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NOTES: Formally, USAF rank abbreviations (Abbrv) are not displayed with an ending period. Additionally, the USAF does not maintain a 'First Sergeant' rank common to other branches of American military service. Instead, the rank is denoted by the special addition of a 'diamond' within the insignia and observed as a duty / job title. Similarly, the diamond is replaced by a 'star' for the Chief Master Sergeant and Command Chief Master Sergeant ranks. Finally, the Five Star rank is generally reserved for wartime but is also bestowed as an honorary rank in some cases.

USAF Ranks Ordered Lowest-to-Highest


Grade
Insg.
Abbrv
Title
E-1
NONE
AB
Airman Basic
E-2
E2 rank insignia graphic
Amn
Airman
E-3
E3 rank insignia graphic
A1C
Airman First Class
E-4
E4 rank insignia graphic
SrA
Senior Airman
E-5
E5 rank insignia graphic
SSgt
Staff Sergeant
E-6
E6 rank insignia graphic
TSgt
Technical Sergeant
E-7
E7 rank insignia graphic
MSgt
Master Sergeant
E-7
E7 rank insignia graphic
MSgt
Master Sergeant (Diamond)
E-8
E8 rank insignia graphic
SMSgt
Senior Master Sergeant
E-8
E8 rank insignia graphic
SMSgt
Senior Master Sergeant (Diamond)
E-9
E9 rank insignia graphic
CMCgt
Chief Master Sergeant
E-9
E9 rank insignia graphic
CMSgt
Chief Master Sergeant (Diamond)
E-9
E9 rank insignia graphic
CCM
Command Chief Master Sergeant
E-9
E9 rank insignia graphic
CMSAF
Chief Master Sergeant
of the Air Force
O-1
Ensign rank insignia graphic
2d Lt
Second Lieutenant
O-2
First Lieutenant rank insignia graphic
1st Lt
First Lieutenant
O-3
Captain military rank insignia graphic
Capt
Captain
O-4
Major military rank insignia graphic
Maj
Major
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel military rank insignia graphic
Lt Col
Lieutenant Colonel
O-6
Colonel military rank insignia graphic
Col
Colonel
O-7
Brigadier General military rank insignia graphic
Brig Gen
Brigadier General
O-8
Major General military rank insignia graphic
Maj Gen
Major General
O-9
Lieutenant General military rank insignia graphic
Lt Gen
Lieutenant General
O-10
General Air Force Chief of Staff military rank insignia graphic
Gen
General Air Force
Chief of Staff
Spec.
General of the Air Force military rank insignia graphic
GAF
General of the Air Force


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