Military Ranks of the Commonwealth: Warrant Officer, Regimental Sergeant Major, Midshipman, Chief Petty Officer, Air Chief Marshal Source Wikipedia

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Published: May 7th 2013

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Military Ranks of the Commonwealth: Warrant Officer, Regimental Sergeant Major, Midshipman, Chief Petty Officer, Air Chief Marshal by Source Wikipedia
May 7th 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 72 pages | ISBN: 9781157609490 | 4.77 Mb

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 71. Chapters: Able seaman (rank), Aircraftman, Air chief marshal, Air commodore, Air marshal, Air officer, AirMorePlease note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 71. Chapters: Able seaman (rank), Aircraftman, Air chief marshal, Air commodore, Air marshal, Air officer, Air vice-marshal, Bombardier (rank), Brigadier, Buffer (navy), Chief petty officer, Commander, Royal Artillery, Company quartermaster sergeant, Company sergeant major, Drum major (rank), Drum Major General, Flight lieutenant, Flight sergeant, Flying officer, Group captain, Gunner (rank), Lance corporal, Lance sergeant, Leading aircraftman, Leading seaman, Midshipman, Ordinary seaman (rating), Pilot officer, Pipe Major, Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, Regimental Sergeant Major, Sapper, Second lieutenant, Sergeant Pilot, South African military ranks, Squadron leader, Staff sergeant, Sub-lieutenant, Trooper (rank), Trumpet Major, Under Officer, Warrant officer, Wing commander (rank).

Excerpt: A midshipman is an officer cadet or a commissioned officer of the junior most rank, in the Royal Navy, United States Navy, and many Commonwealth navies. Commonwealth countries which use the rank include Australia, Bangladesh, Namibia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Kenya.

The rank was also used, prior to 1968, by the Royal Canadian Navy, but upon the creation of the Canadian Forces the rank of midshipman was replaced with the rank of naval cadet. In the 17th century, a midshipman was a rating for an experienced seaman, and the word derives from the area aboard a ship, amidships, either where the original rating worked on the ship, or where he was berthed.

Beginning in the 18th century, a commissioned officer candidate was rated as a midshipman, and the seaman rating began to slowly die out. By the Napoleonic era (1793-1815), a midshipman was an apprentice officer who had previously served at least three years as a volunteer, officers servant or able seaman, and was roughly equivalent to a present day petty officer in rank and responsibilities.

After serving at least three years as a midshipman or masters mate, he was eligible to take the examination for lieutenant. Promotion to lieutenant was not automatic and many midshipmen took positions as masters mates for an increase in pay and responsibility aboard ship. Midshipmen in the United States Navy were trained and served similarly to midshipman in the Royal Navy, although unlike their counterparts in the Royal Navy, a midshipman was a warrant officer rank until 1912.

During the 19th century, changes in the training of naval officers in both the Royal Navy and the United States Navy led to the replacement of apprenticeship aboard ships with formal schooling in a naval college. Midshipman began to mean an officer cadet at a naval college. Trainees now spent around four years in a college and two years at sea prior to promotion to commissioned officer rank. Between the mid-19th



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