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 Sam R. Baker
CW5 Sam R. Baker
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@#$%^&*()(*&^%$#, okay got that out of my system, now officially that would be a promotion, but then also a cut in pay! I would chase you TOP, but then again I want to save each run for a APFT.

MAJ Woods, someone referred to a CW5 as some type of unicorn or something that lives in the woods, cause folks just don't really think we exist! I'm here!
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CW5 Sam R. Baker
CW5 Sam R. Baker
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Thanks SGT Charles Reno, I knew someone had it!
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SSG Bill McCoy
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MAJ Jim Woods - Agreed ... I always viewed Warrant Officers as folks who walked on water, stopped trains with their bare hands and ate RR spikes for breakfast!
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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
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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
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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
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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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LTC Paul Labrador
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Been there.....done that....have been embarrassed to prove it...
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Guilty
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SSG Bill McCoy
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I'm prior Navy ... the most confusing to people were when encountering CPO (Cheif Petty Officers) as they go from regular Navy uniforms to khakis and their insignia - gold anchor with rope and silver in color "USN" is worn on their colar. They're often mistaken as an approaching officer. I've seen lots of them saluted.
At least in their dress uniforms (blues or whites), their left shoulder still has the chevrons with their rating (MOS).
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