We've talked about that before. Here, what with our British traditions and all that, a W.O. is a non-commissioned officer, ergo, NOT and officer. In the 2nd world war, many RAF , RCAF, RAAF. ANZAC were Sergeant pilots, not even W.Os. They were that short of pilots, specially during the Battle of Britain.In early 1986 I was TDY at RAF Lakenheath. U.K. for about two weeks and they had a pup just outside the main gate. In the pup they had a sign which said "English spoken here, American understood".
I was not offended at the sign but I was at the Brits on the base who thought we should not be in their Officers Club. You see, in the U.S., warrant officers are OFFICERS where in the British military they are not. In the U.S. Army about 70% of all pilots are ... warrant officers.
When in Rome, do as the Romans.
I just don't see how the British could bend the rule and allow American W.O.s into their officers' club, a move that would've set a precedent and force them to accept their own W.O.s, who were NOT, I repeat, officers. How fair would that be?