This may be a repost but here goes.... Wont be too long until these stripes go into effect. Half-an-Airman Earning that first set of stripes is automatic ... there’s nothing we can do about that. However, this new rank -- called Half-an-Airman -- would force half-ass Airman to wait an additional six months before earning their first full stripe. Princess She graduated high school one year ago and she still thinks the world revolves around her. Things that are more important than the military include: boys, makeup, hair styles, Kelly Clarkson’s latest album, and anything to do with Orlando Bloom. Airman-Colonel We’ve all worked with one of these Airmen at one time or another. The Airman-Colonel actually believes that the U.S. Air Force is a Democracy, where his decisions actually matter as much or more than his enlisted superiors. Foolish little Airman. Chief SrA. Promotion to the NCO ranks is nearly automatic these days, but "back in the day" -- when promotion to staff sergeant was actually a difficult task -- Airmen could easily hold the rank of E-4 for half a decade. CHairforce.com recognizes these slow burners. BDU Bling! BDU Bling! for those Airmen who feel naked without 20 pounds of gold and silver draped around their neck and a fake, baseball-size diamond hanging from the side of their head. This new set of stripes would help add some bling! to those bland BDUs. Baby Staff Ten years ago, promotion to the ranks of a noncommissioned officer was a respectable accomplishment that required years of experience. With today’s 65-plus promotion percentage rates, Airman are becoming NCOs well before their time. Desert Queen For those deployed Airmen who ... how can we say it politely ... are “less than attractive,” but become the center of attention in a deployed environment (where the guy-to-gal ratio is about 5,000-to-1). These airmen are sometimes referred to as “2-10-2s” (a 2 before they deployed, a 10 while deployed, and then back to a 2 again).