It was a measure to thin the ranks of combat service support soldiers and reclassify the specialist Military Occupation Skills to combat support and Combat Arms. The specialist E-4 rank was maintained because at the time only Corporals were former NCOs that were busted to E-4. This was done during the early post Vietnam days when the army was involved in a reduction in force. I remember reclassified SSG & SFC into the Infantry that couldn't lead a fire team. I had a platoon sergeant that spent more time on sickcall than on duty. I was glad to see him sent to the motor-pool. There were a lot of SP5 & SP6 that ETS to keep from going into combat arm. I also, saw a lot of good Officers RIF back to NCO Ranks during this period. There was a lot of BS Drills conducted to drive people out! Same patterns were started in 2008. Think about it..................
I was a SP/5 but officially a Corporal was a NCO and I was not. A guy in my unit was buck SGT. He was given that because our authorized SSG was not due in for 90 days. He got busted to Corporal for stealing a painting off the wall in the rod and gun club one night when he was drunk. Camp Peri, Weisbaden Germany 1968. The accountable officer a new 2LT said bobby you are to supervise police call. And the barracks for the next 30 days and stay away from Craig. He is the boss. Bobby Fairchild was his name. He got out after his enlistment was up. You never recover from a court martial.
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