PAIR OF BLACK WARRANT OFFICER RANK BADGES (RIFLE REGT)

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  • Source: eBay UK
  • Sold Date: Mar 26, 2011
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PAIR OF WO2 RQMS BQMS SQMS RANK BADGES TO THE RIFLES REGIMENTS

Pair of AA black rank badges for a warrant officer class 2 in the Rifles regiments of the British Army.

AA Queens Crown within a laurel wreath. To the rear of each are two fixing lugs.

Normally worn on a wrist band on the right wrist.

Warrant Officer WO2

In the British Armed Forces , a Warrant Officer is the highest non-commissioned rank, holding the Queen's (or King's) Warrant, which is signed by the Secretary of State for Defence . Warrant Officers are not saluted, but are to be addressed as 'Sir/Ma'am' by subordinates. Their seniors may address Warrant Officers either by their appointment (eg QMSI, RSM or Sergeant Major) or as "Mister, Mrs or Ms" and then their last name, e.g. "Mr Smith". Warrant Officers have all been promoted from lower ranks.

WO2s wear a crown on the lower sleeve, surrounded by a wreath for Quartermaster Sergeants and all WO2s in the Royal Army Medical Corps and the 9/12th Royal lancers (P.O.W.s) (The wreath was used for all WOIIs from 1938 to 1947). Appointments held by WO2s include:

Accountant Quartermaster Sergeant (obsolete) Armament Quartermaster Sergeant Armourer Quartermaster Sergeant Artificer Quartermaster Sergeant (AQMS) Band Corporal Major (BCM) Band Sergeant Major (BSM) Battery
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