Originally Posted by B47
Ok - since I'm the one who said here that I THOUGHT the wo was done away in the U.S. Military with the E-8 and E-9 grades,I did some research and found that the the wo rank is alive in the U.S. Army,U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, and U.S. Marines.
It is NOT a rank in the U.S. Air Force.
War stories, helmets on....many years ago as a Corporal in a Canadian Infantry Battalion, I and a buddy were tasked to escort the Regimental Pipes and Drums to a show at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. Fast forward to the point, my buddy and I were lodged in quarters in Fort Myer and were heading to the Ranks Mess for lunch. Lady at the counter needed a name and rank on a register to get in. Not being from the US services I put "Cpl", later learning I was in the wrong mess, she says no no you have to be an "E something". So I say to myself, buddy in front of me was an E9, so for this lunch hour I am an E9 too. Lunch was great and it should have been as I learned later from the Drum Major that the Canadian equalivient to E9 is Chief Warrant Officer, top rank in the "Enlisted side" of the house. Whoops...