I was fascinated by hierarchies when I was kid: who was the best, which was the fiercest, what was the oldest what came next and so on.
I loved all kinds of hierarchies: monsters, cars, football teams, dinosaurs, planes and the Armed Forces.
The Armed Forces were a particular favourite as I was a huge Action Man fan as a nipper. I adored the coloured stripes some of the jackets, the epaulets on some of the coats and the small metal medals which featured in some of the sets.
I used to compare them to my Dad's real medals and my Mum's insignia from their time serving in the Royal Navy and the WAF in WW2 respectively.
A couple of years ago I posted about an Action Man Adventure Team decorated jacket I had. Reader Paul V kindly explained the significance of the collar badge and ribbons in the comments.
I've often wondered since I was a kid which was the highest rank possible in the Action Man world? Also, what were the most decorations possible for an Action Man? Of course in the US and elsewhere it may have been different.
Current UK Armed Forces rankings look like this: