1st Class
CAP E-4 Senior Airman Senior Airman
CAP E-5 Staff Sergeant Staff Sgt.
CAP E-6 Technical Sergeant Tech. Sgt.
CAP E-7 Master Sergeant Master Sgt.
CAP E-8 Senior Master Sergeant Senior Master Sgt.
CAP E-9 Chief Master Sergeant Chief Master Sgt.
Rate Senior Member Officer Rank Abbrev.
CAP O-1 Second Lieutenant 2nd Lt.
CAP O-2 First Lieutenant 1st Lt.
CAP O-3 Captain Capt.
CAP O-4 Major Maj.
CAP O-5 Lieutenant Colonel Lt. Col.
CAP O-6 Colonel Col.
CAP O-7 Brigadier General Brig. Gen.
CAP O-8 Major General Maj. Gen.

Air Force Rank & Abbreviations

Rate Enlisted Rank Abbrev.
E-1 Airman Basic AB
E-2 Airman Amn
E-3 Airman First Class A1C
E-4 Senior Airman SrA
E-5 Staff Sergeant SSgt
E-6 Technical Sergeant TSgt
E-7 Master Sergeant MSgt
First Sergeant 1stSgt
E-8 Senior Master Sergeant SMSgt
First Sergeant 1stSgt
E-9 Chief Master Sergeant CMSgt
First Sergeant 1stSgt
Command Chief Master Sergeant CCMSgt
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force CMSAF
Rate Commissioned Officer Rank Abbrev.
O-1 Second Lieutenant 2d Lt
O-2 First Lieutenant 1st Lt
O-3 Captain Capt
O-4 Major Maj
O-5 Lieutenant Colonel LtCol
O-6 Colonel Col
O-7 Brigadier General BrigGen
O-8 Major General MajGen
O-9 Lieutenant General LtGen
O-10 General Gen
O-10 General of the Air Force  

CAP Rank & Abbreviations (Cadet Enlisted – Cadet Basic through Cadet Chief Master Sergeant)

Grade Abbrev. Term of Address (Cadet to Cadet) Insignia Corresponding Ribbon
Cadet Airman Basic C/AB Airman Basic or Airman None
Cadet Airman C/Amn Airman
Curry
Cadet Airman First Class C/A1C Airman First Class or Airman
Arnold
Cadet Senior Airman C/SrA Senior Airman or Airman
Mary Feik
Cadet Staff Sergeant C/SSgt Staff Sergeant or Sergeant
Wright Brothers’ Award
Cadet Technical Sergeant C/TSgt Technical Sergeant, Tech Sergeant or Sergeant
Rickenbacker
Cadet Master Sergeant C/MSgt Master Sergeant or Sergeant
Lindberg
Cadet Senior Master Sergeant C/SMSgt Senior Master Sergeant, or Sergeant
Doolittle
Cadet Chief Master Sergeant C/CMSgt Chief Master Sergeant or Chief
Goddard

Armstrong

Note: Goddard and Armstrong ribbons are earned as two separate achievements

NOTE: 1. All cadets are addressed as "Cadet" by CAP Senior Members, USAF officers, and USAF enlisted personnel.
  2. Within the cadet structure, cadets will address other cadets by the appropriate term.
  3. Cadets will address all senior members as "Sir" or "Ma’am."

CAP Rank & Abbreviations (Cadet Officer – Cadet Second Lieutenant through Cadet Colonel)

Grade Abbrev. Term of Address (Cadet to Cadet) Insignia Corresponding Ribbon
Cadet Second Lieutenant C/2d Lt Lieutenant, Sir or Ma’am
Mitchell
Cadet First Lieutenant C/1st Lt Lieutenant, Sir or Ma’am  
Cadet Captain C/Capt Captain, Sir or Ma’am
Earhart
Cadet Major C/Maj Major, Sir or Ma’am  
Cadet Lieutenant Colonel C/Lt Col Colonel, Sir or Ma’am
Eaker
Cadet Colonel C/Col Colonel, Sir or Ma’am
Spaatz
NOTE: 1. All cadets are addressed as "Cadet" by CAP Senior Members, USAF officers, and USAF enlisted personnel.
  2. Within the cadet structure, cadets will address other cadets by the appropriate term.
  3. Cadets will address all senior members as "Sir" or "Ma’am."

CAP Rank & Abbreviations (Transition Officer – Senior Member through Senior Flight Officer)

Grade Abbrev. Term of Address Insignia
Senior Member SM Mister, Mizz", Sir or Ma’am
Flight Officer FO Mister, Mizz", Sir or Ma’am
Technical Flight Officer TFO Mister, Mizz", Sir or Ma’am
Senior Flight Officer SFO Mister, Mizz", Sir or Ma’am

CAP Rank & Abbreviations (Officer – Second Lieutenant through Major General)

Grade Abbrev. Term of Address Insignia
Second Lieutenant 2d Lt Lieutenant, Sir or Ma’am
First Lieutenant 1st Lt Lieutenant, Sir or Ma’am
Captain Capt Captain, Sir or Ma’am
Major Maj Major, Sir or Ma’am
Lieutenant Colonel Lt Col Colonel, Sir or Ma’am
Colonel Col Colonel, Sir or Ma’am
Brigadier General Brig Gen General, Sir or Ma’am
Major General Maj Gen General, Sir or Ma’am
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