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First sergeant insignia

Earth Two, 2266

Earth Two, 2266

First sergeant was a military rank, a traditional infantry or army enlisted grade held by a non-commissioned officer. In comparison to naval rate systems, this rank was equivalent to senior chief petty officer.

First sergeant was, in title, the senior non-commissioned officer of a designated group of people with many other sergeants (possibly of the same grade) reporting to him/her. First sergeants were senior to all sergeants except for sergeant major (equivalent to MCPO), who was the first sergeant of first sergeants.

This was used by the United States of America in more than one branch of their armed forces, represented as a uniform insignia by a diamond-shaped "lozenge" insignia within the three sergeant chevrons – although the number of "rocker" insignia opposing may vary depending on the first sergeant's grade.

A US Marine Corps first sergeant was assigned to aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), one of the troops involved in the hunt for intruding time traveler Pavel Chekov in 1986. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

The USMC first sergeant was played by Joseph Naradzay, an actual Marine.

On Earth Two, a boy wore a first sergeant pin on a military helmet. (TOS: "Miri")

Captain James T. Kirk , on Triskelion, refers to a drill thrall as a "top sergeant," which is a colloquialism used to refer to first sergeants. (TOS: "The Gamesters of Triskelion")

This chart shows only general equivalencies based on the ranks used by many governments on Earth, as well as the rest of the galaxy.

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