Which rank or job meant the most to you?

This is probably best aimed at those amongst us who had a proper, lengthy career and shiined at least partIway up the greasy pole in doing so (ie not me).

I was wondering which rank you earned in your time meant the most to you and/or your family?

Was it your first stripe, perhaps, or the third and joining the Sgts' Mess, or when (if) you got your Warrant?

Or perhaps is was still the biggest day of all when you passed out as a recruit, glanced in the mirror and saw a soldier looking back at you?

Jobs as well, the first time you were left alone in charge of a spanner? Commanded a vehicle or a section?

They all mean something, but was there a single 'big' one that meant more than the rest?


L/Cpl then Cpl Aircrewman Observer. Giving instructions on where to drive, to someone who outranked me, followed closely by Sgt Aircraft Commander, giving instructions on where to drive, to someone who (frequently) outranked me.

My last posting had me allocating helicopter resources at HQNI, which chiefly revolved around giving sightseeing trips to attractive women, and taking the piss out of the RAF.


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Second head cleaner. E wing. HMP Durham. Happy days.
Call me cynical, but it is the current one because it means the difference between a decent pension and a good one.


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The next rank
Pte to LCpl. Fcuk me that was a hard year from joining to passing out as a fully fledged monkey.
Warrior Driver.....................except track bashing
was responsible for a short time in 1970 for 12 wracs and cars at thiepval bks...didn't get to shag any....**** I must have been an ugly sod.
As a Driver RCT.
Fitter Section Artisan SSgt - Awesome lads and LAD.
no it was just a l/cpls job ...nothing special just detail clerk
Hey dude I wasn't Quoting your post mate . It was an independent post stating my favourite rank which was Dvr RCT .