Senior Program

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Officer Ranks


Officers earn and wear Air Force officer style rank as they progress through the training programs and build up the required 'time in grade'. The main significance of the rank is to indicate a member's capabilities and experience in the Civil Air Patrol. Authority in the CAP comes from appointment to a position and has less to do with the rank one holds.


Senior Program Grades (Ages 21+)

cap.jpg S/M - Senior Member Without Grade
Addressed as Mr., Miss, Mrs., Sir, or Ma'am
senior_2lt.jpg 2LT - Second Lieutenant
Addressed as "Lieutenant," "Sir" or "Ma'am"
senior_1lt.jpg 1LT - First Lieutenant
Addressed as "Lieutenant," "Sir" or "Ma'am"
senior_captain.jpg CPT - Captain
Addressed as "Captain," "Sir" or "Ma'am"
senior_major.jpg MAJ - Major
Addressed as "Major," "Sir" or "Ma'am"
senior_ltc.jpg LTC - Lieutenant Colonel
Addressed as "Colonel," "Sir" or "Ma'am"
senior_colonel.jpg Wing or Region Commander
COL - Colonel
Addressed as "Colonel," "Sir" or "Ma'am"
senior_brig_gen.jpg National Vice Commander
BRIG GEN - Brigadier General
Addressed as "General," "Sir" or "Ma'am"
senior_maj_gen.jpg National Commander
MAJ GEN - Major General
Addressed as "General," "Sir" or "Ma'am"

 


Senior Program Transition Grades (Ages 18-20)

cap.jpg S/M - Senior Member Without Grade
Addressed as Mr., Miss, Mrs., Sir, or Ma'am
senior_fo.jpg FO - Flight Officer
Addressed as Mr., Miss, Mrs., Sir, or Ma'am
senior_tfo.jpg TFO - Technical Flight Officer
Addressed as Mr., Miss, Mrs., Sir, or Ma'am
senior_sfo.jpg SFO - Senior Flight Officer
Addressed as Mr., Miss, Mrs., Sir, or Ma'am

*Only senior members under 21 years of age will be appointed to or promoted to the flight officer grades. This category is designed as a transition for cadets transferring to senior member status and for those senior members who are otherwise eligible for CAP officer grade except that they have not yet reached the minimum age of 21. Upon reaching age 21, the member will be appointed to an appropriate officer grade or will be classified as a senior member without grade until he or she is eligible for promotion to officer grade.