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Ranks and Insignia

A list of all Army enlisted ranks and their respected description and requirements.

Recruit



RCT, ---

Description
Upon induction to the Delayed Entry Program, the member will be given the rank RCT. After 30 days probation and successful completion of the DEP program, the recruit will then be promoted to the rank of Private Trainee.
Prerequisites
1) Induction into the Delayed Entry Program.
Private Trainee



PVT, E-1

Description
Enlistees are given this rank upon their Induction into Service. To be inducted, an enlistee must pass the enlistment process which includes several written questionnaires, a voice interview on TS, and evidence of having the required software. Once inducted, the PVT is slated for a Tango Training Squad and scheduled for Basic Training.
Prerequisites
1) Enlisted
Private Second Class



PV2, E-2

Description
Rank given to those who complete OSUT (One Station Unit Training)
Prerequisites
1) Graduate from the Basic Combat Training & Advanced Individual Training, also known as OSUT (One Station Unit Training)
Private First Class



PFC, E-3

Description
Still new in the Unit, but not Green.
Prerequisites
1) Graduate with honors OR: 1 month Time In Grade (TIG) as PV2 and assignment to a squad
2) Personal File Completed
3) Contributes in Squad and DMOS activities
4) Contributes in the Forums
5) No significant lapse in activity levels
Specialist



SPC, E-4b

Description
A Specialist is a basic Soldier who has earned experience in Squad and DMOS activities, participated in competitive combat operations, and is a proven asset to the Squad.
Prerequisites
1) One month TIG at PFC
2) Demonstrated proficiency in game
3) Actively participates in Squad and DMOS operations
4) Positively participates in Forums
5) Able to assist the Squad Leader or Squad 2IC when needed
Corporal



CPL, E-4a

Description
Corporal is not just a rank. It is the doorway to the NCO Corps. Corporals have established themselves as having leadership potential and worthy of consideration as a future Squad Leader.
Prerequisites
1) Two (2) months TIG as a PFC or 1 month as SPC
2) Graduation from Warrior Leadership School (Or Selected to attend)
3) Clear and decisive speech and writing abilities
4) Participates in Squad and DMOS activities at a level of excellence
5) Ability to conduct Squad training as directed by the Squad Leader
6) Selected as a Squad Leader or Fireteam Leader
7) Recommendation from Squad Leader and Promotion Board
Sergeant



SGT, E-5

Description
The rank of Sergeant is the entree to a hallowed fraternity. Sergeants run the Army, of that there can be no doubt. A Sergeant is a proven leader and can lead a Chalk or even a Squad if necessary, as well as serve as NCOIC of a DMOS. The Sergeant is where the axe meets the stone.
Prerequisites
1) Three (3) months TIG as a SPC or 2 month as CPL
2) Completion of Warrior Leadership Course
3) Important part of Squad and DMOS activities
4) Ability to write Squad Reports
5) Ability to conduct Squad training as directed by the Squad Leader
6) Selected as a Squad Leader
7) Recommendation from Squad Leader and Promotion Board
Staff Sergeant



SSG, E-6

Description
The Staff Sergeant is a proficient and reliable Squad Leader. His leadership is cruicial to the health of the Division. Not only does the Staff Sergeant excel in Squad leadership, he also shows the ablility to assist the Platoon Sergeant or even serve as one if called upon.
Prerequisites
1) Four (4) months TIG as a SGT
2) Demonstrated success as a Squad Leader
3) Shows leadership in all areas and Selected /or attended Advanced Leadership course
4) Ability to assist the Platoon Sergeant where necessary
5) Recommendation Promotion Board and Command Staff
Sergeant First Class



SFC, E-7

Description
The Sergeant First Class is the Platoon level NCO. He has proven himself not only an excellent Squad Leader in the past, but also an effective Platoon Sergeant. He has become a force to be reckoned with inside the Company and a trusted advisor and counselor to all junior NCOs and Rangers. Sergeants First Class are the very definition of "Senior NCO".
Prerequisites
1) Four (4) months TIG as a SSG
2) Demonstrated success as a Platoon Sergeant
3) Shows leadership in all areas
4) Ability to assist the First Sergeant where necessary
5) Recommendation of Command Staff
Master Sergeant



