Buck Sargent???

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5 years 10 months ago #151 by stimm
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Vietnam-era articles occasionally refer to E-4's as "Buck Sargent" or "Sargent" rather than "Airman First Class." In my admittedly limited (SAC 1963-67) USAF experience, E-4's were definitely NOT considered NCO's, three stripes notwithstanding. Was this an official rank and, if not, where and when was it used?

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5 years 10 months ago #152 by michaelflorenco
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Senior airman (SrA) is the fourth enlisted rank in the United States Air Force, just above airman first class and below staff sergeant. It has a pay grade of E-4.The Air Force mirrored the Army from 1976 to 2 May 1991 with an E-4 being either a Senior Airman wearing three stripes without a star or a Sergeant (informally referred to as "Buck Sergeant") which was noted by the presence of the central star and considered an NCO. Despite not being an NCO, a Senior Airman who has completed Airman Leadership School can be a supervisor. Hope that helps!

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5 years 10 months ago #153 by michaelflorenco
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Senior airman (SrA) is the fourth enlisted rank in the United States Air Force, just above airman first class and below staff sergeant. It has a pay grade of E-4. Air Force mirrored the Army from 1976 to 2 May 1991 with an E-4 being either a Senior Airman wearing three stripes without a star or a Sergeant (informally referred to as "Buck Sergeant") which was noted by the presence of the central star and considered an NCO. Despite not being an NCO, a Senior Airman who has completed Airman Leadership School can be a supervisor. Hope that helps!

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5 years 9 months ago #155 by J2l3
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It was an official rank from late 68/early 69 to 1997. In 1997 it was completely eliminated through attrition. The actual title was Sgt. But was commonly called Buck Sgt.
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5 years 9 months ago #157 by hammer5682
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I was one of those "Buck Sergeants" .. Promoted to Senior Airman then went to a NCO Academy - graduated the NCO Academy and was given my 3 stripes with the central star and the rank of Sergeant. At the time (1973) I was at Minot AFB.. In the 91st Security Police squadron.

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5 years 9 months ago #158 by stimm
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Thanks to everyone who replied. Apparently I was in at the wrong time (1963-67) to receive that honorific. I also understand that the pay was the same as a "regular" E-4, so I guess I didn't miss much.
Steve

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