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In honor of Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, I thought it appropriate to discuss military titles—when to capitalize and when to use lowercase.
You should capitalize the military rank when written before a person's name. (General rule for titles — President Barack Obama or General Douglas MacArthur or Staff Sergeant Jane Doe.)
Ranks written separate from the person's name should be lowercase.
In your novel, if you have a character who is a major general in the Army, you would write it like this:
— "I would like you to meet Major General John Writer." (capitalize)
— "My grandfather was a major general in the Army." (lowercase)
Make sure you do your homework to make sure the military ranks used in your novel are used properly. Many tend not to vary across armed forces, but some will, so you should use them correctly.
My heartfelt thanks to all who have served, still serve, and will serve.
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