Iron on/glue on/sew on military embroidered patch. Replica military patch. Pictured on patch: US Air Force Staff Sergeant E-5 insignia: 3 stripes on left side and 3 stripes on right side, 1 rockers on the bottom and a star in the middle in blue coloring on a subdued background. NATO Code: OR-5. USAF - United States Air Force patch. Purchase is for two patches. US Air Force enlisted rank insignia. Patch can be used by both military personnel and the general public. Ideal for parades, war re-enactments, fashion, etc.
Staff Sergeant (SSgt) is E-5 in the U.S. Air Force, just above Senior Airman and below Technical Sergeant. It is the Air Force's first non-commissioned officer rank as well as the first Air Force rank to which promotion is on a competitive basis.
Senior airmen are considered for promotion if they attain that rank on or before February 1 of that testing year. This is so that they will have a minimum of 6 months time-in-grade before the first promotion date of that testing year, however in a normal career progression one achieves this grade after 5 to 7 years in service. Staff sergeants are expected to be technically proficient and function as first-line supervisors within a workcenter. After being selected for promotion senior airmen must attend Airman Leadership School, which teaches them basic leadership and how to write performance reports. The term of address is Staff Sergeant or Sergeant.