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  • Sold Date: Mar 26,2011
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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 Sergeant Major (BSM) Bugle Major Clerk of Works Quartermaster Sergeant Company Sergeant Major (CSM) Draughtsman Quartermaster Sergeant Drill sergeant Drum Major Engineer Clerk Quartermaster Sergeant Farrier Quartermaster Sergeant Foreman of Signals (Information Systems) (FofS IS) Foreman of Signals (FofS) Foreman of Signals Quartermaster Sergeant (obsolete) Foreman of Works Quartermaster Sergeant (obsolete) Garrison Quartermaster Sergeant Lithographer Quartermaster Sergeant (obsolete) Master Gunner 3rd Class Orderly Room Quartermaster Sergeant (ORQMS) Pipe Major Quartermaster Sergeant Instructor (QMSI) Regimental Quartermaster Corporal (RQMC) Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (RQMS) Saddler Quartermaster Sergeant Sergeant Major Signals (SMS) Squadron Corporal Major (SCM) Squadron Sergeant Major (SSM) Staff Quartermaster Sergeant Supervisor (Information Systems) (Supvr (IS)) Supervisor (Radio) (Supvr (R)) Surveyor Quartermaster Sergeant Technical Quartermaster Sergeant (TQMS) Troop Sergeant Major (TSM) Trumpet Major Yeoman of Signals (YofS)

From 1938, there was also a rank of Warrant Officer Class III ( WOIII ). The only appointments held by this rank were Platoon Sergeant Major , Troop Sergeant Major and Section Sergeant Major . The WOIII wore a crown on his lower sleeve (which is why all WOIIs switched to a crown in a wreath during this period). The rank was placed in suspension in 1940 and no new appointments were made, but it was never officially abolished.

[ edit ] Forms of Address

How Warrant Officers are addressed depends, as does much else in the British Army, on the traditions of their regiment or corps. However, there are some general rules of thumb:

WO1s are usually addressed as "Mr. surname " by officers and by their peers, and as "sir" or "Mr. surname , sir" by their subordinates (for female WO1s, "Mrs., Ms. or Miss surname ", "ma'am", and "Mrs., Ms. or Miss surname , ma'am", respectively); in some Regiments only the RSM's Commanding Officer [citation needed ], and he alone, has the privilege of addressing him as "RSM"; all others use the normal form of address for WO1s; WO2s are commonly addressed by their appointment, for example "Sergeant Major", "Corporal Major", "Q" for Quartermaster Sergeants or "RQ" for the Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant by their peers and superiors. They are addressed as "sir" or "ma'am" by subordinates. A notable exception to the above is the Foot Guards and Honourable Artillery Company where the Regimental Sergant Major is known as, and addressed by officers as, the Sergeant Major and the Company (HAC Squadron) Sergeants Major are addressed as Company (Squadron) Sergeant Major. [7 ]


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