SPC Bassett, that is a great question. It holds relevance because, depending on the rank it determines or gives a general idea to the employer what level of management experience, responsibility, maturity, and leading capacity one can offer or bring to their respective employment field. It also holds a little weight in determining the kind of stewardship they can bring to the job in terms of future recruiting, marketing, and leadership endeavors. Hope that answers your question.
I once knew a PV2 (E-2) MP, who had to arrest an officer on Fort Bragg for DUI back in the 80's. He got the "Do you know who I am...?" speech, to which he replied "Unfortunately Sir, you have your rank confused with my authority..." My friend had been a civilian police officer for years before joining the Army!
Never thought of it but when I went reserve both my civilian grade and military rank pretty much went in parallel. Started out as a GS-12 on through GS-15 (Capped 14) equivalent and wound up retiring as an O-6. Looking at our military organization, the job, span of control, etc. were similar in the O-4/5 range. So there's an official crosswalk chart for officers/GS so I guess they can figure out who sits where for a dinner that won't happen. Interesting thing is I wound up mentoring a number of MILs in my civilian role because I wasn't their military chain, hence they felt more comfortable. I did have a problem with reservists who wanted to wear their military rank at work. Some did feel they were cheated out of civilian promotions. I just focused on doing a good job regardless of what I was wearing and it appears the rest took care of itself.
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