Posted on May 6, 2021
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I am currently in the process of reentry into the U.S. Army after over two years, I made some poor choices while I was in and have learned from them planning to come back more motivated than ever. I am just wondering what I can expect as far as my rank upon reentry and my requirements for the next enlisted ranks. Here is my rank progression:

PV1: Joined July 3rd, 2017
PV2: Promoted Jan 3rd, 2018
PV1: Demoted Oct, 2018
Discharged (general under honorable): Jan 17th, 2019

With this, I am wanting to know when I can expect my promotions for the junior enlisted ranks upon reentry. For those needing more information, I summarized below my time to give some understanding of the movement if needed.

I was in the Army for around 18 months in IET status, I completed basic first time through and completed the academic portion of AIT a few months later. I was unable to graduate as I only had 1 record PT test on file (it was a pass) but wasn't able to take a second due to a profile. Once I got off the profile I found that one of the two doctors on the post I saw thought I needed medical separation while the other disagreed causing me to be stuck indefinitely waiting on JAG. During the next year, the doctor who submitted the medical separation put me back on profile and I got severely demotivated watching people enter and leave the AIT program and it got even worse when the last person who was there when I was left after a year at AIT waiting on his security clearance. As a result of this demotivation, I got in trouble for a few things (missing a formation, not participating in one of the morning PTs) after I was counseled for these two things (within the same day) I was taken off this extended profile the next friday and given a record PT test the following Monday and Friday. From here they discharged me for a failure to meet expectations in combination with a UCMJ for the two counselings. I will accept that these were actions were absolutely unbecoming of a soldier and that I regret making those choices. Thank you to anyone who helps answer this question for me!
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SFC Observer   Controller/Trainer (Oc/T)
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I mean... Hunting the Good Stuff... At least you can't come in any lower than E-1, so you've got that going for you!
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1SG Police Officer
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The best advice I can give you as someone who promoted to E5 demoted to E4 demoted to E3 and got out. I came back in as an E3 2 years later with my head properly on my shoulders. I picked up my promotions quickly by being squared away, always early and always passing my PT test and hgt/wgt. It all depends on how bad you want it and never blame someone else for your mistakes. You will still have hiccups (a bad nco or someone who just doesn't like you. ) deal with it and do everything you can to better yourself and your unit. I ended up retiring a 1SGT. It can be done.

Good luck
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SMSgt Billy Cesarano
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Don't sweat it. It is ALL about what you put into it. I made E2 three times and PFC twice. I got in a good bit of trouble off duty. On duty I kicked butt and it's what saved me from a much worse career outcome. Don't settle for being the best you can be. Be better than all your peers. Be an example. Set the standard higher than everyone else. Pick your friends wisely. Gravitate to the focused, driven individuals. Keep yourself busy, it won't go unnoticed. Move around units and posts. Find a niche at a unit with a great command and excel. Read, read and read. Know your job and the next higher level. Never ever have promotions waiting on you to meet any of the requirements other than time. Be the expert. Be the influence. Be and act with humility and humbleness. THINK before you speak. STAY OFF SOCIAL MEDIA. This is living a life of 'self motivation' at it's best and will serve you well all your life long. Good luck!
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