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What is an "R. M. A."

 
 
Tom47
 
Reply Mon 17 Aug, 2020 08:50 pm
Hello,

I have some letters written by a relative who was in the United States Army Air Service in WWI. In one of his letters, written April 23, 1918, he makes the following statements:

"I am almost through now and am sure having a picnic. I passed my R. M. A. Saturday afternoon and started stunts today at noon."

Can anyone tell me what the letters "R. M. A." stand for? I've been searching all over the Internet without success.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 18 Aug, 2020 07:04 am
@Tom47,
I can only guess. Could it be something like routine medical assessment or something like that?
Tom47
 
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Reply Tue 18 Aug, 2020 08:33 am
@izzythepush,
Thanks for the reply. I should add that a newspaper article contained the following:

"The people of El Centro and Imperial valley are to be given a practical demonstration of present day aviation. Word has just been received that Lieut. T. O. Paine, R. M. A., is to visit the valley in a high powered Curtiss plane today."

From the above, it seems to me that "R. M. A." was some sort of classification.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 18 Aug, 2020 08:40 am
@Tom47,
It does, people don’t normally put letters after their name for passing a medical.

Over here R would normally mean royal, but not in America. I suppose the A could stand for aviator or aviation. Maybe master aviator or something like that.
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engineer
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Reply Tue 18 Aug, 2020 10:08 am
@Tom47,
My guess would be Reserve Military Aviator.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Air_Force_aeronautical_rating
izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 18 Aug, 2020 10:21 am
@engineer,
That’s a lot better than anything I could manage.
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Tom47
 
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Reply Tue 18 Aug, 2020 03:15 pm
@engineer,
Thank you. For some reason, my searches never turned up the Wikipedia article you cited. Having read the article, I think your "guess" is most probably correct.
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