I saw an ambulance chief on the TV the other night and he was wearing Field Marshall's ranks on his shoulders. On the same programme was a ambulance para-medic who was wearing crowns on her shoulders. Do they really need to wear such rank badges? I note that non seem to be corporals or sergeants. A couple of years ago I reas an article about two adjacent ambulance services in the Midlands. One was the worst performing in the country and the other was the best. The best performing ones wore plain green uniforms with no badges of rank displayed whilst the worst performing ones had lots of gold braid and officers rank badges.