seven-level

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EtymologyEdit

Shortened from a longer, US military bureaucratic designation (Air Force Specialty Code), where '7' was code for "Craftsman".

NounEdit

seven-level (plural seven-levels)

  1. (military, US) A person who has qualified for "Craftsman" level of skill in the United States Air Force, with training more than "Journeyman" (five-level), but below "Superintendent" (nine-level)
    • 1966, The MAC FLYER, volume 13, number 5, Directorate of Safety, Headquarters Military Airlift Command, page 29: 
      I asked how they were doing and they said they couldn't figure out the T.O. and were waiting for a seven level to explain it to them. I went back to my truck and told maintenance control we'd need a seven level radio man.
    • 2003, Air Force Logistics Management Agency, Year in Review, 2003, DIANE Publishing, page 169:
      Follow-on training would take place after completion of the basic apprentice or craftsman courses. Three-level students would attend ATHRS training, and select 7-level students (approximately 49 per year) would attend AFBDS training.
    • 2003, Department of Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense Program Annual Report to Congress 2003, DIANE Publishing, page 107:
      The Civil Engineer (CE) Readiness Flight Officer and seven-level Craftsman courses provide flight leaders and mid-level NCOs with the background and the technical information that is necessary for effective management of the CE Readiness Flight and contingency response operations.
    • 2005, Richard R. Simmons, A Long Hard Ride, AuthorHouse, page 116:
      While I was assigned to the parachute shop, although I was in charge and was the senior NCO in charge of two other SSgt's and seven airmen, I was still only a five level and could not be promoted to TSgt without making a seven level.
  2. Short for seven-level screwdriver, so-called because it was standard seven-level equipment.
    • 1966, Joseph McElroy, A Smuggler's Bible, Harcourt, Brace & World, page 228:
      [H]e takes from the breast pocket of his khaki shirt the little seven-level screwdriver he took from Michael Amerchrome: Plastic handle insulates, so seven-level may be used as low-voltage shorting bar, though the metal pen- (pocket-) clip on the handle's side makes you wonder; large enough for a firm grip; light enough to be used as a mallet on delicate components; small diameter of shank permits its use as a probe in confined places or as a chisel to scrape away corrosion between narrow-printed circuit channels; when magnetized, the small shank can retrieve metal parts that fall into restricted spots ....
    • 2002 June 28, Jerry Helms, "IFF vs. Transponders", message-ID <PO4T8.44199$781.24239@news1.central.cox.net>, rec.aviation.military, Usenet link:
      >>> A 'tweaker' being a very small screwdriver. I first met that term in 1955.
      >>We called them 7-Levels in ADC.
      > Why?
      A 5-level is a term for a journeyman technician (3-Levels are trainees), and a 7-level was management-expert technician.
      I'm not sure of the history, but it went something like the only difference between a 5-level and a 7-level was the size of his screwdriver.
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