|08-18-2009, 12:16 AM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2009
I noticed that some (most) joes have their SNs with an "RA" prefix.
But a few have no "RA" (Bazooka, Shipwreck, etc.)
Is there any significance to these letters?
*Should* those joes have the RA prefix as well (but was just left off accidentally?)
|08-18-2009, 12:18 AM||#2|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Northwood, NH
Not sure if there's any significance or not.
|08-18-2009, 12:23 AM||#3|
Join Date: Oct 2008
"RA" stands for "Regular US Army" "MC" stood for Marine Corps (check out Gung-Ho's original filecard). "RN" (like in Torpedo's original filecard) stands for "Regular US Navy" (although they goofed with Deep-Six). "AF" stood for Air Force (see Ace's original filecard).
At some later point though, they dropped the convention and it started being pretty random.
Last edited by zuludelta; 08-18-2009 at 12:27 AM..
|08-18-2009, 12:24 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2009
The RA (Regular Army) prefix means that joe is a non-drafted volunteer.
Last edited by Frank Talltree; 08-18-2009 at 12:35 AM..
|08-18-2009, 12:33 AM||#5|
Join Date: Oct 2008
This article explains what the service number prefixes mean:
The MC & RN prefixes only exist in the GI Joe universe, but RA & AF are real service number prefixes.
|08-18-2009, 12:42 AM||#6|
Join Date: Oct 2008
A cursory check over at Yojoe.com seems to indicate that they stopped using the service number prefixes in 1985. I wonder why.
|08-18-2009, 12:46 AM||#7|
I Ride with Claymore!!!
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
This the most file card related discussion I've seen in a long time, and it's not even on the file card thread. Interesting question. Great answers. Just funny that it's in a separate thread.
By the way Zulu, we miss you over there. You should stop by and see us more often.
Why aren't there more Joes from the Deep South?
And would it kill Hasbro to give us a Marine Corps Officer?
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