Sam Wilson was an NCO, not an officer

laporcupina:

primarybufferpanel:

Have to get this off my chest, because I see Sam called Major a lot.

Pararescueman (Sometimes called Parajumpers or PJs) in the USAF, which we’re told Sam was, is an enlisted position. Sam Wilson was a non-commissioned officer - I’m gonna guess he was at least a Sergeant and given the level of specialised training, probably a Staff Sergeant.

Pararescuemen have officers - they are called Combat Rescue Officers. They have most of the same training (though not all in as much detail) plus officer/strategic training. The idea is that the PJs are the detail guys (concentrating on individual casualties) the CRO keeps a wider, coordinating view, so doesn’t (or at least tries not to) get tied down with his hands stuck in somebody’s guts. I don’t think it is very likely a CRO would be strapping on a wingsuit, but in any case if Sam says he was Pararescue that means by definition that he was an NCO.

(Why does this bother me? Because while I think for most writers it’s a well-meant ‘well he was brave and important, must have been an officer’ that’s ignoring the many highly trained and skilled people who can be found among the NCOs. Making Sam an officer may feel like valueing him up, but it’s also kind of valueing NCOs down)

Yes, this. As a general thing in Hollywood, really, which is probably where a lot of fandom people gets their cues — all military peeps of importance and/or intelligence must be commissioned officers.

It’s overly simplistic to say “he’s a leader, ergo he’s an officer” or “he’s got a college degree, he’s got to be an officer.” You can be a great leader and hold a BA (or Ph.D) while also wearing an NCO’s sword.

Officers, NCOs, and junior enlisteds all have different functions in a military system. NCOs are the glue, the sine qua non of any military — and if you want to know why some RL militaries have trouble being competent, it’s generally because they have no tradition of NCOs. NCOs are the repositories of institutional wisdom and the ones who have learned from experience and the ones who are not only supposed to teach the junior enlisteds what to do, they’re also supposed to provide guidance for officers as well. They are the ones who know how to get shit done while the officers make Powerpoint slides. *g*

(And for the record, I’ve been writing Sam Wilson as a Technical Sergeant, E-6.)

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thejourneyofkarbala:

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Is there such a thing as humanity? Or is it more like: “My group is suffering now so I’ll finally speak up..about them and only them.”

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sceptre:

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teafortrouble:

megg33k:

I need feminism because most men’s restrooms still aren’t equipped with baby changing stations. As someone who was married to a man who had sole custody of his young son, I’m hyperaware that feminism means EQUALITY, not female superiority. Feminism should and does support a man’s right to be as much of a parent to his child(ren) as any mother is allowed/expected to be.

This is a constant problem for Mr. Tea and myself. We’ve got twins, so even though I can change one kid on the change table in the ladies’ room, he’s left standing sort of awkwardly in the lobby with a messy child while I change one, come back, and get the other.

Nobody’s suggesting that men aren’t parents, so the lack of change tables goes well beyond ‘gender role reinforcing’ and straight into ‘ridiculous’.

My dad actually almost got kicked out of a mall once for changing my brother in the womens room of a mall. The only reason they didn’t call the cops on him was because the ladies in the room supported him.

I’d never even considered this but I support it

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I AM ACTUALLY WEARING HEADPHONES AND LISTENING TO MUSIC

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