US Air Force Master Sgt - why change in 1991?
Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:39 PM
Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:20 PM
Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:50 PM
Its that old "differentiation" thing that happens between parents and offspring, in my opinion - and has caused no end of confusion or frustration to those of us who wore the blue at various points in time.
I wish they'd just follow the Army model once and for all and leave it the hell alone, forever.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:50 PM
"Other than the elimination of the E-4 Sergeant rank, the most significant change of this period was the addition of one stripe atop each of the senior NCO chevrons (E-7-E-9)
The change in rank insignia for the first time clearly distinguished the top three senior NCO ranks from other NCOs."
From Lance. P Young's "Into the blue, Uniforms of the United States Air Force 1947-present" Pg. 144
and the USAF Historical Research Agency's, "A chronology of the enlisted rank chevron of the USAF" 19 Feb 1992
"The justification for the change, as provided by Gen. McPeak, was to bring the insignia more in line with that worn by top enlisted members in the Army and Marine Corps."
Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:12 PM
Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:54 PM
Frank (SMSgt, Ret)
Can't remember how many times I was called Chief and then had to explain the changes to vets.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:38 PM
Edited by ffuries, 26 April 2012 - 07:39 PM.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:47 PM
We would joke around during the change-over and refer to the MSgt's with the new chevrons as STSgt's (Senior TSgt's), until I got my backside handed to me on a silver platter. Was told that being a Sergeant (E-4) at the time, I was basically an over-paid Senior Airman (E-4).
I knew the last buck sergeant in the USAF. He finally sewed on SSgt in 1997. I sincerely think he did it on purpose.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:16 AM
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