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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

Abbreviation

Terms 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

MSgt

Sergeant or Master Sergeant 

E8

Senior Master Sergeant

SMSgt

Senior or Senior Master Sergeant

E9

Chief Master Sergeant

CMSgt

Chief or Chief Master Sergeant 

E9

Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force

CMSSF

Chief or Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force

O1

Second Lieutenant

2d Lt

Second 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

Col

Colonel 

O7

Brigadier General

Brig Gen

Brigadier General or General 

O8

Major General

Maj Gen

Major General or General

O9

Lieutenant General

Lt Gen

Lieutenant General or General 

O10

General

Gen

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/