I remember leaving Ft. Bragg and heading down to Florida when I ETS'd. My sister was going through boot camp in Orlando and I decided to see if I could talk to her for a little bit. Whoever had the equivalent of CQ that evening was gracious enough to grant a 15 minute time frame, since it was not during the duty day. I was in my greens with my beret and both cords and oh so polished jump boots. I was getting saluted by almost every person on the base! I kept returning salutes and telling them not to salute me, I'm only an E-4.
Posted 6 y ago
Yes I believe we all should know the ranks of the other branched but that probably wont happen it gets a little confusing. While in Iraq i had to learn the rank structure of their military and that to me was all over the place and hard to remember. Luckily most of their Generals wore plain cloths usually but had their ID out before hand and I could see the green strip on it far enough to lock up at attention and render the salute because we was supposed to treat them with the same courtesy as our own officers. They where actually pretty nice and spoke English very well also and would stop and speak to us from time to time and see how their guys that worked with me was doing. Really i think that there should be one rank structure across all our branches though to avoid confusion that happens so much.
I remember during Infantry OSUT, during the middle of training being given duty as human training dummies at the Eagle Skills Assessment (end of training testing). Because we were working the testing sites, the graders had us wear are patrol caps at the site...and every trainee was either trying to stand at parade rest or salute us. Even though all these testers were almost done with training and we were six weeks behind them, those trainees figured everyone out ranked them?
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