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DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) ConSIDer This: Military Rank Abbreviations FROM: SIGINT Communications Unknown Run Date: 12/17/2003 (U) Civilians: do you know how to abbreviate U.S. military ranks? Each military service uses its own abbreviation scheme. For example, the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps all use the rank of lieutenant colonel, but they abbreviate this rank as LTC, Lt Col (with a blank space), and LtCol (without a space), respectively. As you can see in the tables below, the Army and Navy use upper case in its abbreviations, while the Air Force and Marine Corps generally use a combination of upper and lower case. Note also that certain ranks are used by only one military branch; this is especially true in the case of the Navy: PAY GRADE ARMY AIR FORCE NAVY MARINE CORPS Enlisted: E-1 PV1 AB SR Pvt E-2 PV2 Amn SA PFC E-3 PFC A1C SN LCpl E-4 CPL/SPC SrA P03 Cpl E-5 SGT SSgt P02 Sgt E-6 SSG TSgt P01 SSgt E-7 SFC MSgt CPO GySgt E-8 MSG/1SG SMSgt SCPO MSgt/1stSgt E-9 CSM/SGM CMSgt MCPO SgtMaj/MGySgt Warrant Officers: W-1 WO1 none (not used) WO1 W-2 CW2 none CWO2 CWO2 W-3 CW3 none CWO3 CWO3 W-4 CW4 none CWO4 CWO4 W-5 CW5 none CWO5 CWO5 Officers: O-1 2LT 2nd Lt ENS 2ndLt O-2 1LT 1st Lt LTJG 1stLt O-3 CPT Capt LT Capt O-4 MAJ Maj LCDR Maj O-5 LTC Lt Col CDR LtCol O-6 COL Col CAPT Col O-7 BG Brig Gen RADM(L) BGen O-8 MG Maj Gen RADM(U) MajGen O-9 LTG Lt Gen VADM LtGen O-10 GEN Gen ADM Gen (U) The Coast Guard ranks are the same as those of the Navy.

(U) If you'd like to see these listed in a different format (or to see what the abbreviations break out to!), see this web page . The insignia associated with each rank are on this web page . (U) Note: The rank of CWO5 in the Navy is new. Promotions to this rank are to take effect for the first time during the FY04 selection board cycle. "(U//FOUO) SIDtoday articles may not be republished or reposted outside NSANet without the consent of S0121 (DL sid_comms)." DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL DERIVED FROM: NSA/CSSM 1-52, DATED 08 JAN 2007 DECLASSIFY ON: 20320108

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