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    • PRIVATE (PVT, PV2)┬áPay Grade E1, E2
    • Lowest rank: a trainee who's starting Basic Combat Training (BCT). Primary role is to carry out orders issued to them to the best of their ability. (PVT does not have an insignia)
    • Address As"Private"
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    • PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PVC) pay grade E3
    • PV2s are promoted to this level after 1 year - or earlier by request of supervisor. Individual can begin BCT at this level with experience or prior military training. Carries out orders to the best of his/her ability.
    • Address As"Private"
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    • SPECIALIST (SPC) E4
    • Can manage other enlisted Soldiers of lower rank. Has served a minimum of 2 years and attended a specific training class to earn this promotion. People with a 4 year college degree can enter BCT as a Specialist
    • specialist
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    • CORPORAL (CPL) E4
    • The base of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) ranks, CPL's serve as team leaders of the smallest Army units. Like SGT's, they are responsible for individual training, health and welfare of Soldiers.
    • corporal
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    • SERGEANT (SGT) E5
    • Typically commands a squad (9 to 10 Soldiers). Considered to have the greatest impact on Soldiers because SGT's oversee them in their daily tasks. SGT's set an example and the standard for privates to look up to, and live up to.
    • sergeant
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    • STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) E6
    • Also commands a squad (9 to 10 Soldiers). Often has one or more SGT's under their leadership. Responsible for developing, maintaining, and utilizing the full range of his Soldiers' potential.
    • Sergeant
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    • SERGEANT FIRST CLASS (SFC) E7
    • Key assistant and advisor to the platoon leader. Generally has 15 to 18 years of Army experience and puts it to use by making quick, accurate decisions in the best interest of the Soldiers and the country.
    • sergeant
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    • MASTER SERGEANT (MSG) E8
    • Principal NCO at the battalion level, and often higher. Not charged with all the leadership responsibilities of a 1SG, but expected to dispatch leadership and other duties with the same professionalism.
    • sergeant
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    • FIRST SERGEANT (1SG) E8
    • Principal NCO of the company: the provider, disciplinarian, and wise counselor. Instructs other NCO's, advises the Commander, and helps train all enlisted Soldiers. Assists Officers at the company level (62 to 190 Soldiers).
    • first sergeant
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    • SERGEANT MAJOR (SMG) E9
    • SGMs' experience and abilities are equal to that of the CSM, but the sphere of influence regarding leadership is generally limited to those directly under his charge. Assists Officers at the battalion level and above (300 to 5,000 Soldiers).
    • Sergeant major

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    • COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR (CSM) E9
    • Supplies recommendations to the commander and staff, and carries out policies on the performance and conduct of enlisted personnel. Assists Officers at the battalion level and above (300 to 5,000 Soldiers).
    • sergeant major
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    • SERGEANT MAJOR OF THE ARMY (SMA) E9
    • There's only one Sergeant Major of the Army. This rank is the epitome of what it means to be a Sergeant and oversees all non-commissioned Officers. Senior enlisted advisor and consultant to the Chief of Staff of the Army (a four-star General).
    • Sergeant major
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    • SECOND LIEUTENANT (2LT) O1
    • Typically the entry-level rank for most Commissioned Officers. Leads platoon-size elements consisting of the platoon SGT and two or more squads (16 to 44 Soldiers).
    • Lieutenant
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    • FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) O3
    • A lieutenant with 18 to 24 months service. Leads more specialized platoons and indirect fire computation centers. A senior lieutenant, often selected to be the Executive Officer of a company-sized unit (110 to 140 personnel).
    • lieutenant
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    • CAPTAIN (CPT) O3
    • Commands and controls company-sized units (62 to 190 Soldiers), together with a principal NCO assistant. Instructs skills at service and is often a Staff Officer at the battalion level.
    • captain
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    • MAJOR (MAJ) O4
    • Gold Oak Leaf Cluster
    • Serves as primary Staff Officer for brigade and task force command regarding personnel, operational missions. Serves at the Battalion level as either the Operations Officer or the Executive Officer.
    • major
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    • LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LTC) O5
    • Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
    • Typically commands battalion-sized units (300 to 1,000 Soldiers), with a CSM as principal NCO assistant. May also be selected for brigade and task force Executive Officer.
    • colonel
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    • COLONEL (COL) O6
    • Full Bird
    • Typically commands brigade-sized units (3,000 to 5,000 Soldiers), with a CSM as principal NCO assistant. Also found as the chief of divisional-level staff agencies.
    • colonel
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    • BRIGADIER GENERAL (BG) O7
    • One Star
    • Serves as Deputy Commander to the commanding general for the Army divisions. Assists in overseeing the staff's planning and coordination of a mission.
    • General
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    • MAJOR GENERAL (MG) O8
    • Two Star
    • Typically commands division-sized units (10,000 to 15,000 Soldiers).
    • general
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    • LIEUTENANT GENERAL (LTG) O9
    • Three Star
    • Typically commands corps-sized units (20,000 to 45,000 Soldiers).
    • general
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    • GENERAL (GEN) O10
    • Four Star
    • The senior level of Commissioned Officer years of experience and service. Commands all operations that fall within their geographical area. The Chief of Staff of the Army is a four-star General.
    • general
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    • GENERAL OF THE ARMY (GEN) special
    • Five Star
    • This is only used in time of War where the Commanding Officer must be equal or of higher rank than those from other nations. The last officers to hold this rank served during and immediately after WWII.
    • General
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    • WARRANT OFFICER 1 (WO1)
    • Expert in certain military technologies or capabilities (e.g., helicopter pilots). Soldiers with this rank serve under a warrant from the Secretary of the Army. WOs are single-track specialty officers for their entire career.
    • Mr.
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    • CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 2 (CW2) CW2
    • Having received a commission from the President of the United States, is the President's direct representative. Has the authority of a commissioned officer (who is a generalist), but is a specialist.
    • Mr.
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    • CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 3 (CW3) CW3
    • As leaders and technical experts, Chief Warrant Officers provide valuable skills, guidance, and expertise to commanders and organizations in their particular field.
    • Mr.
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    • CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 4 (CW4) CW4
    • Chief Warrant Officers remain single-specialty Officers whose career track is oriented towards progressing within their career field rather than focusing on increased levels of command and staff-duty positions
    • Mr
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    • CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 5 (CW5) CW5
    • The grades (CW2-CW5) reflect salary increases and are normally indicative of the length of time a person has served as a Warrant Officer. The grades do not signify differences in job duties.
    • Mr.
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