U.S. Army Rank Structure During WWII

Tec 5 insignia

Tec 5 insignia

Tec 4 insignia

Tec 4 insignia

Tec 3 insignia

Tec 3 insignia

We have had a few questions about the ranks of the enlisted men of the 111th. On January 8, 1942, the Army established ranks of Technician Third Grade (Tec 3), Technician Fourth Grade (Tec 4) and Technician Fifth Grade (Tec 5). A “T” was added to the chevrons that the men wore on their sleeves. The ranks denoted personnel with technical skills, as opposed to combat skills such as infantrymen or artillery men. The numerical designation was in inverse order to the rank. For example, a Tec 3 outranked a Tec 4. A Tec 3 equates today to a Staff Sergeant, a Tec 4 equates to a Sergeant, and a Tec 5 equates to a Corporal. Below Tec 5 was a PFC (private first class) and then PVT (private), same as today.

The technician ranks were removed from the rank system in 1948. The concept was brought back with the Specialist ranks in 1955, and those ranks continue today.

  1. Dan Turner says:

    Did the 111th ever have their own patch or insignia (official or unofficial) while attached to the different divisions during the war?

  2. Great site. Cheers for posting

  3. Farrah says:

    I just recently saw a tombstone of a Tech 5 that read, IF I CAN’T FIX IT ,IT AIN’T BROKE

  4. Steve says:

    My dad was a Tech 5 in the segregated 8th Air Force.

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