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Old 05-18-2009, 07:17 PM
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what is the best way to get promoted in the army? ive heard rotc helps but is that true?
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:52 PM
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what is the best way to get promoted in the army? ive heard rotc helps but is that true?
Which route are you looking at Officer or enlisted?
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:13 PM
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enlisted because i am really not interested in college i would really like to go airborne with the 82nd airborne
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:51 PM
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PT Score, Weapons Qual and Education both Civilian and Military. Military correspondence courses are a great way to earn promotion points and also let your chain of command know you are trying to improve yourself. Also, taking college classes also look good and earn you promotion points as well.
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:06 PM
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Prior to actually shipping out you can do this program called Future Soldier, where you go over the basic stuff like rank structure, marching drills, military time, etc. And you turn these certificates in to your recruiter. They will count towards a promotion. Referrals also grab you promotions too. This guy who I roomed with before going to MEPS, was going in as an E4 because of Future Soldier and two referrals.
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Old 05-19-2009, 07:41 AM
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If you enlist witha 4 year college degree you can enter the army as a SPC, E 4 or you can go to OCS to get a commission. I believe a two year degree will allow you to enter as a PFC, E 3. Participating in the Future Soldier program gets you PV2, E 2.

All the rest of your promotions depend on so many things too numerous to mention. Availability of slots at the rank you want is a big factor. How many promotion points you have, time in service, time in grade, military education, civilian education, medals & badges all have to be factored in.

At this time I'd say nthat a Combat Arms soldier in the 75th Ranger Regt. has the best chance of being fast-tracked when he gets his Ranger Tab. My son made CPL the same day he graduated from Ranger School, SGT almos right aftyer that & was given a squad after a short while witht eh rank of SGT, E 5, normally a SSG, E-6 slot. Had he decided to stay in he would have kept his squad & been promoted to SSG. Not bad for a 4 year enlistment.

Every time I went to the promotion board thinking I was overloaded with all of the above there was always someone with more than me. It's a good thing my good looks carried me through.
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Promotion in the Army is a joke just like most things in the Army. If you're in a MOS that has low points all you have to do is have a pulse and breath at the same time vwala, you're promoted. Along with the most ridiculous thing call military correspondent courses, most E-4 and above have the answers on a thumb drive. All of the answers! All it takes is a little time and you've got 1000 hours done and 200 hundred points and military ed out of the way. Then you have to take in account your awards, weapons and pt. Go infantry, you'll be E-5 in two years no problem.
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Promotion from E-1 (Private) through E-4 (Specialist) is automatic at predetermined benchmarks for the Soldier who does everything expected of him. For Soldiers who are late, unprepared for training, or get in trouble, it can take much longer. FOr promotion to E-5 (Sergeant) and E-6 (Staff Sergeant) you compete against other Soldiers within the same MOS, and are evaluated with a score based on your weapons qualification, PT Test, Military awards, Military education (Correspondence courses and military course after AIT like Airborne, Air Assault, etc.), Civilian Education (College Credits), and a board score.

And as we can see with his previous post about getting out, bgd8rd is very unhappy with the Army. Can you cheat on correspondence courses? Sure! But most people who are unethical enough to do so don't have the drive to do the other things required to get promoted, so it evens out. Me, I'm glad I came in as an E-1; I learned important lessons as a Private that have helped me as I climbed up to my current position as a Platoon Sergeant. Promotion is most definitely NOT a 'joke' - when you pin on stripes you assume very real responsibility for the men and women of your team. He is correct that if you complete your military education requirements (max out your correspondence courses) you will be much more competitive than many of your peers. Realize, though, that a lot of them are coming in with college credits already, and a lot of your points come from your performance on the board.

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