I posted this over on my site but there is a lot more traffic here and I figure that there are some friends here that don't go to my personal site. Here is the issue:
SGT is the abbriviation for sergeant. Back in the day when I got that or took it as a trail name, I was only a staff sergeant (E6), that was about 6 or 7 years ago. In the Army, Sergeant is the Term of address for E5-E7 (Sergeant through Sergeant First Class). To call me SGT rock up until last year was still correct, athough I was really a SFC, but I digress...
Anyway, last year I made the E8 list and was frocked to 1SG. In the Army, Air Force, and Marines, an E8 is a First Sergeant (1SG), but the nickname is "Top" becaue a First Sergeant is the "Top Sergeant" in the company. Veterans know what I mean, and some of you may have seen it in the movies.
Last year Trail Yeti and someone else I can't remember said I should change my trail name to Top Rock since I'm now a 1SG, and lots of the e-mails and some posts even reffer to me as Top. I'm of the opinon you should get your trail name from the hiker friends you hike with. Since I don't get to hike with y'all (I'm almost always solo) and I'm about to be off the trail (or any trail) for a long time, I figured if you guys thought it was cool I would go with it.
I have a poll on my site at: HikingHQ.net