Staff Sergeant

Staff Sergeant

:"For the brush-footed butterfly species, see "Athyma selenophora.Staff Sergeant is a rank of non-commissioned officer used in several countries.

The origin of the name is that they were part of the staff of a British army regiment and paid at that level rather than as a member of a battalion or company.


In the Australian Army, the rank of Staff Sergeant is slowly being phased out. It was usually held by the Company Quartermaster Sergeant or the holders of other administrative roles. Staff sergeants are always addressed as "Staff Sergeant" or "Staff", never as "Sergeant" as it degrades their rank. "Chief" is another nickname, usually for those who hold the quartermaster's role. A staff sergeant ranks above Sergeant and below Warrant Officer Class 2.


In the Israel Defense Forces, soldiers are promoted from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant ("Samál rishón") after approximately 32 months of service, if they performed their duties appropriately during this time. Soldiers who take a commander's course may become staff sergeants earlier. Staff sergeants get a symbolic pay raise of 1.90 NIS.


A Staff Sergeant (SSG) in the Singapore Armed Forces ranks above First Sergeant (1SG) and below Master Sergeant (MSG). It is the second most senior Specialist rank. Staff sergeants are addressed as "Staff Sergeant" or "Staff", but never "Sergeant".

Staff sergeants may be appointed Company Sergeant Major if they are due for promotion to Master Sergeant. In this capacity, they are expected to be addressed as "Encik" (Malay for "Mister") by holders of lesser rank. Techinically speaking, this is incorrect, as the term "Encik" is the defunct title used for Warrant Officers who are now addressed as sir and given to Sergeant Majors only by way of courtesy title.

The rank insignia consists of two chevrons pointing up and three chevrons pointing down, with the Singapore coat of arms in the middle.

In the Singapore Police Force, staff sergeants rank between Sergeant and Senior Staff Sergeant.

United Kingdom

In the British Army, Staff Sergeant (SSgt or formerly S/Sgt) ranks above Sergeant and below Warrant Officer Class 2. The rank is given a NATO code of OR-7. The insignia is the monarch's crown above three downward pointing chevrons.

Staff sergeants can also hold other appointments, such as Company Quartermaster Sergeant, and are usually known by that appointment if held.

The equivalent rank in infantry regiments is Colour Sergeant, and holders are known by that title no matter what their appointment.

In the Household Cavalry the equivalent rank is Staff Corporal.

British staff sergeants are never referred to or addressed as "Sergeant", which would be reducing their rank, but are referred to and addressed as "Staff Sergeant" or "Staff" ("Staff Jones", for instance) or by their appointment or its abbreviation. Quartermaster sergeants are often addressed as "Q". In most cavalry regiments, staff sergeants are addressed as "Sergeant Major", which is assumed to derive from the original rank of Troop Sergeant Major.

Flight Sergeant and Chief Technician are the Royal Air Force equivalents. Chief Petty Officer is the equivalent in the Royal Navy and Colour Sergeant in the Royal Marines.

United States

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U.S. Marine Corps

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U.S. Air Force

Staff Sergeant (SSG) is E-6 rank in the U.S. Army, just above Sergeant and below Sergeant First Class, and is a non-commissioned officer. Staff Sergeants are generally placed in charge of squads, but can also act as platoon sergeants in the absence of a Sergeant First Class. In support units, Staff Sergeants ordinarily hold headquarters positions due to the amount of slots available for SSG in these units. Staff Sergeants are referred to as "Sergeant" except for in certain training environments and schools, or by the demand of the SSG him/herself. The NATO code is OR-6.

The rank of staff sergeant in the U.S. Army (along with Technical Sergeant (Renamed Sergeant First Class in 1948) and Master Sergeant) was created by Congress after the First World War. [ [ A Short History of the NCO ] ]

Staff Sergeant (SSgt) is E-6 rank in the U.S. Marine Corps, just above Sergeant and below Gunnery Sergeant. A Marine staff sergeant is a staff non-commissioned officer rank. This grade is normally achieved after 10 to 13 years in service. The NATO code is OR-6. In the combat arms units, a staff sergeant usually is billeted as a platoon sergeant for 30+ Marines. He may also be tasked as a company gunnery sergeant, or a platoon commander if required. He is the senior tactical advisor to a platoon commander by virtue of time in service, previous deployments, and experience and is responsible for the proficiency training and administrative issue of his Marines. He is always to referred by his complete rank (i.e. "Staff Sergeant Jones" or simply "Staff Sergeant," with the abbreviation "SSgt"). It is also a faux pas to address a U.S. Marine by his pay grade such as "E-6".

The rank of Staff Sergeant in the USMC was created in 1923 to coincide with the U.S. Army's ranks. [ [ World War II era Marine Corps enlisted ranks ] ] Until the end of WW2, the insignia of Platoon Sergeant was three chevrons and a rocker, with Staff Sergeant having a horizontal stripe instead of a rocker below the chevrons. After the separate rank of Platoon Sergeant was eliminated, the Staff Sergeant rank switched over to the rocker insignia and staff sergeants held the platoon sergeant's billet.

Staff Sergeant (SSgt) is E-5 in the U.S. Air Force, just above Senior Airman and below Technical Sergeant. It is the Air Force's first non-commissioned officer rank as well as the first Air Force rank to which promotion is on a competitive basis. Senior airmen are considered for promotion if they attain that rank on or before February 1st of that testing year. This is so that they will have a minimum of 6 months time-in-grade before the first promotion date of that testing year, however in a normal career progression one achieves this grade after 5 to 7 years in service. Staff sergeants are expected to be technically proficient and function as first-line supervisors within a workcenter. After being selected for promotion senior airmen must attend Airman Leadership School, which teaches them basic leadership and how to write performance reports. The term of address is Staff Sergeant or Sergeant.

ee also

* Police rank
* Comparative military ranks
* U.S. Air Force enlisted rank insignia
* U.S. Army enlisted rank insignia
* U.S. Marine Corps enlisted rank insignia
* U.S. Navy enlisted rank insignia


External links

* [ United States Army Staff Sergeant duties]
* [ U.S. Army Enlisted Rank Insignia - Criteria, Background, and Images]

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