Posted on Jul 9, 2014
SSG Steven Borders
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Out of curiosity how many members have saluted the wrong rank working on a Joint Base or Assignment. With me working on JBAB (Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling) it has happened a couple times. I find it hard to recognize the Navy ranks sometimes at a distance. And found myself saluting a Chief. I have always followed the rule "when in doubt whip it out". Most just laugh and we carry on about our day. Would love to hear some stories.
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CW5 Sam R. Baker
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What an awesome question and heck yeah I have! Oh and if I get called a LT one more time I am going to do bodily harm! Just kidding no violence in my system!
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MSgt Robert Branscome
MSgt Robert Branscome
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If i am not wrong, all the Gunners have long gone. I retired in 1979 and they were gone then.
A real gunner has a bursting bomb on one coller.
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A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
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Sgt Ed Allen -
"Gunner" Stateside And "Gunneria", When Stationed In South East Asia
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Sgt Ed Allen
Sgt Ed Allen
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MSgt Robert Branscome - True, but they still like the honorarium of Gunner.
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CW5 Sam R. Baker
CW5 Sam R. Baker
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PFC Matt Ochmanski - there is a very special drink we consume that is a cloaking device!
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COL Randall Cudworth
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Just figuring out the Navy's officer ranks requires a switch in mindset ... you mean I have to figure out the enlisted ranks as well!?

That's probably why they they've been beating us in football these past 12 years ... we're too confused by those dang rank insignia and it shows on the field.
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PO1 Sam Deel
PO1 Sam Deel
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When in my Navy Flight Suit, I have been called "Sir" and given a crisp Salute, many a time by Navy, Marine, and Air Force personnel, both Enlisted and Officer. Never by Army Soldiers. No matter who renders the Salute, I followed etiquette and render back. As for correcting the other party, I used to respectfully correct them. There is just something about me though. My Military Bearing, age or I just looked the part, had them so convinced that I was an Officer or their Superior. They would literally become so confounded by my explanation that I was not an Officer. Over time, I just resolved myself to Saluting back, then moving along without any discourse about my actual Rank. All part of my oddball Navy Airedale career.
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CWO4 Tim Hecht
CWO4 Tim Hecht
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Cpl Craig Howard - In the Coast Guard and Navy E-4 through E-6 are referred to as Petty Officer (PO 3rd Class, PO 2nd Class, and PO 1st Class). E-7, E-8, and E-9 are referred to as Chief Petty Officer, Senior Chief Petty Officer, and Master Chief Petty Officer.

A proper term of address in the Coast Guard for a CWO would be Mister (and surname) or Chief Warrant Officer (surname). I was told by a Gunny that the Marines use "Gunner" as a sign of respect; Chief Warrant Officer as respect; and if they call a CWO as a "Mister" there isn't a lot of respect. The Navy, with no disrespect meant to the CWO, address them as "Warrant". I was stationed in Key West and lived in Navy housing; I had some Navy CPO and Senior CPO Neighbors who at home called me Warrant. I knew they didn't mean any disrespect but once I replied: "Yes, Petty Officer..." they would correct me and say it's Chief or Senior Chief - and I would respond and it's Chief Warrant Officer...all in fun!

Air Force Chevrons? I count them and add one that's the pay grade!
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Sgt Ed Allen
Sgt Ed Allen
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GySgt Tim Shea - I know it made mine when the Air Force saluted me 2 weeks out of boot.
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CAPT Naval Flight Officer
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Naah! Navy and USCG ranks are easy. It's all those Army, Air Force, Marines, and I guess now Space Force ranks that are tough. How many different flavors of sergeant are there? I mean, between technical sergeants and staff sergeants and gunnery sergeants and first sergeants and gunnery sergeants and master sergeants master gunnery sergeants and and senior master sergeants and chief senior master sergeants it's easy to get lost. And how about Corporals - are they E3 or E4? No one actually knows. And who's bright idea was it to call Space Force Guardians when we have actual members of the Coast Guard and National Guard and Air National Guard? You would think one of those services would own the copyright for Guardian. All so you don't have to call their junior enlisted Space Man and Space Man First Class - or whatever it would be. Keep it simple folks - all USN and USCG (and NOAA and USPHS for that matter) ranks are exactly the same - all of them. You guys make things unnecessarily difficult.
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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca
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Guilty as charged - damn that Navy PO rank!
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SPC Lyle Montgomery
SPC Lyle Montgomery
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I cant remember how many times that I heard from Nco's " Dont call me sir, I work for a living"
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A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
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SPC Lyle Montgomery - ....How Would Their Response Be To: "Yo Mufukar"?
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Sgt Ed Allen
Sgt Ed Allen
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SPC Lyle Montgomery - Or, alternatively, Don't call me sir, I know my father.
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SPC Lyle Montgomery
SPC Lyle Montgomery
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Sgt Ed Allen - That's a great comeback I wish that I had used it when I was in. Of course I was only a lowly SP. 4
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