AshleyMarie34 said:Hey there. I have a question that I haven't been able to figure out on my own and it regards one working their way up the military chain.
I know of a member who has been in for close to 20 years and is still in corporal rank. I also know someone who has been in less than 10 years and she is a Captian if I recall correctly.
Just curious how that works if anyone has the time to explain. Thank you!
To start with a Captain is an officer, which means that they most likely started out as an Officer Cadet or a Second Lieutenant.
A Corporal is an NCO rank which is a subcategory of NCM who do not require university degrees, however many still have them. To progress past the rank of Corporal, leadership courses are needed. Meaning that if a soldier does not go on leadership or does not pass leadership they do not move on. There are time requirements in rank, however the bigger requirement is passing the required courses. Now the Army likes to change the courses from time to time and I even know people who were demoted to Cpl because of that. Overall time in is not a very good indication of someone's rank, you can have someone who is a cpl for their entire career or you can get someone who moves up the ranks very fast. That's where the saying for the CD "never trust a Cpl with one, or a Warrant without one" comes from. Although I'm going to be in that category very soon whenever I have the medal pined on me.