Official terms of address for Sergeants

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  1. Can someone tell me the official terms of address for the sergeant grades in the British Army?

    In the US Army, the ranks of Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Sergeant First Class and Master Sergeant are addressed as 'Sergeant',

    First Sergeants are 'First Sergeant' and Sergeant Majors and Command Sergeant Majors are 'Sergeant Major'.
  2. Depends on where you are in the food chain.

    If you are pondlife like me then it goes


    Staff or Colour (possibly other tribal variations in some of the more outlaying regions of the military)


    If you are somewhere else on the payscale then your mileage may vary.
  3. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    It also depends which unit you serve in too.

    For example, in some units, you might say guvnor, or boss, in others you might say Sargeant. You might also call them 'colour' or 'sir'.

    If you are in the navy, you call them 'darling' or 'sweetie'
  4. Sergeant = "Sergeant"

    Colour Sergeant/Staff Sergeant = "Colour Sergeant" /" Staff Sergeant" or "Colour"/"Staff" or sometimes the appointment if in a CQMS/SQM slot ie "Q"

    WO2 in a Sergeant Major appointment = "Sergeant Major" or sometimes "CSM"/"ASM"

    WO2 in a non-Sergeant Major appointment = "Mister" or appointment title eg "RQ"/"Chief Clerk"/"Master Chef" or just "Q" if appropriately trained & badged.

    WO1 in an RSM slot = "RSM", in a non-RSM slot same rules as for WO2.

    I'm sure there are other vagaries I've missed.
  5. Aren't the drill sergeants referred to as Drill Sergeant too?
  6. Fugly

    Fugly LE DirtyBAT

    What is the matter with your previous usernames? :roll: :wink:
  7. I've always found sarge goes down quite well. :)
  8. I used to call mine Bill.

    That was his name after all.
  9. blue-sophist

    blue-sophist LE Good Egg (charities)

    The Royal Air Force used to call Chief Warrant Officers "STUPID" .. no change here, then.
  10. Well spotted :x

  11. :clap: :clap: :clap:

    For the Scots Guards- Lance Sergeant (don't ask) and Sergeant it's "Sergeant", everybody else is "Sir".
  12. Thank you for the information - much more complicated than the US Army.

    I don't understand. Is this British humor??
  13. Fugly

    Fugly LE DirtyBAT

    Depends if you want saluting or not :D
  14. If you're junior to WO2/WO1, "Sir"
  15. Still looking for salutes ?