dcfowler wrote:Interestingly, although the Air Force divested itself of warrants many years ago, the Defense Logistics Agency and Institute of Heraldry have updated the insignia specifications every so often for The Air Force.
The odd part is that although USAF W-1 through W-4 insignia continue to have the specifications that they had in the 60s and 70s (gold and silver bars with sky blue bands), the specification for Air Force W-5 is currently the previous Army W-5 insignia (4 pierced rectangles on a silver bar). The difference between Air Force and Army W-5, is that the Army rectangles are black enamel and the Air Force rectangles are sky blue enamel.
Luke2 wrote:In the US Navy, the masters became Lieutenant's Junior Grade sometime after the Civil War, which must mean that they had been in the line of promotion before that; not just sailing masters or warrant officers of wardroom rank.
Luke2 wrote:At some point of time the US Navy introduced the CWO rank, which the Royal Navy also introduced. But when did the US Navy abolish the WO1 rank, and why? And when and why did they expand the CWO ranks from just "plain" CWO to today's four ranks?
Was the navy affected by developments in the army, or was the navy instigating the changes?
Blakwhit wrote:My understanding is that the US Navy decided not to use the WO1 rank in 1975. The justification was that many E-7s would actually lose pay upon appointment to WO1 due to their years in service. The Army did not have this issue because enlisted men apply for the warrant officer program much earlier in their career than they do in the Navy.
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