Technician fifth grade

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Technician fifth grade (abbreviated as T/5 or TEC 5) was a United States Army technician rank during World War II. Those who held this rank were addressed as corporal, though were often called a "tech corporal". Technicians possessed specialized skills that were rewarded with a higher pay grade. The pay grade number corresponded with the technician's rank. T/5 was under the pay grade 5, along with corporal. Technicians were easily distinguished by the "T" imprinted on the standard chevron design for that pay grade.

The technician ranks were removed from the U.S. Army rank system in 1948, though the concept was brought back with the Specialist ranks in 1955.[1]

A technician fifth grade during World War II.

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  1. ^ Elder, Daniel K. "The Short History of the Specialist Rank" (PDF).