Well, the Air Force did not make your job easier during Vietnam, as to enlisted ranks, 1961-75.
In 1966, right in the middle of a war (for what possible good reason they HAD to do it right then nobody knows), they determined that:
E-2 (1 stripe) should become Airman instead of A3C
E-3 should become A1C instead of A2C
E-4 should become Sgt (for awhile) then SrA instead of A1C
MSgt went from 6 stripes to 7
SMSgt went from 7 stripes to 8
CMSgt went from 8 stripes to 9
To make everything even weirder, for a short time they also decided to produce enlisted chevrons without a white/silver star in the center of the circle.
Presumably, all of this was so as to conform more closely with recent traditional Army rank structure. But, it created a mess and, to most airmen, a horrendous embarrassment.
Officer ranks were left alone, the only difference between then and now is that then we still had Warrant Officers.
Edited by Bluehawk, 22 August 2010 - 03:53 AM.