For those who are unfamiliar with the basics of the military, there are two main tiers of rank structure: enlisted soldier and commissioned officer.
In the Army, the enlisted man starts out as a Private, typically a 17-year-old high school graduate and advances through several ranks of sergeant, also known as non-commissioned officer (NCO). The enlisted ranks top off with senior NCOs such as Sergeant Major and up.
Army’s commissioned officers start out as Lieutenants, who had just graduated from their university’s ROTC program or from a service academy such as the one at West Point, NY. Lieutenants are promoted to Captain, Major, Colonel, and ultimately to the Generals who command their country’s armed forces.
By doctrine, officers are leaders of the enlisted. And by doctrine and in practice, the experienced enlisted, specifically NCOs or sergeants, are known as the backbone of the Army. The officer is always the senior…
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