When I was in the army (lantern begins to swing), I recall that at some point possibly in the 1970s a encyclical came from on high that in the army the expression âOfficers and other ranksâ was to be no more and would be replaced with âOfficers and soldiersâ I believe also that similar changes were made in the RN and RAF. Am I right or am I recalling just a suggestion? I have tried to tease a definitive answer from the MOD without, to date, any success. Why do I want to know you ponder? Well in connection with my PhD research into transitions within society, in particular civilian perceptions of the military and of ex military people (details available elsewhere on this site).