United States Space Force Releases Service-Specific Rank Names Across All Systems

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Effective Feb. 1, the Space Force will use the following rank names across all Space Force systems and in all manners of address. (SpaceForce.Mil image)

(U.S. SPACE FORCE) – 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/

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