The actual offense can be more clearly defined by the individual services and by local unit and base regulations.
It is not necessarily going to be punished, but it can be.
Enlisted Air Force ranks are broken down into three levels: Airmen (E-1 through E-4), Non-Commissioned Officers (E-5 and E-6), and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (E-7 through E-9).
The Air Force is the only one of the five branches of the U. military where NCO status is achieved at the grade of E-5.
Company grade officers are those officers of grades O-1 to O-3.
Field grade officers are those of grades O-4 to O-6. Currently, promotion from Second Lieutenant to First Lieutenant is virtually guaranteed after two years of satisfactory service.
This process will repeat at the 13-16 year mark for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and then around the twenty-year mark for promotion to Colonel.
The five-star grade General of the Air Force has only been held by General of the Air Force Henry H. Federal law currently contains no provisions to promote an officer to five-star grade.
While countries outside the NATO command structure (including some NATO member countries such as France) do not strictly fall into this classification structure and there may be instances of overlap the codes still provide a useful gauge in determining what ranks are broadly equivalent.These are established codes for determining the seniority of officer and other ranks in NATO countries for a particular joint task group or command structure, although specific appointments designate a higher level of seniority over other equivalent rank codes in a given situation.Officer ranks go from OF-1 up to OF-10; OF(D) being a special category for trainee officers awaiting a commission.Under normal conditions promotions to E-2 are automatic as long as the Air Force's standards for performance and behavior are met.The only requirement for advancement is 6 months time in grade (TIG) and time in service (TIS).