View Poll Results: What is/was your rank/grade

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  • E5-E6

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  • E7

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  • E8

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  • E9

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  • W1-W5

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    Military folks, what is your rank?

    Yes I realize those are grades and not ranks. We have a bunch of current and former military members here so I thought it would be interesting to see how it breaks down. If you are former military please check the box of the rank you held upon separation/retirement. Non-US military, feel free to pick the grade that best equates.

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    Re: Military folks, what is your rank?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    Yes I realize those are grades and not ranks. We have a bunch of current and former military members here so I thought it would be interesting to see how it breaks down. If you are former military please check the box of the rank you held upon separation/retirement. Non-US military, feel free to pick the grade that best equates.

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    A Marine or naval warrant officer is significantly different from an Army warrant officer. It's like comparing a Harley Davidson to a Schwinn bike. (Bad comparison, sorry Army.)

    Marine Corps WO requirements:

    Be serving on active duty (other than active duty for training) in the Regular Marine Corps and meet the following grade and time in service criteria, as applicable:
    (1) For the Technical WO program, minimum grade of sergeant and have not less than 8 or more than 16 years of active naval service.
    (2) For the Non-technical (Marine Gunner) WO program, minimum grade of gunnery sergeant and have not less than 16 or more than 23 years of active naval service.
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    Re: Military folks, what is your rank?

    I am an Army W3 (Chief Warrant Officer Three). For the civilians, warrant officers (with the exception of some aviators) start off in the enlisted ranks. I was in the Army for a couple years before I first laid my eyes on warrant officer. Warrant only make up about 2% of the Army. I was enlisted for 9 years before going warrant.

    When I was attending my Warrant Officer Basic Course as a W1 at Fort Huachuca I walked past a group 2nd lieutenants who were fresh out of ROTC or OCS and were there for initial training in their particular field. The rank of a 2nd lieutenant is a gold bar. The next higher rank is 1st lieutenant and it is a silver bar. I guess these “butter bars” didn’t know what the hell to make of my silver bar with a black square in the center because one of them yelled “Group! AttenTION!” They all snapped to attention and the LT who called them to attention rendered a salute and in his loudest voice yelled “Sir, GOOD MORNING, SIR!” he may have also included the greeting of the day or some other nonsense soldiers and officers in initial training have to do.

    I walked up to him, rendered a salute and just held it, staring him down. He was very nervous. We stood like that for a few seconds and the following conversation commenced:

    Me: Lieutenant?
    LT: Yes, Sir!
    Me: Drop your salute.
    LT: *hesitates and then drops salute*
    Me: *drops salute* Lieutenant?
    LT: Yes, Sir!
    Me: I’m a warrant officer.
    LT: *blank stare:
    Me: YOU outrank ME
    LT: Yes, Sir! Sorry, Sir!
    Me: *sighs* Carry on Lieutenant.

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    Discharged from active duty from the Marine Corps as an E-5, Sergeant.

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    Re: Military folks, what is your rank?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    I am an Army W3 (Chief Warrant Officer Three). For the civilians, warrant officers (with the exception of some aviators) start off in the enlisted ranks. I was in the Army for a couple years before I first laid my eyes on warrant officer. Warrant only make up about 2% of the Army. I was enlisted for 9 years before going warrant.

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    My first experience with Army WO's was in Vietnam, there were hundreds and hundreds of them. The first time I got in to an Army Slick it was pointed out to me that Army WO's were different from Marine WO's that all of these Army helicopter WO's only had a high school education. But I learned they had high GCT scores around 115 and above.

    Have no idea if I was being jerked off or not at the time but I was told that the Army WO's helicopter pilots made better helicopter pilots than the college grad officers. That they were crazier. That was reassuring to hear. Yep, they were crazy flyers and that's what the Army wanted.

    The Marine Corps "Gunner Warrant Officer" is probably the most respected rank in the Marine Corps.

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    Re: Military folks, what is your rank?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    I am an Army W3 (Chief Warrant Officer Three). For the civilians, warrant officers (with the exception of some aviators) start off in the enlisted ranks. I was in the Army for a couple years before I first laid my eyes on warrant officer. Warrant only make up about 2% of the Army. I was enlisted for 9 years before going warrant.

    When I was attending my Warrant Officer Basic Course as a W1 at Fort Huachuca I walked past a group 2nd lieutenants who were fresh out of ROTC or OCS and were there for initial training in their particular field. The rank of a 2nd lieutenant is a gold bar. The next higher rank is 1st lieutenant and it is a silver bar. I guess these “butter bars” didn’t know what the hell to make of my silver bar with a black square in the center because one of them yelled “Group! AttenTION!” They all snapped to attention and the LT who called them to attention rendered a salute and in his loudest voice yelled “Sir, GOOD MORNING, SIR!” he may have also included the greeting of the day or some other nonsense soldiers and officers in initial training have to do.

    I walked up to him, rendered a salute and just held it, staring him down. He was very nervous. We stood like that for a few seconds and the following conversation commenced:

    Me: Lieutenant?
    LT: Yes, Sir!
    Me: Drop your salute.
    LT: *hesitates and then drops salute*
    Me: *drops salute* Lieutenant?
    LT: Yes, Sir!
    Me: I’m a warrant officer.
    LT: *blank stare:
    Me: YOU outrank ME
    LT: Yes, Sir! Sorry, Sir!
    Me: *sighs* Carry on Lieutenant.
    When I first saw a Warrant Officer, I didn't know what to make of the rank, so I saluted him just to be safe. My first unit was a small airbase in Korea, so all kinds of uniforms and ranks strolled through.

    My favorite saluting moment is an Air Force CPT who thanked me for saluting him, but didn't return the salute. I guess C&C isn't a part of the Air Force.
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