Specialist (rank)

Taiwanese specialist rank insignia
Specialist 5 Dwight H. Johnson receiving the Medal of Honor from President Johnson
President Johnson presenting a then-Specialist 6 Lawrence Joel with Medal of Honor and Certificate
Photo of a U.S. Army Specialist 7
Example: Spec/4 or SPC brass collar rank insignia (worn from 1974–present)
The Medal of Honor was awarded to SP4 Michael J. Fitzmaurice by President Richard Nixon at the White House, 15 October 1973.

Military rank in some countries’ armed forces.

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Taiwanese specialist rank insignia

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The storming of Redoubt No. 10 in the Siege of Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War prompted Great Britain's government to begin negotiations, resulting in the Treaty of Paris and Great Britain's recognition of the United States as an independent state.

United States military occupation code

Nine-character code used in the United States Army and United States Marine Corps to identify a specific job.

Nine-character code used in the United States Army and United States Marine Corps to identify a specific job.

The storming of Redoubt No. 10 in the Siege of Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War prompted Great Britain's government to begin negotiations, resulting in the Treaty of Paris and Great Britain's recognition of the United States as an independent state.

"1" identifies a private (PVT) through specialist (SPC/pay grade E-4) or corporal (CPL/also pay grade E-4)

A Royal Navy boatswain's mate in 1820.

Petty officer

Non-commissioned officer in many navies and is given the NATO rank denotion OR-5 or OR-6.

Non-commissioned officer in many navies and is given the NATO rank denotion OR-5 or OR-6.

A Royal Navy boatswain's mate in 1820.
Relative Ranks in the Royal Navy, c1810
A petty officer of the Royal Navy on parade in London in 2015. Gold chevrons on the left arm represent good conduct, each one representing 4 years of service. After 15 years of service, with no breaks in good conduct, the individual is presented with their Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (nicknamed in the RN as Long Service & Undetected Crime Medal) it is the medal on the far right of this Petty Officer's row of medals.
Five United States Navy Reserve petty officers in Service Dress Uniform. From left to right: HM1, AT1, HM1, HM1, AT1.

Petty officer, third class is equivalent in paygrade to corporal in the United States Army, corporal in the United States Marine Corps, senior airman in the United States Air Force, and specialist 4 in the United States Space Force.

Army corporal

Corporal

Military rank in use in some form by many militaries and by some police forces or other uniformed organizations.

Military rank in use in some form by many militaries and by some police forces or other uniformed organizations.

Army corporal
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PLA Corporal epaulet
Insignia of alikersantti
Insignia of alikersantti
IAF Corporal Arm Insignia
IDF Rank: רב טוראי Rav turai (Rabat)
Shoulder strap of a kapral in the Polish Army.
Singapore Armed Forces' Corporal Insignia
Onbaşı insignia
RAF corporal insignia.
RAF corporal as it appears on dress uniform.
Venezuelan insignia
Army - shoulder
Army - sleeve
Air Force - sleeve
Second Corporal/Lance Corporal
First Corporal/Corporal
Master Corporal
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Spanish Army Cabo insignia.
Spanish Navy Cabo insignia.
Spanish Navy Marines Cabo insignia.
Spanish Air Force Cabo insignia.
Civil Guard Cabo insignia.

However, in several other countries, such as Canada, Italy and Norway, corporal is a junior rank, indicating a more experienced soldier than a private, and also on a higher pay scale, but having no particular command appointment corresponding to the rank, similar to specialist in the U.S. Army.

A U.S. Army sergeant from the 29th Infantry Division in 2011.

Sergeant

Rank in many uniformed organizations, principally military and policing forces.

Rank in many uniformed organizations, principally military and policing forces.

A U.S. Army sergeant from the 29th Infantry Division in 2011.
The insignia of an Australian police sergeant
OR-5 insignia
OR-5 insignia
OR-6 insignia
Sergeant insignia
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The collar and sleeve insignia of kersantti
German sergeant (Unteroffizier) shoulder board
German Navy sergeant (Maat) shoulder board
Irish Army sergeant's rank slider
IDF Rank: סמל Samal
The metal sergeant rank pin is worn on the collar of the uniform.
Sierżant shoulder strap
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RAF Sergeant's rank insignia
UK Police Patrol Sergeant Epaulette
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U.S. Marine sergeant's sleeve insignia
Old U.S. Air Force sergeant rank insignia.
U.S. Space Force sergeant rank insignia.
Army sergeant
Air Force sergeant
Sergeant insignia

Sergeants are considered specialists in the SAF.

