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How To Join The US Army With A Higher Enlisted Rank

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Learn how to advance your US Army career two years into the future before ever leaving for basic training.

The United States army is a branch of the American military that is often found in movies and pop-culture references. When many people think of the army they immediately think of training from hell, drill sergeants that demoralize you, and long foot marches. The end result of this training is a highly trained and skilled individual with a great deal of confidence. This fact draws a large number of men and women to the army in the hopes of acquiring college scholarships or simply to find a career. Despite the glory and glamour of the job that is expressed through movies and on television serving in the US army is still a job.

The United States army has a hierarchical structure that allows for a great deal of responsibility and hard work. The pay scale changes with rank and as such initial rank should be considered as part of the recruitment process. If the interested applicant wants to make a career out of the army, a higher entry rank will greatly reduce the time it takes to advance. If the individual merely wishes to acquire benefits then a higher rank will equate to better benefit payments and capacities.

The Simplest Initial Enlisted Rank Advancement Methods

The simplest methods for acquiring a higher initial enlisted rank in the US army are physical fitness and the referral of one or more people that are accepted for enlistment.

1. High Physical Fitness

The army physical fitness test (APFT) is a diagnostic concept that is used to determine the general fitness of a soldier. The initial entry requirements are very low. If the candidate can perform at a level that reaches the minimum for the true army standards then they may begin their military career as an E-2. This rank increase means that the individual will have already saved themselves one month of being in the army at the lowest ranks simply for being physically fit.

2. Refer a Friend

The capacity to refer friends to the army is a very valuable skill in the eyes of the military. If the referred candidates actually prove to be worthy of enlistment then this may lead to a promotion. Generally speaking, if the referring recruit is able to bring in people that are both high-school graduates or higher that also perform above average on their ASVAB they may start off their military career at E-3. This type of rank advancement allows the recruit to start their career at the same rank as an individual who may have been in the army for up to a year already.

It should be noted that people who refer multiple friends who only perform in an average manner on the test may also receive a rank. If they are all high school graduates even people that are referred but barely pass the test will count toward the referring individual's rank advancement. A rank of E-2 may be awarded to a referring recruit if any non-graduates they refer test well also.

Advanced Initial Enlisted Rank Promotion Methods

The highest rank that an initial entry enlisted soldier may attain prior to basic training is E-4, or specialist rank. There are several methods for obtaining this rank. However, the two simplest methods will include a four year college degree or significant civilian experience in their chosen MOS.

1. College Degree Specialists

A potential recruit with a four year college degree has the capacity to immediately start their enlisted military career as an E-4. It is very easy to find a position as an E-4 in the medical, construction, transport, or combat arms MOS fields with a college education. Starting a career in the army as an E-4 will provide the recruit with a rank that is roughly equivalent in time to an individual may have been in the Army up to two years if they began their career as an E-1.

A recruit who does not have a four year degree, but who does have 60 credit hours in a related MOS field may begin their career as an E-3. A popular tactic for some individuals is to attend college preparatory courses at a local community college until they have enough credits for an associates degree. These individuals will then enter the military in order to acquire a college scholarship while enjoying a higher entry rank and pay scale.

2. Civilian Experience

A great deal of civilian experience in a specific job field, especially a management position in a field related to the MOS the individual is signing up for, can greatly increase rank. The effect on rank advancement is similar to that of an individual with a four year college degree.

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