Re: Eagle Palms
Grant O'Neil (oneig@SEA.WA.EDU.AU)
Wed, 27 Mar 1996 09:21:00 PST
>I don't know the answer but I will guess. B-P was a military man. I don't
>know about ranks in his country but, in the US Navy, Ensign is a gold bar
>and LTjg is silver; LCDR is a gold oak leaf and CDR is silver - in each
>the higher rank is silver.
Having served several years in the Australian Army, where the ranks are the
same as the British army (in which BP was a Major-General), I can comment on
this. In the Australian (and British) army rank structure, officers ranks
are all the same colour; colour will depend on corps. In the Australian army
all officers rank insignia is either silver (chromed) for armoured corps
(cavalry, light horse etc.) or gold (polished brass) for other corps.
However, I would think that the idea of silver higher than gold being
derived from rank insignia of the US military is probably correct; Eagle
palms is something that to my knowledge is limited only to BSA and scout
organisations that have followed the BSA programme, so it would make sense
if ideas from the US military were adopted rather than the British army in
which BP served.
ex-Royal Australian Infantry Corps
current Venturer Leader
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