Talk:United States Air Force officer rank insignia

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During the 1990s, the USAF began using uniform striping similar to that of the Navy. This apparently proved unpopular and was abolished with five or six years. Interestingly, ALL information about this bit of Air Force history seems to have disappeared from the Web. Does anyone know where to find it?

I saw the sleeve stripes at the NROTC unit at the University of Minnesota. Next time I have a chance I should get them. --Mtnerd 17:19, 3 Aug 2004 (UTC)

USAF sleeves The sleeve stripes the Air Force tried to use were the same as current U.S. Navy, but silver on blue and no marking above the stripes. --Mtnerd 18:21, 10 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Brigadier General[edit]

I've often wondered why a service without brigades uses this rank. McGehee 01:01, 1 October 2006 (UTC)

It's just tradition; carried over directly from the Army since the Air Force started out as part of the Army. 21:17, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

I added information about the sleeve stripes which were asked about above, and also something to address McGehee's question about brigadier generals. Since the article has so much more information now, I un-stubbed it. PubliusFL 23:52, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

Correct epaulets[edit]

The pictures on this page are incorrect. The US Air Force epaulets have a thin silver stripe for Majors-Colonels (to signify Field Grade Officers) and a wide silver stripe for all generals. In addition, the ranks are not tapered as shown, they are straight. If anyone has pictures of the correct shoulderboard ranks, plesae put them in.

I think you misunderstand what the images are depicting. These are not the slide-on rank tabs worn on the light blue shirt, they're stylized depictions of the service dress jacket epaulets. The jacket epaulets are tapered, and do not have the silver stripes you describe. See the photo of Gen. Jumper in the article. PubliusFL 05:48, 21 March 2007 (UTC)

service coat shoulder epaulets are not tapered, but it really doesnt matter. Robkehr 00:15, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

Actually, if you have an Air Force service dress jacket, if you unbutton the epaulet and fold it back to touch the end where it meets the sleeve, you'll find that the end with the buttonhole is narrower than the outer end. Ergo, they are tapered, although not as much as the stylized images in the article might lead one to believe. PubliusFL 06:37, 15 July 2007 (UTC)


no source info... good job to whomever left that info out

Navy 0-3 bars[edit]

are those navy lt bars? air force and army bars dont connect so close to the ends of the bars —Preceding unsigned comment added by Robkehr (talkcontribs) 16:10, 4 December 2007 (UTC)


Under the 0-4 section, it is listed in the article as the rank of Major General and the corresponding insignia is a golden oak leaf, when in fact, the paygrade of 0-4 is Major. Major General corresponds to the paygrade 0-8, and the insignia is two stars. This is blantantly incorrect and I am changing it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:16, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

I also Fixed the links to Generl and General of the Air Force, respectively. I am still to this whole new Wikipedia thing, but they seem to be working, and the page is now correct to my knowledge. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:37, 3 March 2010 (UTC)