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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Maj Gail Lofdahl
Maj Gail Lofdahl
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A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney - It was the same at Osan in 1985-86. I always thought, "This is one assignment where you could be a raging alcoholic and no one would even notice." Ah, the Saturday nights spent with town patrol, getting miscreants released under the status of forces agreement. They'd have one soju too many or too much Peach Oscar and throw a chair through the mirror behind the bar and break every bottle. I asked one guy how he met his Korean wife. He said: "I was walking out of a bar and she stepped on my hand." That about sums it up. Good times!
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A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
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Maj Gail Lofdahl - n
OSAN Was Like That As Far Back As Memory Recalls. Fantastic Duty Station.
GET THIS: I'll Make It Short:
When I Was Taking A Few Additional Business Programs At Lansing Community College,
The Instructor Walked In; Looked At Me And Said "You Sure Look Familiar",
And I Felt The Same About Him. We Actually Spent About An Hour Or So, After Classroom Time, Trying To Figure Out Where We Could Have Possibly Have Known Each Other...
We Both Just Drew a Blank. We Never Even Lived Near Each Other & Mostly Lived In Different States......
About A Week Later, He's Standing At The Black Board Writing Something....
STOPS Dead In His Tracks, Doesn't Move At All.. It's Totally Silent In The Room....
THEN He Swings Around & SCREAMS OUT, Right In Front Of The Entire Class & Says: "SON-OF-A-BITCH.!!. OSAN 1964!!" .. ...He NAILED IT !!
And That Happened In The Late 70's...15 YEARS Later...
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Maj Gail Lofdahl
Maj Gail Lofdahl
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After I retired and was job hunting, if I didn't think I had a snowball's chance in hell of getting the job I was applying for, I'd list "whorehouse inspector" in my military qualifications. (Well, that's really what we were doing when we checked the bars.) You'd be surprised how many interviews I got (though not necessarily the job).
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SFC Barbara Layman
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My husband was there in 63/64 doing the same thing as an MP. He had responsibility for registered and unregistered 'ladies of the evening' ensuring they were following the rules of operation.
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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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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 Roberto Benitez
Maj Roberto Benitez
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CAPT (Join to see) - I remember the fun when my wife was living with her parents while it was going from training school to training school before my permanent assignment. I was a Captain in the Air Force.

The first time she called for a medical appoint and said she was the wife of Captain Benitez, she was thrilled at the service she got. But being the Navy brat of a retired working man, a CPO, she had the good sense to tell them I was an Air Force Captain, O-3 type. She was thanked and still got good service.
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A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
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Maj Roberto Benitez - ...
MAJOR.?.... No Matter Our Rank,
We Of The Air Force DESERVE Good Service.
We, Sir; Are What It Means To Be: "The BEST Of The Best !!

Okay: They Rest Of You Can Give Me "L" Now ...LOL
This Is An "I Gotcha"...
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Maj Roberto Benitez
Maj Roberto Benitez
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A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney - I completely agree.

As I mentioned, my wife was a NAVY brat and lived near a NAVAL base while I was in training. To the Navy, a captain was just under the rank of admiral. That's why she made it clear I was an O-3. It was the courtesy of not trying to play the game of a high ranking officer's wife that the sailors appreciated.

That was true as well on AF bases. She was kind. caring, and helpful to many enlisted personnel. Maybe it was that her father was enlisted and became a Chief of the Boat in submarines.

And my story with a Chief of the Line in pilot training, where I tried to do in myself and an instructor was also interesting.

A Naviguesser.
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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca
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Guilty as charged - damn that Navy PO rank!
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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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SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
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A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney - Now that did get a laugh out of Me, I kind of
doubt though the response would be very good. lol Might add, well if You would just keep Your Mother off the street... .
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A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
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SMSgt Lawrence McCarter - ....
Don't Kid Yourself, I DID Tell The SOB's That.
Being The Last Of 6 Kids, I Had To Learn Self-Defense Early In Life;
And Develop a "FA-Q" Attitude.....They Were "Life's Tools Of Survival".
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