Certain categories of personnel can enlist in the United States Army, and receive advanced paygrade status.
Advanced Paygrade of E-2 (PV2) is authorized for an applicant who:
- Has completed 1 or 2 years of Junior ROTC (JROTC) or a National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) Program.
- Has attended any U.S. military service academy or U.S. military academy preparatory school for 179 days or fewer (or at grade determined by amount of college credit completed, whichever is greater).
- Has successfully completed 24 or more classroom semester hours (36 or more quarter hours) at an accredited degree granting college or university listed in the AIPE* or NACES* (foreign transcripts must be evaluated).
- Has completed all phase II requirements of the Air Force Civil Air Patrol and has been awarded the Billy Mitchell Award.
- Has taken part in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) and has been awarded Quartermaster Award (Certificate).
- Has been awarded the Boy Scout Eagle certificate as a member of the Boy Scouts of America (Form 58-708).
- Has earned the Girl Scout Gold award certificate as a member of the Girl Scouts of America.
- Has completed Army pre-Basic Training task list as a member of Delayed Enlistment Program (DEP) or Delayed Training Program (DTP). Note: If member is already entitled to advanced grade of E-2, completion of the task list entitles the member for advancement to the paygrade of E-3.
Advanced Paygrade of E-3 (PFC) is authorized for an applicant who:
- Has completed 3 or more years of JROTC or a NDCC Program.
- Has completed 1 year of Senior ROTC (SROTC).
- Has successfully completed 48 or more classroom semester hours (72 or more quarter hours) (without a 4-year degree) at an accredited degree granting college or university listed in the AIPE* (foreign transcripts must be evaluated. This includes those with associate degrees.
- Has successfully completed 2 or more academic years of a postsecondary vocational-technical school and has received a certificate of training attesting to successful completion of the course. The school must be listed in the AIPE*.
Advanced Paygrade of E-4 (SPC) is authorized for an applicant who:
- Has successfully completed a degree-producing college program of 4 years duration and the college or university which is listed in the AIPE* (and has been awarded a bachelors or higher degree) (foreign degrees and transcripts must be evaluated). Advanced promotion is authorized if college or university provides a letter stating the applicant has met all requirements for a degree, but it will not be awarded until commencement ceremony.
Members who lack documentation required for advanced promotion under the above conditions at time of enlistment may submit supporting documents to the personnel officer within 6 months of enlistment. Documents must be original, certified, or evaluated as required. Effective date and date of rank for soldiers who lacked documentation at time of enlistment will be the effective date of the promotion by the unit commander. No retroactive adjustment is authorized.
Other Advanced Rank Programs
In addition to the above, the Army will give advanced enlistment rank to applicants who, while a member of the DEP (Delayed Enlistment Program) refers others to their recruiter for enlistment. To qualify, the referrals must enlist in the DEP before the applicant ships off to basic training (referrals who enlist in the DEP after the applicant ships off to basic, don't count).
Under this program, for advanced promotion to E-2, one must:
- Refer 1 person who is a high school graduate (or still in high school) and scores 50 or more on the AFQT (overall ASVAB Score) or;
- Refer 2 people who are high school graduates (or still in high school) and they score between 31 and 49 on the AFQT or;
- Refer 3 people who do not meet the conditions above, but are otherwise qualified/accepted for enlistment
For advanced promotion to E-3, one must:
Refer 2 people who are high school graduates (or still in high school) and score 50 or more on the AFQT (overall ASVAB Score) or;
- Refer 4 people who are high school graduates (or still in high school) and they score between 31 and 49 on the AFQT or;
- Refer 6 people who do not meet the conditions above, but are otherwise qualified/accepted for enlistment
Those who qualified under the Army Civilian Acquired Skills Program (ACASP) may enlist at the paygrade of E-4.
*AIPE is the Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education (AIPE) book published by the American Council on Education (ACE). NACES is the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.