How to Use Military Ranks in Print

Written by samantha volz
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Email

Print writing is often designed to be precise, accurate and brief. Writing about the military, however, can sometimes seem to be an arduous task. Abbreviations for each military rank can be used in print to help readers quickly and accurately understand what is being presented. Use these abbreviations before soldiers' names in print to explain their rank without confusing readers or taking too much time and space. Be sure to use the correct abbreviations, as they can vary by military branch.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Other People Are Reading

Instructions

    Commissioned Ranks

  1. 1

    Abbreviate the lowest commissioned rank for the Army and Marine Corps---Second Lieutenant---as 2LT and 2nd Lt., respectively. In the Navy, this position is called Ensign and is abbreviated ENS.

  2. 2

    Abbreviate the next commissioned rank for the Army and Marine Corps---First Lieutenant---as 1LT and 1st Lt., respectively. In the Navy, this position is called Lieutenant Junior Grade and is abbreviated LTJG.

  3. 3

    Abbreviate the next commissioned rank for the Army and Marine Corps---Captain---as CPT and Capt., respectively. In the Navy, this rank is the Lieutenant's rank and is abbreviated LT.

  4. 4

    Abbreviate the next commissioned rank for the Army and Marine Corps---Major---as MAJ and Maj., respectively. In the Navy, this rank is called Lieutenant Commander and is abbreviated LCDR.

  5. 5

    Abbreviate the next commissioned rank for the Army and Marine Corps---Lieutenant Colonel---as LTC and Lt. Col., respectively. In the Navy, this position is the Commander and is abbreviated CDR.

  6. 6

    Abbreviate the next commissioned rank for the Army and Marine Corps---Colonel---as COL and Col., respectively. In the Navy, this position is the Captain and is abbreviated CAPT.

  7. 7

    Abbreviate the next commissioned rank for the Army and Marine Corps---Brigadier General---as BG and Brig. Gen., respectively. In the Navy, this position is the Rear Admiral Lower Half and is abbreviated RDML.

  8. 8

    Abbreviate the next commissioned rank for the Army and Marine Corps---Major General---as MG and Maj. Gen., respectively. In the Navy, this position is the Rear Admiral Upper Half and is abbreviated RADM.

  9. 9

    Abbreviate the next commissioned rank for the Army and Marine Corps---Lieutenant General---as LTG and Lt. Gen., respectively. In the Navy, this position is the Vice Admiral and is abbreviated VADM.

  10. 10

    Abbreviate the highest commissioned rank for the Army and Marine Corps---General---as GEN and Gen., respectively. In the Navy, this position is the Admiral and is abbreviated ADM.

    Warrant Officers

  1. 1

    Abbreviate the first warrant officer rank---Warrant Officer 1---as WO1 for the Army and Navy and WO for the Marine Corps.

  2. 2

    Abbreviate the second warrant officer rank---Chief Warrant Officer 2---as CW2 for the Army and CWO2 for the Navy and Marine Corps.

  3. 3

    Abbreviate the third warrant officer rank---Chief Warrant Officer 3---as CW3 for the Army and CWO3 for the Navy and Marine Corps.

  4. 4

    Abbreviate the fourth warrant officer rank---Chief Warrant Officer 4---as CW4 for the Army and CWO4 for the Navy and Marine Corps.

  5. 5

    Abbreviate the fifth warrant officer rank---Chief Warrant Officer 5---as CW5 for the Army and CWO5 for the Navy and Marine Corps.

Tips and warnings

  • The Air Force has no rank equivalent of the warrant officer. Otherwise, the abbreviations for Air Force commissioned ranks are the same as those of the Marine Corps.
  • The Coast Guard is considered during wartime to be associated with the Navy and so uses the same ranks and abbreviations.
  • The highest commissioned ranks for each military branch all have alternative names: The Army Chief of Staff, Chief of Naval Operations or Commandant of the Coast Guard, Commandant of the Marine Corps and Air Force Chief of Staff.
  • The ranks General of the Army, General of the Air Force and Fleet Admiral are not abbreviated and are reserved only for wartime activities.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.