Well, that clears things up…

Via Theo: Answers to all the questions you might have…

You see, all people in the Army are soldiers, all privates are soldiers, but not all soldiers are privates. Some are officers who are commissioned, but some are officers who are not commissioned. Obviously if every private was called private it would be confusing, so some privates are called things like trooper, driver, gunner, craftsmen, sapper or signaller. Not all of the drivers actually drive because some of them cook, but we don’t call them cooks, for that matter, not all drivers are called drivers – some of them are privates or gunners. Gunners as I’m sure you know are the guys that fire guns, unless of course they are drivers or signallers in which case we call them gunners rather than drivers or signallers just to make it clearer. All gunners belong to the artillery, except that in the infantry we have gunners who are called privates because they fire a different sort of gun, for the same reason we call our drivers and signallers private as well.

It’s Brit-speak, so there’s some translation involved, but close enough…

Go read the rest.

1 thought on “Well, that clears things up…”

  1. The USAF has some of that…

    The term “airman” can be applied to the specific rank of the enlisted ranks of that name, i.e., “Airman 1st Class” or in general to apply to the entire aircrew–officers & enlisted–or to everyone in the Air Force in general (well, not so much these days with more women, etc.) These distinctions being made generally by the news media…and often inappropriately, I might add.

Comments are closed.