Posted on Sep 17, 2016
SN Kevin Neff
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For instance: You're a SCPO and one mistakenly calls you a CPO. What would you say to them?
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SCPO Joshua A
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Respond to their greeting or whatever and move on. It's not a big deal, I've been a Chief for 12 years, and whether or not I have a star in my anchor doesn't change the fact I'm still a Chief.
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PO1 Harry Champagne
PO1 Harry Champagne
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WHEN I WAS IN THE NAVY ESPECIALLY SHIP BOARD WE USED THE TERM MR. OFTEN
EXAMPLE AN OFFICER WITH THE NAME OF SMITH WOULD BE CALLED MR. SMITH.
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SCPO Bruce Petosky
SCPO Bruce Petosky
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SCPO (SW) Retired.
My response would depend on the rank and service of the other service member. It is certainly a teachable moment. One to re-enforce the difference in the rank insignia to a service member that should know, and two to educate a un-knowing service member of the difference.
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SCPO Don Hicks
SCPO Don Hicks
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It's no big deal, for the most part. From a distance it's hard to see the Star on top of the Anchor. I let it go, especially if it's someone I might rarely see.
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The best response I ever got from a Senior Chief that I called "Chief" by mistake when I was a junior Sailor: "That's ok, you can call me by my middle name." It made me think for a moment, and then laugh. He corrected me without being brash or negative, which I appreciated.
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MCPO Roger Collins
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When someone asked my first name, my response was Chief. As much as I appreciate my next two promotions, my promotion to CPO was the highlight of my career. Call me Chief anytime, my retirement check doesn't change.
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SN Greg Wright
SN Greg Wright
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I'm thinking you're not getting any Sailors to take that deal, Master Chief!
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When you were born, did your Mother name you Chief?
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MCPO Roger Collins
MCPO Roger Collins
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SCPO (Join to see) - No, the Navy did a "few" years later.
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I was at the Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune, NC about 20 years ago and a young marine walked up behind me and said, "What's up Army Duuuude!" When I turned around and he saw that I was a E-7/SFC, he snapped to at ease position and looked like a deer in the headlights. I told him that my rank was SFC, equivalent in rank to a Marine Corps Gunny, not Army Dude! I told him that if he is approaching someone from behind that he does not actually know, assume they are an officer or verify their rank first. He thanked me and I dismissed him!

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Sgt Carlos Barrera
Sgt Carlos Barrera
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That is a problem that I saw first hand in the Army while stationed there: everyone above the rank of Sgt is Sgt. Soldiers had to be reminded many times that an E7 is a Gunnery Sergeant or Gunny, not Sarge. Boy did I see many dressing downs by former D.I.'s chewing up soldiers for calling them by the wrong rank!!!
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SPC Justin Foster
SPC Justin Foster
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Sgt Carlos Barrera - Per regulations, you're supposed to address E-5 through E-8 as "Sergeant" in the Army. There are some NCO's in the Army that feel that they should be addressed as Master Sergeant, Sergeant First Class, or Staff Sergeant, and they are all incorrect. If you were being addressed improperly by Army junior enlisted, it's because they were taught the Army way, which is different from the Navy/Marine Corps way.
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SPC Justin Foster
SPC Justin Foster
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Sgt Carlos Barrera - I somehow posted the same thing twice, so I'm editing this one to mean nothing. Haha. Apologies!
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Sgt Carlos Barrera
Sgt Carlos Barrera
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SPC Justin Foster - IS all good, I just found it ironic that an E5 and an E7 are addressed as Sergeant, I know Marines do things different, but while aboard the Army base I was stationed, I addressed a SSgt as Staff Sergeant, and E7 SFC as Sergeant First Class, yeah I know it was a mouth full but I addressed them by their rank, our E7 Gunnery Sergeant do not have a problem, actually encourage us to addressed them as Gunny.
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