I would have to respectfully disagree with SGM Cunningham. If the SFC is in the duty position and they are his Soldiers or Soldiers from within the unit that know he/she is serving as a 1SG of what if the units should refer to the SFC as 1SG. If he/she is somewhere else on the installation and the Soldiers do not personally know the SFC is serving as a 1SG, then they should say Sergeant.
Perhaps I am going to surprise some folks yet in my view it is critical to recognize that”First Sergeant “, while a rank is “most” importantly a position or role that is incredibly unique in terms of both form and function. It is disrespectful to the unit, the soldiers not to recognize the warrior selected to be their Top Kick as First Sergeant. The Air Force figured this out and one can be a First Sergeant as an E-7, E-8, or E-9. If an SFC/PSG is perceived worthy to be selected to serve as a First Sergeant, cut the bs, recognize the warrior for his role. Airborne
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