CAP Grade Abbreviations & AP Style

Every Civil Air Patrol member should read this. Please share!

Which is correct?

A) LtCol
B) Lt.Col.
C) Lt Col 
D) Lt. Col. 

Hint:    It depends on whether it is written for internal or external purposes.
           Did you know we do not use superscript for grades with '1st' '2nd'?

C) Lt Col is correct for Internal CAP correspondence & memos
D) Lt. Col. is correct for use in Public Affairs products, (ie, external published content)

For Facebook, WAWG leans toward using Air Force (CAP) Grades as per the AP Style Guide (see CAP Grade Abbreviations below).

(Note that the appropriate CAP abbreviation for Cadet Senior Airman is C/SrA with a lowercase R). 

Do you know the difference between "rank" and "grade"?

JBLM PAO's Style Guide
This document from the JBLM PAO may help you when attempting to format different military names.


  • NHQ

You can find the most current version on the CAP Members Public Affairs website.

  • WAWG

Locally, Washington Wing Civil Air Patrol members operate a fleet of 23 vehicles and 14 aircraft (Cessnas 172s, 182s, and a 206, as well as 2 Blanik gliders) for inland search and rescue missions and cadet orientation flight instruction. The wing is comprised of 744 adult members (ages 18+) and 626 cadets (ages 12-21), organized into 27 squadrons, who contributed a value of $4.9 million in volunteer hours to their local communities and the state of Washington in 2016. Visit for more information.
  • Wing Commander, Col James P. Furlong
  • 144 aircrew personnel
  • 515 cadet orientation flights
  • 1,537 total hours flown
  • 779 emergency responders
  • 15 VHF/FM repeaters
  • 230 VHF/FM stations
  • 41 HF stations
(updated 25-Jul-17)

  • Unit

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