noncom = 'enlisted person'

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 19 11:40:17 UTC 2014

RE: corporals in the NCO club. IIRC, the Army was phasing out the rank of
corporal c. late '60s. I was a drill corporal at NCO school; but otherwise,
it seemed the only other corporals were NCOs (sergeants) that got busted
down to E-4, but in consolation it was to corporal & not SP-4, and so could
still go to the NCO club. To further confuse the ranks, the Army introduced
lance corporal E-3 briefly, and fiddled with the chevrons & rockers.
Basically, it was a royal snafu.

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