Rank Markings - Enlisted Personnel

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Cuff Ranks  -  1994

These rank markings are worn on the cuff of the Service Dress Tunic and Greatcoat.  The RQMS wears one red band and the RSM wears two red bands below the badge. 

                 
       
Apprentice 2 Star Airman 3 Star Airman Corporal Sergeant
                 
         
Flight
Quartermaster Sergeant
Flight Sergeant Regimental
Quartermaster Sergeant
Regimental
Sergeant Major
                 

 

Sliders - 1994

These were the first series of sliders  All these sliders were actually worn despite the poor quality. 

         
                           
Apprentice 2 Star Airman 3 Star Airman Corporal Sergeant
       
                                  
Flight
Quartermaster Sergeant
Flight Sergeant Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Regimental
Sergeant Major
       

As a piece of useless information, these sliders were made like all badges on large sheets.  The problem was that the Defence Forces badge machine operator tried to get as many badges on a sheet as possible.  The result was that there was no distance between badges to allow for shaping and size.  In trying to save on material the end result was a lot of waste on the sheets and a poor rank.  In 2001 the contract went to a civilian company.

 

Sliders  -  2001 

         
      

      

             

Apprentice 2 Star Airman 3 Star Airman Corporal Sergeant
       
      

                           

Flight QM Sgt Flight Sergeant Regimental QM Sgt Regt Sgt Major
       

 

Sliders  -  2003 

Sliders for wear on the DPM uniform were introduced for Air Corps personnel in September 2003.  All enlisted ranks received sliders with the exception of 2 Star Airman.  It was felt that the transition period between qualification as a 2 Star airman and  3 Star airman is to short to justify production of a rank insignia (but if needs arise the insignia will be produced).

 

                    
Apprentice 3 Star Airman Corporal Sergeant
       
                    
Flight QM Sergeant Flight Sergeant Regimental QM Sgt Regt Sgt Major
       

 

Helmet Ranks  -  2007

This series of rank insignia are for wear on the RABINTEX RBH303IE Helmet which was introduced during 2007. 
The rank is quite small 25mm x 38mm and is fixed by velcro to the front of the helmet cover.

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Star Airman   Corporal   Sergeant   Flt QM Sgt   Flight Sergeant   Regt QM Sgt   Regt Sgt Major
           

 

           

 

The two rank sliders below are sliders that were made for me, Flt.Sgt. James G. Perkins, (from the original tape) prior to departing on overseas service in 1996 and 2000.  Following the introduction of the slider for the French style uniform the policy was that Air Corps and Navy personnel wore the equivalent army rank slider.  Since then the Navy has introduced subdued sliders.

   

 

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 Page Updated : Sunday, 26 January 2014