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Date Posted: Fri, June 24 2005, 15:40:58
Author: Jeff Northridge
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Subject: Re: Rank and Duty
In reply to: wayne gregory 's message, "Re: Rank and Duty" on Fri, June 24 2005, 13:15:35

Howdy Wayne;

That's interesting because that wasn't how the Army worked at all. As soon as an Army GI set foot in Vietnam, he was promoted to SP4 (enlisted) or 1LT (commissioned) after a few weeks unless he had gotten into trouble with the UCMJ. I never saw a 2LT in Vietnam, and we only had a few PFCs who were awaiting promotion orders to come through or who had been busted in rank for some odd reason.

I think that the reason for this had to do with pay. When I first enlisted in the Army as a private (E-1), the pay was $98/mo. As a SP4 with combat pay, I think that my salary rose to a fantastic $260/mo.

The odd-ball officer ranks in the Army were 2LT (too green to put out in the field), MAJ (falls in between company and battalion commanders), and BGN (falls in between brigade and division commanders.

It must be harder to make rank in the Marine Corps than in the Army. My nephew, David Northridge, is currently with A Co., 1st/5th Marines near Ramadi, Iraq for his second tour and he's still only a corporal after two-and-a-half years in the Corps. The Army, in its infinite wisdom, promoted me to SGT (E-5) after 13 mo. This happened five days after my leaving Vietnam.

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