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Visor cap optional
The reintroduction of the praporshchik rank in the Soviet armed forces in 1972, along with the michman rank in the Soviet Navy, marked the attempt to recreate a corps of contract non-commissioned officers similar to master sergeants and chief petty officers, the role that was previously reserved for senior drafted personnel. Contrary to Western practice of assigning the senior sergeant ranks to veteran soldiers, the Soviet ranks of starshina and sergeant were routinely assigned to 20-year-old soldiers at the end of their 2-year draft. The praporshchiks were aged volunteers and were expected to have more authority over draftsmen than similarly aged sergeants; they are placed in a separate category of "master non - commissioned officers" (praporshchik and michman).
1970s parade uniform for a Starshij Praporshchik medical corps of the Soviet armed forces The uniform is standard armed forces pattern made from forest green wool gabardine, with all-red checkerboard pattern shoulder boards, red piping along the length of the trouser legs and red collar tabs featuring the medical forces insignia. On the wearers left sleeve is a yellow chevron and two yellow stars for 10+ years of service. The yearstamps on the buttons are not readable due to the black paint, however the construction indicates a 1970s manufacture. On the left sleeve is also a medical forces arm patch.
Diagonally on the left chest are four awards mounted along the collar, those being the Medal for Veteran of Labor, Medal for 60th anniversary of the armed forces and the medals for 15 and 10 years of irreproachable service. Additionally, the 1970 medal celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lenin, military version, is present. On the wearers right is a NCO wing in older brass style with a pendant for 19/20 years of service and a graduation badge for a college-level medical education. On the collar is a non-regulation medical pin.
The set consist of the tunic and trousers as well as shirt and tie. The visor cap depicted can be included but is not correct to the uniform going by the regulations as a medical NCO would have worn a cap with red band. Please inquire if interested - we will be able to find a cap if called for. The belt is optional to the set.
Overall, the uniform set is in excellent condition and shows only light to medium wear. The size for the tunic is european 50-52 with long sleeves, making a 40L US size. The visor cap in the photos is a size 57.
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