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Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
/ Published January 29, 2021
Space Force News
Effective Feb. 1, the Space Force will use the following rank names across all Space Force systems and in all manners of address.
Terms of Address
Preferred term is Specialist but Spec1 or Specialist 1 are both acceptable
Preferred term is Specialist but Spec2 or Specialist 2 are both acceptable
Preferred term is Specialist but Spec3 or Specialist 3 are both acceptable
Preferred term is Specialist but Spec4 or Specialist 4 are both acceptable
Sergeant or Technical Sergeant or Tech Sergeant
Sergeant or Master Sergeant
Senior Master Sergeant
Senior or Senior Master Sergeant
Chief Master Sergeant
Chief or Chief Master Sergeant
Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force
Chief or Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force
Second Lieutenant or Lieutenant
First Lieutenant or Lieutenant
Lieutenant Colonel or Colonel
Brigadier General or General
Major General or General
Lieutenant General or General
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/