Pemanent/Temporary Rank, Designations, AUS, RA, USMC SS, Etc.
January 17 2007 at 11:58 AM No score for this post
(Login Dick Gaines) Forum Owner from IP address 22.214.171.124
Most Marines are quite familiar with abbreviations used such as, USMC, USMCR, etc. Fewer are aware of earlier designations such as USMC SS used for selective service (draftee) Marines during the Korean War Era. In fact I recall that during the Korean era that Marines' MSN (military service numbers) were prefixed with a K, not the MSN itself actually, but on official orders, administrative records, etc., to designate those who had served a tour in Korea.
Even lesser known to Marines--and, apparently, even some newer members of other services--are certain older abbreviations and designations for both officer and enlisted personnel of the U.S. Army, e.g., AUS for Army of the United States, etc. This information is becoming less and less known these days, and should be of some general interest to all hands.
Myself, I have often seen retired Army officers with "AUS Ret." after their names--several things of this nature and satisfactory explanations for them have previously eluded me. Hopefully, the following links provided below will shine some light on this area of interest that have also aroused the curiosity of others who may find some answers here.