lieutenant junior gradelieutenant junior grade
U.S. Navy an officer ranking above an ensign and below a lieutenant
lieutenant junior grade
nounpl. lieutenants junior grade
- A commissioned rank in the US Navy or Coast Guard that is above ensign and below lieutenant.
- One who holds this rank.
(plural lieutenants junior grade)
- A commissioned officer of the United States Navy whose rank is above an ensign's and below a lieutenant, or a corresponding rank in other navies.
- A commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard, Public Health Service, or National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration whose rank is above an ensign and below a lieutenant.
When used as a title, it is always capitalized.
- Example: Lieutenant Junior Grade John Smith. The rank of lieutenant junior grade corresponds to pay grade O-2.
Abbreviations: 1st Lieutenant, 1st Lt., and 1st LT.