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I want to put a friend of mines burial flag in a case and I need help on the name plate. His D14 has his rank when discharged as SP5 (P) with the note APTD: 12 Nov 66 DOR: 12 Nov 65. Can someone tell me how best to display it on the plaque. Thank you.
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Ah, "equivalent" was the word I was looking for. (y)
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Specialist grades paralleled the corresponding grades of non-commissioned officer (E-4 through E-7) only in terms of pay. The specialist grades, although they outranked the enlisted grades (E-1 to E-3), were outranked by all non-commissioned officers (E-4 to E-9) and lacked the authority conferred on an NCO.
 

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Pardon my confusion. I'm not well versed in military ranks and naively assumed SPC5 was the same as a Sergeant. I see now they two are considered equal but not identical.
Same pay grade, but SPEC 5 is a Specialist. I believe they retired the Spec 5 rank and now only use 3 stripes for the E-5 pay grade. Still if his DD214 is SP5, then that’s how it should be used.
 

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Navy was less complicated. Seaman E1-E3, Petty Officer E4-E6 and Chief Petty Officer E7-E9. All equal in the same paygrade/rank.
E4 was a Petty Officer Third Class.
 

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I would have the Buck Sergeant chevrons engraved on both sides of his nameplate.
Why would you have a rank the guy never held engraved on his flag case?

They're equivalent not equal. A Sergeant is a Non Commissioned Officer and outranks a Specialist.
Great idea giving advice about it then.
 

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Same pay grade, but SPEC 5 is a Specialist. I believe they retired the Spec 5 rank and now only use 3 stripes for the E-5 pay grade. Still if his DD214 is SP5, then that’s how it should be used.
Prior to about 1985 or '86, the Army had Specialist 4, 5, 6, and 7. Each specialist rank was the same pay grade as that grad of NCO. Spec -4 = corporal, spec-5 = sergeant, Spec-6=Staff Sergeant and Spec-7 = Sergeant First Class. However, in terms of authority they were a half step below, so a Spec-4 outranked a PFC, but a Corporal outranked a Spec-4. The Army still has Specialist (not longer called Spec-4) and Corporal at E-4, but none of the others.

The guy's flag box should have:
 

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Prior to about 1985 or '86, the Army had Specialist 4, 5, 6, and 7. Each specialist rank was the same pay grade as that grad of NCO. Spec -4 = corporal, spec-5 = sergeant, Spec-6=Staff Sergeant and Spec-7 = Sergeant First Class. However, in terms of authority they were a half step below, so a Spec-4 outranked a PFC, but a Corporal outranked a Spec-4. The Army still has Specialist (not longer called Spec-4) and Corporal at E-4, but none of the others.

The guy's flag box should have:
There you go!

I found a couple of my old ones, I was a draftee so only in for 2years but made E-5.

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Prior to about 1985 or '86, the Army had Specialist 4, 5, 6, and 7. Each specialist rank was the same pay grade as that grad of NCO. Spec -4 = corporal, spec-5 = sergeant, Spec-6=Staff Sergeant and Spec-7 = Sergeant First Class. However, in terms of authority they were a half step below, so a Spec-4 outranked a PFC, but a Corporal outranked a Spec-4. The Army still has Specialist (not longer called Spec-4) and Corporal at E-4, but none of the others.

The guy's flag box should have:
Seems like somebody already said all of that
 

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It was sarcasm. So it means exactly the opposite of what I said. That's what "sarcasm" means. Good thing you asked, since lots of people probably didn't get that. /sarcasm.
 

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Maybe because I've seen it done before?
A person memorialized as having a rank he never held? He won't be around to complain, but that would be embarrassing to any Soldier or military family. Why not just throw on an eagle and pretend he was colonel?
 
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