I’ve mentioned this a few times, but when I was overseas (‘06-‘07), I had a Batman rank made for my ACU’s.
I would even wear this on the 9mm range as a joke, while at Ft. McCoy in WI.
The higher ups would say “What rank is that, Soldier?”
and I would say “It’s Superhero, Sir.”
then they would ask “So…what’s the pay grade with that?”
and I would reply “Duh, billionaire. Sir.”
It was always received with smiles and some chuckles. Majors, Lt Colonels, Colonels, Captains…none of them were negative about it.
Then the E1 - E3’s would say to me “I-I don’t know how to address you.”
So I would tell them, “It’s OK, I’m Batman.”
I always carried this with me, anyone in my unit can verify that this was, and is, in fact, mine. I can at any time prove this is mine also. Hector can also verify.
I did have to smudge out my last name for security purposes though.