- From: "Don Phillipson" <d.phillipson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 17:15:46 -0400
On Mon, 15 May 2006 01:19:49 +0200, "Aria" <aria7@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
what does this acronym "NCO" corps mean during World War One ?
Were they a sort of " military police" or else ?
"Steve Hayes" <hayesmstw@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
"NCO" is not an acronym. I've only ever heard it pronouced "En see oh".
And it stands for "Non-commissioned officer"
It may help the poster to know NCOs range from corporal
to sergeant and warrant officer. In the British system the
corporals (2 stripes) and lance-corporals (1 stripe=chevron
worn on the sleeve) live with the men (private soldiers) but
the sergeants have their own sergeants' mess. Sergeants
wear three stripes and very senior sergeants (sergeant-
major, warrant officer etc.) wear special badges instead
of chevrons. Temporary acting rank is common in wartime,
i.e. a corporal may be promoted to sergeant (thus move
his clothes to the sergeants' mess) and later find himself
a corporal agaiin and back in the barrack room.
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