MSG, E-8

Description
The rank of Master Sergeant says it all: Master of the art of leadership. The Master Sergeant serves as the principal NCO in staff elements at company and often higher levels. Although not charged with the enormous leadership responsibilities of the First Sergeant, the Master Sergeant is expected to dispatch leadership and other duties with the same professionalism and to achieve the same results as the First Sergeant.
Prerequisites
1) Ten (10) months TIS overall
2) Demonstrated success at all levels of NCO leadership
3) Is an example to be followed in all areas
4) Ability to assist the Command Staff where necessary
5) Recommendation from the Officers of Command Staff
First Sergeant



1SG, E-8

Description
When you are talking about the First Sergeant you are talking about the lifeblood of the Army. There can be no substitute of this position nor any question of its importance. When First Sergeants are exceptional, their units are exceptional, regardless of any other single personality involved. Perhaps their rank insignia should be the keystone rather than the traditional diamond. It is the First Sergeant at whom almost all unit operations merge. The First Sergeant holds formations, instructs platoon Sergeants, advises the Commander, and assists in training of all enlisted members.
Prerequisites
1) One (1) year TIS
2) Ability to assist the Company Commander or serve in his absence
3) Ability to write Company Reports in lieu of the Company Commander
4) Ability to actively participate in Command Staff activities and forums
5) Sets the standard of excellence in leadership throughout the Regiment
6) Demonstrated reputation of success as a Squad Leader and/or Platoon Sergeant
7) Recommendation from the Commanding Officer of the Regiment
Sergeant Major



SGM, E-9

Description
The Sergeant Major is the principal Senior NCO of the Battalion. With a background of excellence in all areas of leadership including Company First Sergeant, the Sergeant Major represents the height of accomplishment in the NCO Corps. The Sergeant Major can move mountains, part the skies and place his boot where he wishes.
Prerequisites
1) Special appointment by the Commanding Officer of the Division
Command Sergeant Major



CSM, E-9

Description
The Command Sergeant Major is the commanding senior NCO of any command element. With a background of excellence in all areas of leadership including Company First Sergeant, the Command Sergeant Major represents the height of accomplishment in the NCO Corps. The Command Sergeant Major is a beast of his/her own and not to be trifle with.
Prerequisites
1) Special appointment by the Commanding Officer of the Division
Warrant Officer Candidate



WOC, E-5

Description
Aviation Center of Excellence (Aviation School) is the U.S. Army's main training academy for prospective Warrant Officers. The school is generally open to qualified enlisted personnel. Candidates who successfully complete the rigorous training curriculum receive formal commissions as U.S. Army Warrant Officers.
Prerequisites
1) Completion of BCT
2) Achieved rank of PFC or waived
3) Selected for Aviation School
Warrant Officer 1



WO1, W-1

Description
Appointed by warrant from the Secretary of the Army, Warrant Officer 1's are technically and tactically focused officers who perform the primary duties of technical leader, trainer, operator, manager, maintainer, sustainer, and adviser.
Prerequisites
1) Graduate Aviation School
2) No significant lapse in activity levels
Chief Warrant Officer 2



CW2, W-2

Description
Chief Warrant Officers become commissioned officers by warrant as determined by the President of the United States. Chief Warrant Officers are intermediate level technical and tactical experts who perform increased duties and responsibilities at the detachment through battalion levels.
Prerequisites
1) Six (6) Months TIG as WO1
2) Contributes in Flight and DMOS activities
4) Contributes in the Forums
5) No significant lapse in activity levels
Chief Warrant Officer 3



CW3, W-3

Description
Advanced-level experts who perform the primary duties that of a technical and tactical leader. They provide direction, guidance, resources, assistance, and supervision necessary for subordinates to perform their duties. CW3s primarily support operations levels from team or detachment through brigade.
Prerequisites
1) Five (5) Months TIG as CW2
2) Selected as Flight XO or Flight Leader
3) Contributes in Flight and DMOS activities
4) Contributes in the Forums
5) No significant lapse in activity levels
6) Approved by Detachment Commander
Chief Warrant Officer 4



