Ok. I just saw the thread titled "Stripes" and read all of the hilarity that ensued. I had never heard of or seen stripes on a belt at my school (haven't been there long) so I was unaware that there was such a thing. I combed the old threads to find out that they signify progress and all that crap but answer me this. Progress or not, the person wearing the belt is still the same rank correct? It seems stupid to me to put stripes on a belt to signify progress. If the wearer is still the same rank......that's not progress. That's just putting tape on your belt. Is this common practice?