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comment What is the proper characterization of a US military officer in popular press?
Maj. Connolly confirmed Officers of Marines are unique amongst the branches of service in that their delegation authority is retained for life unless specifically terminated by the President. The delegation order to officers of all other branches expires after a certain number of years depending on duty criteria. If any member of the armed forces is retired that should be indicated during introduction, but is not required in conversational address.
Mar
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comment What is the proper characterization of a US military officer in popular press?
After a lot of phone calls I finally got a definitive answer from Maj. Connolly at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. He said it makes little difference in the popular press, as the public has little understanding of military custom or the caveats of law. To be accurate, however, all officers should be addressed by grade, not billet, regardless of status. Additionally, all personnel who have a current obligation, regardless of status, should be described as officers, because under law they remain delegates of the President.
Feb
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comment What is the proper characterization of a US military officer in popular press?
To the best of my knowledge, the National Security Act does not deal with retirement. I'm don't understand why you're concerned about retirement. Someone who is retired is an officer. My question is limited to those persons who are not retired.
Feb
20
comment Why does “klick” mean kilometer in US military slang?
MGRS, mentioned by quarkie, would have been developed about the same time if not in coordination. The NATO phonetic alphabet became standard for NATO forces in 1958. All three seem to corroborate each other since they all evolved immediately preceeding the Vietname era.
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comment Why does “klick” mean kilometer in US military slang?
There was a blurb about it on a display at the National Museum of the History of the Marine Corp at Washington Yard. It may be referenced at the new National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, but I cannot substantiate that.
Feb
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answered What is the opposite action of “enlist”?
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comment What is the proper characterization of a US military officer in popular press?
The Navy has some similar peculiarities regarding warrant officers. Is the distinction only relevant in military/maritime circles?
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Feb
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comment What is the proper characterization of a US military officer in popular press?
Unfortunately that segment at Wikipedia doesn't address the question, although I appreciate the reference. Your description of reserve is not accurate. Whether an officer is active duty has nothing to do with being a Reserve Officer. Although the Military Authorization Act directed the President to one-time grant a regular commission to all active duty officers. Your comment, "they're certainly not Marines in the eyes of the government" is not accurate. The National Security Act defines the term Marine extends it, "...until death or dishonorable separation." My question remains.
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comment What is the proper characterization of a US military officer in popular press?
In proper military address reserve officers of the US armed forces whose commision has expired are not called officers they are to be described as "former officers". Regular officers, that is those who graduated from an accademy and any officer appointed to the O-4 grade or higher are to be described as "officers" as long as their commission remains (which in most cases now is life), but a Marine Reserve Officer's commission never expires without regard to rank.
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asked What is the proper characterization of a US military officer in popular press?