CW4, W-4

Description
Senior-level experts in their chosen field. They primarily support battalion, brigade, division, corps, and echelons above corps operations. CW4s typically have special mentorship responsibilities for other WOs and provide essential advice to commanders on WO issues.
Prerequisites
1) Demonstrated Excellence as a Flight Executive Officer
2) Contributes in Flight and DMOS activities
3) Contributes in the Forums
4) No significant lapse in activity levels
5) Approved by Battalion Commander
Chief Warrant Officer 5



CW5, W-5

Description
Master-level technical and tactical experts that support brigade, division, corps, echelons above corps, and major command operations. They provide leader development, mentorship, advice, and counsel to WOs and branch officers. CW5s have special WO leadership and representation responsibilities within their respective commands.
Prerequisites
1) Unfathomable
Officer Candidate



OCS, E-5

Description
Candidate School (OCS) is the U.S. Army’s main training academy for prospective Army Officers. The school is generally open to qualified enlisted non-commissioned officers. Candidates who successfully complete the rigorous, 12-hour school receive formal commissions as U.S. Army Officers and assume the ability to command Soldiers.
Prerequisites
1) Selected for Officer Candidate School (must be E-5 or higher for selection).
Second Lieutenant



2LT, O-1

Description
As the PV2 is the junior Soldiers and the CPL is the junior NCO, the Second Lieutenant is a junior Commissioned Officer, learning what it means to no longer wear stripes. Second Lieutenants are freshly minted Platoon Leader, and do well to take heed the advise of their Platoon Sergeant & First Sergeants. They also have a seat at the table of Command Staff, but also do well to listen more than speak.
Prerequisites
1) Demonstrated excellence as a Soldier, NCO or Senior NCO
2) Selection for OCS or Field Commission Board and successful passing of same
3) Approval of the Commanding Officer of the Regiment
First Lieutenant



1LT, O-2

Description
The First Lieutenant has proven him/herself as a competent Platoon Leader and a trusted part of Command Staff. He has earned the confidence of his Soldiers and continues to improve his Platoon, Company and the Division as a whole.
Prerequisites
1) Demonstrated excellence as a Platoon Leader
2) Three (3) months to Six (6) months TIG at 2LT(O-1)
3) Approval of the Commanding Officer of the Regiment
Captain



CPT, O-3

Description
To be promoted to Captain is to be the standard of excellence as a Company Commander and an Officer. The Captain enjoys universal respect from his Soldiers and fellow Officers and has made the Division a better place because his Company has been made ever stronger
Prerequisites
1) Demonstrated excellence as a Company Commander
2) Trusted member of Command Staff
3) Approval of the Commanding Officer of the Division
Major



MAJ, O-4

Description
The Major is a Field Grade officer, one who is proven at all levels and can now be trusted with responsibilities that span the whole Regiment. The Major can serve as the Battalion Commander, Regimental Staff Officer, or even Regimental Executive Officer. All eyes are on the Major, for he assists the leadership of the Division in all areas.
Prerequisites
1) Demonstrated excellence as a Commissioned Officer in all areas
2) Personally promoted by the Commanding Officer of the Division
Lieutenant Colonel



LTC, O-5

Description
The Lieutenant Colonel has proven himself as the Regimental Executive Officer, serving at the Commanding Officer's right hand, and even in his stead when necessary. The LTC, as Executive Officer, oversees all day to day operations and activities of the Division at the direction of the Commanding Officer. His is a trusted and wise voice in the Command Staff as well, always assisting his Company Commanders and other junior officers.
Prerequisites
1) Four (4) months TIG as Major
2) Personally promoted by the Commanding Officer
Colonel



COL, O-6

Description
The Colonel has one job only: to Command the Regiment. His is the final word on all things. His responsibility is all encompassing and all consuming. In short, he signs the checks.
Prerequisites
1) Unfathomable