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When should you use title case? Why would anyone use title case in these sentences?

He was a Prisoner of War (POW).
OR
He was a prisoner of war (POW).

He was Missing in Action (MIA).
OR
He was missing in action (MIA).

He was Killed in Action (KIA).
OR
He was killed in action (KIA).

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All are lowercase in ordinary text, even though their initials are capitalized, like television, lowercase but with capitalized initials: TV. The phrases prisoner of war and missing in action are lowercase in the U.S. Department of Defense dictionary, available online at www.jcs.mil/Portals/36/Documents/Doctrine/pubs/dictionary.pdf. Maybe killed in action didn't need defining.

  • Agreed, although I'd probably capitalise the words if I introduced the initialism first: "He was a POW (Prisoner of War)" because you're not using the words in a sentence, and it highlights the initials. Whether that's correct or not, I don't know. – TripeHound Nov 1 '18 at 16:24

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