What is the average rank of enlisted soldiers with ten years of active duty service?
I am planning on getting out and trying to get into a Reserve Officer position in the Army soon. I will be 34 years old, have ten years of active duty service, and a completed Masters Degree in Leadership/Management from a Brick & Mortar School.
I will most likely only be an E-5 when I get out though because advancements are really slow and I changed jobs after 4 years of being on active duty. Will only being an E-5 hurt my chances of being accepted to OCS?
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Everyone that I knew was a SSG, but not sure if that just happened because some of them started later with school etc.
However, you will be surprised about waivers that can be used so dont let that deter you. I would if I were you directly correspond with someone who deals with OCS and who can give you a specific information. There should be something out there a contact or a page defining the rules for entry.
First, I would agree and say SSG (E6). Thats without the MOS change or other hinderences though.
Second, if you want an accurate answer you should lay all the info on the table. If your Navy and the 10 years is 10 years in the Navy you should mention that and the job background. Even though it is none of our business it gives the readers here a better picture.
You also might want to ask on armyocs.com but be aware some of the folks posting there could be your classmates or instructors if your accepted into OCS.
Normally, I would agree with E6, but it seems like more and more folks are making 7 in 10. Not to mention those that make E6 in 4. But, I blame that on the wars. Things will probably settle back down once authorizations start to drop.
It's a lot different now with the wars going on, but that's probably going to settle back down some in the next few years.
When I was in, I'd say E-6 was probably average at ten years. Some fast movers were E-7 and some slow movers were E-5. Eight year E-4s weren't all that uncommon.
I knew several who retired at E-6 and one who was an E-9 in thirteen years. It depends a lot on being in the right place at the right time and making the right moves on your part. A lot of it's just luck.
Depends on a lot of things-MOS, certain units, chain of command, etc. Oh yeah, and you.
Generally with 10 years you should be a senior SSG or SFC, but again there are many variables. In MOSs with high density the promotions will usually come faster. I made SSG at 5 years, SFC at 9 years and MSG at 15, in the infantry with a decent amount of schooling and assignments.
Bottom line, do what you enjoy and don't worry about it. If you enjoy your job, you will probably be good at it or at least maintain a good attitude. That will make you successful.
While I am no SME on OCS, they will probably look at the whole package, including NCOERs, letters of recommendation, schools, duty positions, etc. If you have a masters, you have the education piece taken care of and then some.