United States Space Force rank insignia

United States Space Force rank insignia are used to indicate the rank and status of its officers and enlisted personnel. Equivalency between the military services is indicated by associated NATO code and pay grade.[1]


Officer insigniaEdit

Uniformed Services pay grade Officer candidate O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6 O-7 O-8 O-9 O-10 Special grade
NATO code OF(D) OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6 OF-7 OF-8 OF-9 OF-10
Insignia Various                     Not established
Service dress uniform Various                    
OCP uniform Various                    
Title Cadet /
Officer trainee 
Second lieutenant  First lieutenant  Captain  Major  Lieutenant colonel  Colonel  Brigadier general  Major general  Lieutenant general  General
Abbreviation Cdt / OT 2d Lt 1st Lt Capt Maj Lt Col Col Brig Gen Maj Gen Lt Gen Gen

Enlisted insigniaEdit

Uniformed Services pay grade E-1 E-2 E-3 E-4 E-5 E-6 E-7 E-8 E-9
NATO code OR-1 OR-2 OR-3 OR-4 OR-5 OR-6 OR-7 OR-8 OR-9
Service dress uniform                            
OCP uniform                          
Title Airman basic  Airman  Airman first class  Senior airman  Staff sergeant  Technical sergeant  Master sergeant  First sergeant  Senior master sergeant  First sergeant  Chief master sergeant  First sergeant  Command chief master sergeant  Senior enlisted advisor of the Space Force  Senior enlisted advisor to the chairman
Abbreviation AB Amn A1C SrA SSgt TSgt MSgt[note 1] SMSgt[note 1] CMSgt[note 1] SEASF SEAC
  1. ^ a b c The Space Force does not have separate first sergeant ranks. These special ranks are instead positional billets denoted by a diamond within the upper field, and are senior to their non-diamond counterparts.

Rank insignia wearEdit

A Space Force general's OCP uniform.[2]

On the service dress uniform metal rank is worn on the epaulets.[3] On the OCP uniform, the Space Force's combat utility uniform, embroidered navy blue rank is worn on an OCP patch on the center of the chest.[2]


The creation of the Space Force marked the first time since the 1947 creation of the Air Force that a new branch was created. This created an interest in the rank structure and insignia. In February 2020, it was announced that the Space Force would ask military space professionals for opinions on ranks.[4]

Eighty-six graduates of the United States Air Force Academy class of 2020 commissioned directly into the USSF, becoming the service's first new officers and second lieutenants.[5] On July 28, 2020, four general officers from the Air Force were nominated to transfer to the Space Force in their current grade of major general, and then be promoted to lieutenant general.[6][7] On August 6, 2020, a number of Air Force officers are being transferred to the Space Force in the ranks of major, lieutenant colonel and colonel. [8] On September 1, 2020, the Air Force transferred 2410 active-duty airmen to the Space Force to become enlisted space professionals.[9] The space professionals were all transferred to the Space Force in their current enlisted ranks.[9][10]

The Space Force was set to announce its new rank structure in late August 2020 but decided to delay it temporarily,[11] as a proposed amendment included in the United States House of Representatives's version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act would require the Space Force to adopt a rank structure based on that of the United States Navy for its officers and enlisted space professionals.[12][13] The Space Force will wait until after the 2021 NDAA is passed, before moving forward with their permanent rank structure. Until then, all members of the Space Force currently retain their respective grade and rank carried over from the Air Force.[14] On November 16, 2020, the Senate passed the House of Representative's version of the NDAA, but attached an amendment which would remove the clause requiring the Space Force to adopt naval ranks, and sent it back to the House for consideration.[15] The House unanimously disagreed with the Senate's amendment and sent the amended bill back to their armed services committee on November 18, for consideration of passage.[15]


  1. ^ "CMSgt Towberman sworn in as the first Senior Enlisted Advisor for the". United States Space Force. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  2. ^ a b Seck, Hope Hodge (17 January 2020). "Space Force Offers First Peek at Camouflage Uniform". Military.com. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  3. ^ "AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 36-2903" (PDF). 7 February 2020.
  4. ^ Erwin, Sandra (13 February 2020). "Space Force soliciting opinions on members' name and ranks". Space News. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  5. ^ Cohen, Rachel S. "USAFA Graduates First Space Force Lieutenants". Air Force Magazine. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  6. ^ General Officer Announcements
  7. ^ Senate.gov - Nominations
  8. ^ Congress.gov, PN2172 — Space Force
  9. ^ a b Kirby, Lynn (1 September 2020). "2.4k Airmen to transfer into Space Force beginning Sept. 1". United States Space Force. Space Force Public Affairs. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  10. ^ White, Kayla (3 September 2020). "AUAB Airmen make history as first deployed Space Force members". United States Space Force. 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  11. ^ Pawlyk, Oriana (August 27, 2020). "Space Force Was Set to Announce Its New Rank Structure. Then, Congress Stepped In". Military.com. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  12. ^ Erwin, Sandra (27 July 2020). "Legislation passed by the House requires the Space Force to use the Navy's rank structure". SpaceNews.com. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  13. ^ Pawlyk, Oriana (21 July 2020). "Space Admiral? House Lawmakers Want Navy Ranks for Space Force". Military.com. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  14. ^ "How will the Space Force impact me". spaceforce.mil. United States Space Force. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  15. ^ a b "H.R.6395 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 - All Actions". Congress.gov. November 18, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.