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OPFOR and predecessors

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OPFOR and predecessors

Unread postby general_tiu » Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:51 pm

I went to the OPFOR insignia at the main site, but it seems that there is no rank titiles? What are they?
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Unread postby Caim_Dubh » Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:21 am

Not sure about now, but last time I went through JRTC--1999--the title depended on the situation. The insignia is not specific only to Hood and Bragg, by the way.

If the OPFOR member was taken prisoner by the BLUFOR they would use something similar to an English translation of the old Soviet block ranks. Notice I say something similar. When they were in a typical unit setting getting ready for the field they'd use US Army rank titles.

Private (E-1 to E-3)
Corporal (E-4)
Junior Sergeant (E-5)
Sergeant (E-6)
Senior Sergeant (E-7)
Chief Sergeant (E-8 or E-9)

The officers would diverge a little in the warrant ranks, i.e. all under one rank insignia.

Junior Lieutenant (W-1 to W-5)
Lieutenant (O-1)
Senior Lieutenant (O-2)
Captain (O-3)
Major (O-4)
Lieutenant Colonel (O-5)

I had a manual from JRTC that had rank insignia for officers going up to O-7, again based on the Soviet model. They also had a special OPFOR parachutist insignia.
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Unread postby general_tiu » Sat Aug 16, 2008 3:48 am

Can you scan it for our benefit and remove doubts? smilies-07
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Unread postby Caim_Dubh » Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:15 pm

Sorry, no scan. Last time I saw that book was in February 2000 when I was moving to South Korea. Since units assigned to South Korea don't go to JRTC, I threw the book away thinking I'd never need it again. smilies-09

If I come across anything from JRTC in the near future I'll post it.
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Unread postby general_tiu » Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:28 pm

Looks like I found the right site for it...

http://usarmyinsigniahomepage.110mb.com/opfor.html
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Unread postby Caim_Dubh » Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:48 am

I'll have to see if I can find out where he got the info for that. I'm positive the insignia listed for "Junior Lieutenant" was used for all warrant officers. The reason I remember this is because I thought it was peculiar that they would use the same insignia for all five warrant grades. Of course, the OPFOR is basically an infantry battalion, so any warrant officers wearing the OPFOR uniform would typically be attached anyway.
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Unread postby opformedic » Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:07 am

That website showing the rank shoulder boards is close, but not correct. I still have my OPFOR OG-107's hanging in my closet. I will be glad to correct the website listed below.
http://usarmyinsigniahomepage.110mb.com/opfor.html

Starting with the top row.
No rank for Private E-1 or E-2
Single line PFC E-3
Two lines Specialst or Corporal E-4
3 lines (not shown) Sergeant E-5
1 Thick line Staff Sergeant E-6
2 Thick Sergeant First Class E-7
3 Thick Master Sergeant or First Sergeant E-8
4 Thick (not shown) Sergeant Major E-9

Bottom row.
Warrant Officer.....When I was in the only WO ran the motorpool
2nd LT
1st LT
Captain
Major
Lt. Col.
Bn Cmdr was the highest ranking officer and was no higher in rank than LTC.

To help stop confusion in rank while in garrison pin on rank was worn on the left breast pocket.
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Unread postby Caim_Dubh » Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:19 am

Good info. I always assumed the rank chart I saw was hypothetical at the top end, considering there were never any generals assigned directly to the OPFOR. I figured it was something that was set up in case they wanted to "honor" some senior officer with an OPFOR uniform, plus from a IPB/OB stand point it looked good on paper.
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