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Around 1925 the army realized that their system of specialist Insignia was cumbersome and unnecessary. They went to the simpler system of chevrons, with only the T indicating the individual had a technical speciality. 
Interestingly, it was recently proposed in the Pentagon that the Navy do away with their plethora of ratings insignia as well. That idea met a quick death.

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39 minutes ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

That idea met a quick death.

 

As well it should have.  
Here a good take on why it was a Bad Idea.  

 

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So much for traditions that made one feel a part of history, linked with the likes of Lord Nelson, John Paul Jones, Farragut, Halsey and Nimitz. Shall we toss that over the side with this morning’s breakfast leavings?

Mabus has decided that bureaucracy is superior to tradition, social theory a higher imperative than mission, that what is en vogue with the elites outweighs a sailor’s sense of identity and nautical lineage.

 

I'll grant, the Navy system can seem a bit arcane.

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6 hours ago, Subdeacon Joe said:

I'll grant, the Navy system can seem a bit arcane.


it’s called “Heritage”. :D
 

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Actually, I never understood why the Army, Air Force and Marines didn’t have more insignia showing specialized training. It makes sense to be able to look at someone and tell what their job is at a glance....once you’ve learned the insignias, of course. 

 

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