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Old September 22 2012, 03:07 PM   #27
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Re: O'Brien

It's an embroidered patch featuring three chevrons and two dots. http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__...5/Ds9_scpo.png
It corresponds to a master chief in the U.S. Navy.
http://www.dodfire.com/graphics/insi...ty_Officer.gif
Actually, it ought to correspond to senior chief.
But unfortunately it doesn't. Only master chiefs have an insignia with two stars with three chevrons. Senior chiefs only have one star in the US Navy. So either O'Brien was really a master chief or that Starfleet enlisted insignia differed from today's system more than the officer insignia did.
Namely, in the USN system, those three chevrons would mean that he has collected all the Petty Officer ranks (or ratings), but his next step would be to gain a "rocker" to indicate the first Chief Petty Officer rank.
In an earlier discussion we had about this subject, I proposed that in lieu of rockers, the particular shape of the chevron was different for chiefs in Starfleet, with pettys having a more simpler-shaped chevron.
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