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    In the Ranger Batts the rank structure is elevated by one grade. In other words a PL would be either a 1LT or CPT, probably a 1LT(P), the company commander a MAJ or CPT(P). At least that was the way when my son was in the 3rd Batt. I'm sure there are exceptions. Seeing as they only take officers who have had PL experience in the Big Army that makes sense. Back to being a PL as a 1LT but in a Ranger platoon. Now those who go to Regiment are a different story. There are special units like Recon, Intel & of course staff positions & there's also a Support Batt & Support companies in each operational Ranger Batt. I'm not sure how they work officer acquisition there.

    I got out of the Navy in '66. The name Vince rings a bell but it could have been someone with that as a first name. Now that would be a coincidence, wouldn't it? Meeting the grandson of one of my former team members. I came out of the Navy as a PO2 but received a promotion to 1st class (E-6) after I was out a few weeks. I almost went back in but I was about to start college. I could have taken an appointment to Annapolis, too, but turned it down. I've regretted both decisions often. After 14 years I went into the Army as an Infantry Paratrooper - that was the only way I would go in - & went on to serve an additional 21 years. By the way - I got my start in the Navy in submarines. One of my Petty Officers was a Frogman in Korea & was an Instructor in Scuba School (it was called Underwater Swimmers School) before he came back to the sub service. He convinced me to give that a try & helped grease the way into UDT when I graduated & I showed interest.
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    Road Warrior, relax. Where you go after Ft. Sill is decided there if all things still go when I was in. Whether you will be an FSO or whatever is in the stars when you get to your unit. There they give you your job because we in the units have constant changes and assign the incoming Officers where we need them and slots exists. So, it could be that you end up as the Manager for cleanliness on post (and we expect you to do a good job and act as a manager) or as a Range Officer (see before) or a Battery XO (see before). Officers are expected to do any kind of managerial job no matter what and no questions asked and we expect them to do it efficiently. If you can't live with that just stay away. But, we also remember what you have done afterwards and see to it that you get ahead in your career and give you the right job next time, OK? When you advance in the Army you will act the same way because you have no choice.

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    Road Warrior, relax. Where you go after Ft. Sill is decided there if all things still go when I was in. Whether you will be an FSO or whatever is in the stars when you get to your unit. There they give you your job because we in the units have constant changes and assign the incoming Officers where we need them and slots exists. So, it could be that you end up as the Manager for cleanliness on post (and we expect you to do a good job and act as a manager) or as a Range Officer (see before) or a Battery XO (see before). Officers are expected to do any kind of managerial job no matter what and no questions asked and we expect them to do it efficiently. If you can't live with that just stay away. But, we also remember what you have done afterwards and see to it that you get ahead in your career and give you the right job next time, OK? When you advance in the Army you will act the same way because you have no choice.

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    Former Signal Officer here.....but who spent most of my 10 years in Artillery units.....when I was in new LT's went to Fist......Bn FSO's were Captains as a rule......and they usually had a little time in grade back then.....most were marking time for Company command
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    Hi Mad Machinist, sir! Haven't heard from you for a long time. The site has gone pretty dead & has been for a while.
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