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Date Posted: 23:31:18 05/28/10 Fri
I stiil haven't figured this damn forum procedure so bare with me here. I left the Army in 68 as a Sp6 It was the perfect rank. No one knew what to do with me. At muster formation the First shirt would release all NCOs then E-5 and below for police call. I would remain standing and the first shirt would look at me and with a snarl say Smith just go.
>>I was rereading Blue Beauty and got to the point where
>>Trey was talking about his time in the Army. I hate to
>>tell Wes this; but in the early 80's the Army dropped
>>all specialist ranks for combat arms, and later on
>>they were dropped from the rest of the Army as well.
>>Speedy 4 became corporal long before Trey could have
>>The GI bill was also dropped sometime in the late
>>80's. New enlistees had to contribute to an education
>>fund and the Army would provide matching funds after
>>they were discharged.
>>All that aside, I love this story and am on my second
>>reread while waiting for the next chapter of Square
>Mike, Until the middle 1970's the U.S. Army recognized
>the ranks of Specialist-4 (E-4) Specialist-5 (E-5) and
>Specialist-6 (E-6) the Army did away with the ranks of
>Spec-5 and Spec-6 and renamed Spec-4 as Specialist
>(SPC). During the in the late 1990's and early 2000's
>my son was a Specialist until he was promoted to
>Sargent. Currently my daughter is a Specialist who
>should be promoted to Sargent before September. So
>the Specialist rank, the successor of the Tech
>Corporal rank, is still alive and well in the U.S.
>Army. Outside of infantry units you will almost never
>see a Corporal in the Army.
>The GI Bill disappeared from 1976 until 1985. In 1984
>Congress passed the Montgomery GI Bill which became
>effective 1985. Now soldiers must contribute $1,200
>to receive the benefits. The amounts vary based on
>the soldier earned it and when they used it. The GI
>Bill was revised again in 2008. At the time Trey
>served he qualified for the GI Bill and should have
>received about $1,150 a month for thirty six months of
>school which means four academic years of nine months
>By loading up and pushing I managed to turn my GI Bill
>payments in the 1970's into a Bachelor's Degree and a
>Master's Degree. I did not receive payments for the
>last three months of my Master's program but I was
>paid for the rest of the time.