"Insignia of the Army of the United States", Office of War Information.

United States Army enlisted rank insignia of World War II

Used during World War II differs from the current system.

Used during World War II differs from the current system.

"Insignia of the Army of the United States", Office of War Information.

The concept was brought back with specialist ranks in 1955.

New Senior Airman insignia. Formerly, old "buck sergeant" insignia.

Senior airman

Fourth enlisted rank in the United States Air Force, just above airman first class and below staff sergeant.

Fourth enlisted rank in the United States Air Force, just above airman first class and below staff sergeant.

New Senior Airman insignia. Formerly, old "buck sergeant" insignia.
Old USAF senior airman rank insignia 1975-1991

Formerly, from 1976 to 1991, this grade was divided into ranks with separate titles: sergeant (referred to unofficially but almost universally within the USAF as "buck sergeant" or simply "buck"), a non-commissioned officer; and senior airman, which is the equivalent of specialist, a non-supervisory rank.

Photo taken by United States Army photographer Ronald L. Haeberle on 16 March 1968, in the aftermath of the Mỹ Lai Massacre showing mostly women and children dead on a road

Mỹ Lai massacre

The mass murder of unarmed South Vietnamese civilians by United States troops in Sơn Tịnh District, South Vietnam, on 16 March 1968 during the Vietnam War.

The mass murder of unarmed South Vietnamese civilians by United States troops in Sơn Tịnh District, South Vietnam, on 16 March 1968 during the Vietnam War.

Photo taken by United States Army photographer Ronald L. Haeberle on 16 March 1968, in the aftermath of the Mỹ Lai Massacre showing mostly women and children dead on a road
Sơn Mỹ operations, 16 March 1968
South Vietnamese women and children in Mỹ Lai before being killed in the massacre, 16 March 1968.
 According to court testimony, they were killed seconds after the photo was taken. The woman on the right is adjusting her blouse buttons following an attempted sexual assault that happened before the massacre.
An unidentified man and child that were killed on a road
Warrant officer Hugh Thompson Jr. played a major role in ending the Mỹ Lai Massacre and later testified in the military prosecution against the war criminals responsible.
Dead bodies outside a burning dwelling
Mrs Nguyễn Thị Tẩu (chín Tẩu), killed by U.S. soldiers
Unidentified dead Vietnamese man
Unidentified dead body thrown down a well
SP5 Capezza burning a dwelling
PFC Mauro, PFC Carter, and SP4 Widmer (Carter shot himself in the foot with a .45 pistol during the My Lai Massacre.)
SP4 Dustin setting fire to a dwelling
Unidentified Vietnamese man
Victims at Mỹ Lai

A crew member, Specialist 4 Glenn Andreotta, entered the ditch and returned with a bloodied but apparently unharmed four-year-old girl, who was then flown to safety.

Hegewisch, Chicago

One of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois, located on the city's far south side.

One of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois, located on the city's far south side.

Signage from Hegewisch neighborhood.
South Shore Line's Hegewisch stop.

Carmel Bernon Harvey, Jr., Specialist in the United States Army and recipient of the Medal of Honor. He is a namesake of nearby Olive–Harvey College.

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Ryan G. Anderson

American former Washington State National Guardsman convicted by court-martial on September 3, 2004, on five counts of attempting to provide aid to the terrorist network al-Qaeda.

American former Washington State National Guardsman convicted by court-martial on September 3, 2004, on five counts of attempting to provide aid to the terrorist network al-Qaeda.

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Anderson was a tank crewman and held the rank of Specialist (E-4).

Theatrical release poster

Black Hawk Down (film)

2001 war film directed and produced by Ridley Scott, and co-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, from a screenplay by Ken Nolan.

2001 war film directed and produced by Ridley Scott, and co-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, from a screenplay by Ken Nolan.

Theatrical release poster

The U.S. forces include experienced men as well as new recruits, including 18-year-old Private First Class Todd Blackburn and Specialist John Grimes, a desk clerk.