Military and Naval Terms
Capitalize the following widely used terms in the Navy and Marine Corps; lowercase common nouns as indicated:
Department of the Navy; Navy Department; DON
United States Navy; the Navy (always capitalized if used in reference to the U.S. Navy); a Navy regulation; a Navy officer; a Sailor but foreign navies; an officer, a chief, a lieutenant, etc.
Marine Corps; the Marines; the Corps; a Marine Corps officer; a Marine; but a sergeant, a corproal, etc.
Armed Forces; but armed services
Naval Academy; the Academy; but service academies Brigade of Midshipman; the Brigade; but the midshipman
Naval Reserve; Marine Corps Reserve; the Reserves; but a reserve officer
Pensacola Naval Air Station; Naval Military Personnel Command; but naval air stations; naval personnel; naval aviation; naval terms
The term "naval" has reference to both the Navy and the Marine Corps. See General Simmons's explanation on pages 47-48.
Names of Naval Ship
Use all capitals for naval vessels, except in journalism and professional articles.
USS CALIFORNIA (CGN 36)
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER (SSBN 656)
Military and Naval Ranks and Titles
Capitalize military ranks when used with proper noun. Do not capitalize when they stand alone:
Captain Jeffries gave the order; but the captain ordered
Sergeant Gonzalez was cited; but the sergeant was commended
Senior Chief Oko gave the orders; but the senior chief took charge
Airman Adams worked hard; but the airman handled the details.
Note 1: Capitalize the word "captain" when referring to he captain of a ship, whatever the officer's rank:
- The Captain ordered us to ...
- According to the Captain, the beach is ...
Note 2: When referring to a particular military member in official documents, first identify by full grade and full name (usually first name, middle initial, and last name), and subsequently just by short title and last name, both capitalized:
- Lieutenant Jennifer J. Johnson brought up school quotas. Concerned with timely application, LT Johnson argued ...
- Sergeant Major George R. Wood ... SgtMaj Wood
- Chief Boatswain's Mate George Sand ... BMC Sand or Chief Sand
Capitalize billet or organizational titles when used with a proper name, when used in place of a proper name, or when such usage is customary. But don't capitalize generic job descriptions.
The Administrative Officer will escort you to your quarters.
Few of them had negative things to say about the Leading Petty Officer, SKI Lemoine.
She earned the designation "Naval Flight Officer."
We need good courses if we're going to train good communications officers.
Capitalize the names of departments within an organization, such as specific departments or divisions aboard ship or departments in a Marine combat unit. Do not capitalize the common nouns that refer to them.
I think he works in the Weapons Department of the frigate that's in port.
Requisition all supplies through the Supply Department in the Headquarters and Service Battalion.
We'll want to get the department heads and division officers in on this.