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Hi again Bob!

I'm sure I read somewhere, but I can't remember where, that when an officer leaves the British army and goes into civilian life, he can call himself one rank higher than when he was in it, i.e. if he was a Captain while he was in the army he can call himself a Major on his resume when he applies for a civilian job.

1/ Is this true or just a myth?
2/ If it is true, what's the reason and justification?
3/ Is it true for the Navy and Air Force too, or just the army?
3/ Is this true for the ranks and NCOs too, or just officers?
4/ Is this sort of thing generally true in other countries like the USA, or is it unique to the UK?

Many thanks,

Paul Murphy (denberg2 on the old Answerway)

P.S. As you have probably guessed, I come from a non-military family!

Dear Paul,
        Here are answers to your questions:

1. This is true.

2. To award the soldier the proper recognition he deserves.

3. Just the British Army.

4. Just officers.

5. Its not unique but in the U.S., the individual will be advanced one rank if he is awarded the Medal of Honor.

May God Bless-Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard  

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