Public Affairs: Style
CAP Grade Abbreviations & AP Style
Every Civil Air Patrol member should read this. Please share!
Which is correct?
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).
CAP Grade Abbreviations – as per CAPR 35-5 and CAPR 52-16
(Note that the appropriate CAP abbreviation for Cadet Senior Airman is C/SrA with a lowercase R).
CAP Knowedgebase - Difference between rank and grade?
Do you know the difference between "rank" and "grade"?
This document from the JBLM PAO may help you when attempting to format different military names.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 58,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.
You can also find the most current version on the national GoCivilAirPatrol.com site under Public Affairs / Resource Library / Tookit.
Locally, Washington Wing Civil Air Patrol members operate a fleet of 24 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 691 adult members (ages 18+) and 711 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 2017. Visit www.wawg.cap.gov for more information.
Wing Commander, Col Shelly J. Norman
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
Consider developing local boilerplate text for your unit. Tip: Include your charter date and mention the communities from which you draw your membership.
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