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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Primer on Military Rank and Insignia

If you’re a regular ol’ civilian like me, you might have a lot of respect for the military, but you don’t know much about military culture. For example, military ranking. Thanks to television, books, and movies, and simply absorbing stuff from the ether by living in America all of my life, I’d picked up a bit on how ranking works in the various branches of the armed forces. But my knowledge was pretty cursory. I could tell you that stars on a shoulder meant the person in uniform was a general or that a single chevron on the sleeve meant they were a private, but that’s about it.

You might think that military rank isn’t something you need to know if you’re not in the service yourself, but as someone who reads a lot of biographies and military history books, I’ve found myself getting lost and a bit confused with the different ranks thrown around, the significance of moving from one rank to the next, or the authority that a certain figure did or did not have over another.

So I decided to study up and learn about ranks in the different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, their respective insignia, and where to look on uniforms to locate this insignia. I’ve got to say, it’s been one of the most fruitful, knowledge-building exercises I’ve done in awhile; I’m already seeing payoffs with my historical reading. And it’s nice to know that should I run into a member of the military, I’d be able to know at a glance where they fall in the hierarchy.



Anonymous said...

Where is the Traitor insignia John McCain wears so proudly ?

Anonymous said...

He wears a tattle tale insignia

Due to telling all he knew while as a POW

Anonymous said...

I've always said that John McCain is a traitor. When the Libtards and RINO's got bent out of shape about Trump's comments during the campaign I knew those idiots were very uneducated and spoon fed by the Liberal media.

John McCain squealed like a pig when he was a POW so they would release him. He is a traitor and should have been shot when he got back on American soil.

Anonymous said...

Here's a way to always remember which stars are Brigadier General, Major General, Lieutenant General, and General.
Use the first letter in each of these words - one star to 4 stars: Bald Men Love Girls.

Anonymous said...

936 - ouch!

Rebel Without a Clue said...

Or 0936 AM: "Be My Little General". That's what we were taught in the Army.