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Charmion BS: Question about military rank (44) RE: BS: Question about military rank 17 Nov 19

Raedwulf, you’re close.

Things have changed over the last 20 years or so. ORs (“other ranks”, as we used to say) are no longer assumed to be the social and professional inferiors of officers, but instead are represented as specialist technicians who work with their commissioned colleagues, who are generalists trainedin leadership and planning. (Do you feel snowed yet?)

But to answer Mrrzy’s question directly, if you are talking to an ex-corporal, she will say, “I was a corporal when I got out.” A retired major will say, “I retired as a major.” The (Ret) désignation appears only in writing. As veterans, they hold the same rank, Civilian, and their title is Mister or Ms.

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