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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CW5 Jack Gaudet
CW5 Jack Gaudet
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When they got rid of the Master Warrant, the commandant of the Warrant Officer school couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about. He was doing a base visit with a CW5 driving and when they pulled up to the gate, the Chief was called a Lieutenant and the he glared at the Colonel and see what we have been telling you.
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Capt Mark Miller
Capt Mark Miller
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USAF Made a mistake doing away with Warrant Officers. They could have easily been pilots.
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CW5 Mark Smith
CW5 Mark Smith
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CW5 Jack Gaudet I agree. Many have mentioned they have never met a CW5 in person. LOL
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PO1 Tom W
PO1 Tom W
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Try working at a Joint Multi-national command (NATO or similar). In addition to U.S Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, you may encounter officers and enlisted from any of those services from other countries such as Netherlands, Great Britain, Canada, French, German, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Turkey, Denmark, Norway, etc. Is that guy a German Sargant or Major? Canada and Great Britain are pretty close to U.S but the other countries can be very confusing.
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COL Information Operations Officer
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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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SSG Bill McCoy
SSG Bill McCoy
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When I was 11, a cousin gave me his "Blue Jacket's Manual." When I went into the Navy, I knew ALL the ranks, AND ratings and all the officer ranks. Transition to Army ranks was easy enough but I have NEVER figured out USAF enlisted rank chevrons! LOL
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CPO Kenneth Beck
CPO Kenneth Beck
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Colonel,
Army football most have worked out their “kinks”. Navy has the edge at 61-53-7. Army does have five national championships to the Navy’s one.
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SSG Bill McCoy - Count the number of stripes, both up and down, and add one. That's their pay grade.
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SSG Bill McCoy
SSG Bill McCoy
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CW3 (Join to see) - Thanks Chief! I just Googled their rank insignia and it illustrates that. I won't likely encounter any USAF these days, but at least if I do... I'll know!
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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca
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Guilty as charged - damn that Navy PO rank!
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SSG Bill McCoy
SSG Bill McCoy
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Cpl Craig Meaux - Unlike the other service branches, Marine officers' saucer hats don't have a gold band or gold scrambled eggs except in their dress uniforms. When I first went into the Army and was issued my Class A (Dress) Greens, the saucer hat was odd - shaped like a Marines. When I'd go to the bus stations in Philly, newly minted Marines kept saluting me. Some I would stop and in a freindly way would explain I was only an E-3. Between the hat, and the gold USA and Branch insignia on the lapels, and the rows of ribbons, it was understandable. After it kept happening, I'd eimply return their salutes out of respect.
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COL John Power
COL John Power
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When I was a young officer I always had trouble with Navy officer ranks in dress uniform. When in khakis no problem since the grade insignia are essentially the same in all services, but the idea of counting stripes was such a pain. I always thought in terms of the salute as simply being a respectful greeting between troops. I'd often initiate with enlisted troops or other officers. Never worried about getting it wrong, mostly because in truth it is never wrong.
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MCPO Doyle Glancy
MCPO Doyle Glancy
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I was IN the Navy for 25 years and it was still confusing!!
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SA Michael Moore
SA Michael Moore
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I was 22 and in my first job in 1963. I was still getting used to being a civilian. The building in which I worked had a retired USMC senior officer, perhaps a Col, whom I showed the highest respect. Early one morning, half asleep, as I turned a corner in our office building, I almost ran into him. I quickly began raising my right arm to salute but caught myself. The funny part was he also raised his right arm to return but also stopped abruptly. Silently, we both grinned and continued on our way.
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