RAF Non-Commissioned Ranks
Ground Trades (All Trades) 1918 - 1950, Non Technical Trades 1950 - present and Aircrew up to 1946
NCO ranks were adapted mainly from those used by the RFC. After WW2 new NCO ranks were introduced to differentiate between Technical and Non-Technical trades and between ground trades and NCO aircrew. Until 1950 all ground tradesmen wore the same rank badges, however in that year a separate rank structure was introduced for Technical tradesmen.
Introduced in 1918 as a trade classification. It became a part of the RAF disciplinary rank structure on 1 January 1951.
|Senior Aircraftman/woman||Introduced on 1 January 1951 as an intermediate rank between LAC and Corporal.|
|Corporal||Introduced in 1918 as the lowest NCO rank for all trades.|
|Sergeant||Introduced in 1918 for all trades.|
|Introduced in 1918 for all trades.
Queen's Crown replaced the Kings Crown in 1952.
|Warrant Officer 2nd Class||Introduced in 1918 for all trades. Discontinued in 1939.|
Warrant Officer 1st Class /Warrant Officer
|Introduced in 1918 as the senior Non-Commissioned rank. Became the only Warrant rank in 1939.|
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