Talk:Equipment operator

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Capitalization of Navy Ratings[edit]

For a reason I have not yet fully understood, user Shem has de-capitalized this article, and cited WP:MILTERMS as his justification. However, his citation specifically cites the following exception: "Enlisted personnel in navies and coast guards capitalize each particular name of their rating. For example, Aviation Boatswain's Mate Chief John Smith." Therefore, my proposal is to have this article revert to its proper spelling of capitalizing every word in the rate. Please vote agree or disagree. Thanks! Highspeed (talk) 09:55, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

I'll leave the same message here as I did at my talk page. - I'm afraid the misinterpretation is yours. According to WP:MILTERMS, the general guidance is "Military ranks follow the same capitalization guidelines as given under titles of people above." The specific line you refer to signals that rank-and-name for navies and coast guards should be written as "Aviation Boatswain's Mate Chief John Smith", not "Aviation boatswain's mate Chief John Smith". I'm not quite sure how it crept in there actually, since you wouldn't write "Regimental sergeant major John Smith" either, but there you go. Ranks per se (ie not as part of a name) are lower case, as is eloquently explained at WP:JOBTITLES. And it's not a !vote - see WP:VOTE. Shem (talk) 20:55, 4 September 2013 (UTC)