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What do the bars indicate? I know L/ff has one and Sub/O has two but what do they actually represent? - the Stn/O impellers represent part of a pump (i suppose), what are the bars?

I don't think they represent anything. Bars are a traditional and logical way to indicate rank and have been used by many organisations over the years. -- Necrothesp 00:02, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Merge discussion for Sub-Officer[edit]

Information.svg An article that you have been involved in editing, Sub-Officer, has been proposed for a merge with another article. If you are interested in the merge discussion, please participate by going to the article and clicking on the (Discuss) link at the top of the article, and adding your comments on the discussion page. Thank you. Korporaal1 (talk) 09:15, 18 February 2011 (UTC) Korporaal1 (talk) 09:15, 18 February 2011 (UTC) Though the literal translation is indeed sub-officer, or 'Sous-Officier'; the proper English term is Non-Commissioned Officer, or even its abbreviation: NCO. It seems to me that the term sub-officer is the result of an error in translation. Therefore I propose that this page is merged with the one about NCO's. Korporaal1 (talk) 09:15, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

The term Sub Officer (now historic with the change to role based ranks) actually relates to the use of sub as being below, in as below the Station Officer rank in the UK and Irish fires services. There is no such thing as an NCO within the fire service, I therefore propose that the Sub Officer and NCO are left as are. There is no connection between the two in any form. Geotek (talk) 00:30, 19 February 2011 (UTC)

Sorry - should have put this with the other part, I agree that the Argentine and French references could be moved, leaving the fire service ones as are.Geotek (talk) 00:37, 19 February 2011 (UTC)