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MILITARY RANKS. Major David L. Rogers USAF (Ret). Why Does the Military Have Ranks?. Provides a more strict structure Immediate recognition of experience and responsibility Necessary in emergencies Police and fire imitate this. Let’s Start With the Air Force. Two types of ranks Officer

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Military ranks

MILITARY RANKS

Major David L. Rogers

USAF (Ret)


Why does the military have ranks

Why Does the Military Have Ranks?

  • Provides a more strict structure

  • Immediate recognition of experience and responsibility

    • Necessary in emergencies

    • Police and fire imitate this


Let s start with the air force

Let’s Start With the Air Force

  • Two types of ranks

    • Officer

    • Enlisted

  • Officers have a college degree

    • THERE IS NO OTHER WAY

    • They have a commission from Congress

    • Typically are held to a higher level of accountability—Article 133 of the UCMJ

  • Enlisted typically enter without a college degree

    • They are divided into Airmen and NCO (Sergeant)


Airmen ranks

Airmen Ranks

  • Airman Basic

    • No Insignia

    • Basic Trainee

  • Airman

    • One stripe

  • Airman First Class

    • Two stripes

    • The rank after basic a JROTC cadet has

  • Senior Airman

    • Three stripes


Nco ranks

NCO RANKS

  • Junior NCOs

    • Staff Sergeant—4 stripes

    • Technical Sergeant—5 stripes


Senior ncos

Senior NCOs

  • Master Sergeant—One roof on the dog house

  • Senior Master Sergeant—Two roofs on the dog house

  • Chief Master Sergeant—Three roofs on the dog house

  • There are other positions—not ranks


Officer ranks

Officer Ranks

  • Officers are divided into three types

    • Junior Grade

    • Field Grade

    • General Officer


Junior grade officers

Junior Grade Officers

  • Second Lieutenant

    • Single Gold Bar

    • Entry Rank for most officers

  • First Lieutenant

    • Two years time in grade

    • No infractions

  • Captain

    • Four years time in service

    • Two years time in grade

    • No infractions

    • Review Board


Field grade officers

Field Grade Officers

  • Major

    • Approximately 12 years time in service

    • 6 – 8 years time in grade

    • Board Review

  • Lieutenant Colonel

    • 16 years in service

    • Board Review

  • Colonel

    • Usually 18-20 years

    • Board Review—very limited


General officers

General Officers

  • Normally up to four stars

    • Five stars possible but would require a multi-national force in time of war

  • Brigadier General—One Star

  • Major General—Two Stars

  • Lieutenant General—Three Stars

  • General—Four Stars

  • General of the Air Forces—Five Stars


Enlisted insignia

Enlisted Insignia


Officer insignia

Officer Insignia


Afjrotc rank

AFJROTC RANK

  • Enlisted very similar—torch replaces star

  • Airman Ranks

  • Junior NCO

  • Senior NCO


Afjrotc cadet officers

AFJROTC CADET OFFICERS

  • Series of thin and thick chevrons

  • Junior Officers have ALL THIN CHEVRONS

    • One Thin is second lieutenant

    • Two Thin is first lieutenant

    • Three thin is captain


Afjrotc cadet officers1

AFJROTC CADET OFFICERS

  • Cadet Senior Officers have thick and thin

    • Major has one thick chevron

    • Lieutenant Colonel has the one thick with one thin

    • Colonel has the thick with two thin chevrons


How do i get promoted

HOW DO I GET PROMOTED?

  • Left up to each unit

  • Here, you must complete tasks to achieve enlisted rank

  • Enlisted rank can also be attained as a result of superior performance and being placed in a position of leadership—normally after two semesters

    • One Chief Master Sergeant

  • Officer rank: two semesters and leadership school

    • SASI reserves one promotion per year for an enlisted person who performs above and beyond—normally a junior or senior who had problems going to leadership school

  • See the Web Site

    • http://www.gaston.k12.nc.us/schools/ashbrook/faculty/dlrogers/Pages/ClassInformation.aspx


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