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Ranks and Insignia

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

Private Trainee



PVT, E-1

Description
People who enlist in the unit will be given this rank. In order to enlist, a person must put in an application and pass an interview and orientation. From here members of the unit will be expected to complete our Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP) consisting of One Station Unit Training (OSUT), and Air Assault School.
Prerequisites
1. Successfully be accepted into the 32nd Ranger Battalion
Private Second Class



PV2, E-2

Description
Given to those who complete their Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP).
Prerequisites
1. Completion of One Station Unit Training
2. Completion of Air Assault School
Private First Class



PFC, E-3

Description
An junior enlisted member of the Army who has some experience but has not yet a proven leader.
Prerequisites
1) Graduate with honors from RASP,
(OR)
1) 1 month Time in Grade as an E-2,
2) Assigned to a squad.
Specialist



SPC, E-4b

Description
A junior enlisted rank in the United States Army, equivalent in salary to a Corporal. Specialists have basic management duties and may command soldiers of lower rank.
Prerequisites
1) One month Time in Grade as a PFC,
2) Demonstrated basic soldier proficiency,
3) Active in the unit and in the squad,
4) Positive contribution to the forums.
Corporal



CPL, E-4a

Description
A Corporal is one who has crossed the gate into the time honored NCO Corps. They have proven themselves to be leaders but do no meet the requirements for Sergeant.
Prerequisites
1) 2 months TIG as a Private First Class,
2) A proven leader in the unit,
3) Recommendation from squad leader,
(Or)
1) 1 month as a Specialist
2) A proven leader in the unit,
3) Recommendation from squad leader.
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 team or a squad if necessary, as well as serve as NCOIC of a DMOS. The Sergeant is where the axe meets the stone.
Prerequisites
1) 2 months Time-in-Grade as a Specialist,
2) Complete Basic Leadership Course (BLC),
3) Hold the billet of a team or squad leader or other respective administrative role,
4) Must pass a promotion board set up by command staff.
(or)
1) 1 month as a corporal,
2) Complete Basic Leadership Course (BLC),
3) Hold the billet of a team or squad leader or other respective administrative role,
4) Must pass a promotion board set up by command staff.
Staff Sergeant



SSG, E-6

Description
The Staff Sergeant is a proficient and reliable Squad Leader. His leadership is crucial to the health of the entire unit. Not only does the Staff Sergeant excel in Squad leadership, he also shows the ability to assist the Platoon Sergeant or even serve as one if called upon.
Prerequisites
1) One month TIG as a Sergeant,
2) Serve in the role of a Squad Leader,
3) Recommendation by their Platoon,
4) Recommendation by promotion board.
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. Those appointed to Sergeant First Class are the very definition of "Senior NCO".
Prerequisites
1) Two months TIG as a Staff Sergeant,
2) Demonstrated proficiency as a Squad Leader,
3) Shows advanced leadership capabilities,
4) Platoon Sergeant billet must be open,
5) Recommendation by Command Staff.
Master Sergeant



MSG, E-8b

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 months TIS overall
2) Demonstrated success at all levels of NCO Leadership
3) Recommendation from the officers of Command Staff
First Sergeant



1SG, E-8

Description
The First Sergeant is vital to to any unit and their performance and attitude is often infectious to the entire company. The First Sergeant holds formations, instructs platoon sergeants, advises the command officer , assists in all training.
Prerequisites
1) One year TIS,
2) Ability to assist the Company Commander or server in absentia,
3) Recommendation from commanding officer of the Battalion.
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) Appointment from the commanding officer of the unit
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 unit
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 the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program
2) Successful Application into Aviation Detachment
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) Graduation from RASP.
2) Graduation from Aviation School
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) 6 months Time in grade as Warrant Officer 1,
2) Contributes in Flight Duty MOS activities,
3) No Significant lapse in activity.
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 months TIG as a CW2
2) Selected as Flight XO or Flight Leader
3) No significant lapse in activity levels
4) 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) Be Appointed Flight Executive Officer,
2) Contributes in Flight and DMOS Activities,
3) Contributes in the forums,
4) 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) Unfathamable
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 Company Commanders, and do well to take heed the advise of their First Sergeants. They also have a seat at the table of Command Staff, but also do well to listen more than speak.
Prerequisites
1) Completion of Officer Candidate School
2) Billet open for an officer position
3) Approval of the Commanding Officer of the Battalion
First Lieutenant



1LT, O-2

Description
The First Lieutenant has proven him/herself as a competent Platoon Leader. They have earned the trust of his Rangers and they continue to improve their Company and Division as a whole.
Prerequisites
1) Demonstrated excellence as a Platoon Leader,
2) Three months TIG as a Second Lieutenant,
3) Approval from Battalion Commanding Officer
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 Platoon Leader,
2) Company Commander billet available,
3) Recommendation by Command Staff,
4) Approval of the Commanding Officer of the Division.