The ranks for non-commissioned officers in the Uk

WO1 variant arm badge (British Army)

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I’ve been asked about the ranks for
non-commissioned officers:

Staff Sergeant
Warrant Officer class II
Warrant Officer class I

 Warrant Officer is considered a very senior position in the army and those holding the rank of Warrant Officer are often on the staff and have a good record of service. Nowadays Warrant Officers can be sergeant majors, but Sergeant Major was originally a separate rank coming before Warrant Officer. Warrant Officers wear plain rank slides, and a wrist band on their right wrist or insignia on their sleeve. Although a Warrant Officer could potentially become a Second Lieutenant most warrant officers are paid up to double the wage of a Second Lieutenant.

A Warrant Officer class II is rarely addressed as Warrant Officer or Sir/Ma’am, but by whatever position they hold e.g. CSM WOII Jones would be addressed as “Sergeant Major”


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Member of the Guild of One Name Studies researching the name CUMPSTON and its variants. You can see my website at I have a new study of the name LAXEN with its own blog at and a further research blog which is not registered as a one name study of KNAGGS of Flamborough
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