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Space Force releases service-specific rank names

WASHINGTON, (AFNS) —Effective Feb. 1, the Space Force will use the following rank names across all Space Force systems and in all manners of address.

Grade

Rank

AbbreviationTerms of Address

E1

Specialist 1

Spc1 Preferred term is Specialist but Spec1 or Specialist 1 are both acceptable

E2

Specialist 2

Spc2 Preferred term is Specialist but Spec2 or Specialist 2 are both acceptable

E3

Specialist 3

Spc3 Preferred term is Specialist but Spec3 or Specialist 3 are both acceptable

E4

Specialist 4

Spc4 Preferred term is Specialist but Spec4 or Specialist 4 are both acceptable

E5

Sergeant

Sgt Sergeant

E6

Technical Sergeant

TSgt Sergeant or Technical Sergeant or Tech Sergeant

E7

Master Sergeant

MSgtSergeant or Master Sergeant 

E8

Senior Master Sergeant

SMSgtSenior or Senior Master Sergeant

E9

Chief Master Sergeant

CMSgtChief or Chief Master Sergeant 

E9

Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force

CMSSFChief or Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force

O1

Second Lieutenant

2d LtSecond Lieutenant or Lieutenant

O2

First Lieutenant

1st Lt First Lieutenant or Lieutenant

O3

Captain

Capt Captain

O4

Major

Maj Major

O5

Lieutenant Colonel

Lt Col Lieutenant Colonel or Colonel

O6

Colonel

ColColonel 

O7

Brigadier General

Brig GenBrigadier General or General 

O8

Major General

Maj GenMajor General or General

O9

Lieutenant General

Lt GenLieutenant General or General 

O10

General

GenGeneral

Publications, forms, websites, and systems will reflect these grade changes beginning Feb. 1, but it may take time for all systems to reflect the change.

Guardians will wear Air Force rank insignia until the Space Force finalizes its own rank insignia designs, which is expected sometime in the coming months. The service will announce opportunities for Guardians to contribute feedback during the design process.

Crowdsourced feedback on rank names was collected from the field and was part of the decision-making process.

This change does not trigger the need to update the member’s common access card. The service will issue guidance on updating to a Space Force CAC when those details are finalized.

For more information, the official memo announcing rank names can be found at the CAC-enabled Space Force portal: https://www.my.spaceforce.mil/

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