European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Jun 20 1968, Page 8

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - June 20, 1968, Darmstadt, HessePago 8 the stars and stripes thursday recognition to All army members senior cos played a part in Stripe chant _. �. I a _ an new to in a temp Fitch of Iti Cornia a morn flip Niiori oui Prairo Var to Washington is the army s latest stripes change i aimed at giving some visible recognition to All the trained Menand women it has in uniform and improving the morale of non commissioned officers. Senior cos played a Large part in the change the army now and june 30, All the 146,000 privates e2 will Luton one Stripe formerly the in Signia of privates first class an the 231,000 pics will Wear the new Chevron and arc of first class private. This move will bring the army into line with the other services which recognize e2s with the two stripes of a Seaman apprentice or the one Stripe of a Marine pfc or airman. Army officials Point out the could have followed the Marine pattern in making the change by introducing the Grade of Lance Corporal but senior cos did no favor the plan. And since the army puts a lot of weight in their judgment the idea was dropped. The army also said it contemplates no further changes in Grade or insignia but if past experience is any indication of future events it would seem that More changes will some Day be made. None Are contemplated however the army says. One of the most complicated aspects of insignia Down through the years has been the stripes overlap problem which arose in1958 when the super grades e8 and e9 were introduced. Some192,000 cos were authorized to continue wearing their old Stripe when the change was made to preclude removing any stripes atthe time. When these men were promoted a Grade they continue to Wear their old stripes. The army hoped initially that time would solve the problem which it has to a degree since the 192,000 have dwindled to only6,600 who Are still in service. These Are men who had not Bee promoted in at least a decade the army explained. Extensive surveys have show that most cos want to keep the present stripes system be cause of tradition but they also want to eliminate the overlap Asa boost to the morale of those now wearing the insignia of their actual Grade. Pc army realizes this popular for a few ,.awsaffia new abbreviations Washington is the army has Esthus authorized abbreviations and Brevity codes for its toe commissioned officers. They Are sea for sergeant of the army Sam for staff sergeant major and flask command sergeant major the army said. Effective june 30,1968 army 1958 present army

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