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I'm just confused here. How does a SSG have 6 service stripes, that would mean he has been in for 18 plus years since each stripe represents 3 years of service. Any ideas?

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PFC O'Hara
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This is just a dumb question. Seems like your trying to ruffle some feathers. Guy has 18 years in the Army. Most NCOs retire as a SSG. Nothing wrong with that. And to everyone saying he's gotten and article 15 or he's a POS. You're really going to start talking about another NCO like that to a PFC. I see exactly where the military has gone. This kid asked a simple question and people start insinuating the worst possible thing. Get over yourselves and help the PFC out he is obviously green and had a question.
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TSgt Robert Hayes - Good answer. I remember the short time I was in the Army Reserves rank promotions were slow. Even after graduating from BCT and AIT, I still had to wait for the E2 promotion which made no sense since I heard back then (1978) it was automatic after graduation. I guess not if Reserves. I switched over less than a year later to active duty because I wanted some action not boredom.
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SSG Ryan Molton
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Not sure what his MOS was but if you retire as an E-6 11b you’ve done something wrong.
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MCPO John Malone
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Several years in the Marines or Navy, then join the Army at a reduced paygrade. The previous years count for service stripes. Or split time in the Reserves.
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I agree with MCPO Malone, my first thought was prior service. Being from the USCG side, we have lots and lots and lots of prior service members! 99% come into our service as an E3.
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CSM Richard StCyr
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Or the poor guy is in one of those MOS that promotions are sloooooooow. Dude has a butt load of overseas bars so he wasn't dodging deployments.
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PO3 Kevin DeLong
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That happens a lot. A guy can make E-7 easy. E-8 and e-9 not so much. I know a guy who was held at E-7 for 5 years for simply telling an officer that the Notre Dame football team sucks. The officer was a second string football player at ND. He did not know that.
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SGT Rick Bell
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I had a cousin with a slow promotion MOS. It took 8 years to go from E-5 to E-6. Poor guy had over 930 promotion points before he got it. Luckily he made E-7 quickly after that. Sometimes it's all a matter of timing or politics. Either can make you or break you!
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SSG Bob Teachout
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Or could be he had a break in service - I got out as a E-4P - came back in as a PFC.
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SP6 Dave Demorrow
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try being in a field that had 3 MOS in a row get canceled.... no promotions,,, then after that you didn't make 7 in time so you were below the zone... also ADA (shorad) didn't promote white soldiers to 7 for over 6 years in the early 90s, I was forced to go to over 20 promotion parties.... not a single one was to a white E-7 (14R/P)...
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SSG Kevin McCulley
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Wouldn't you rather debate these COMBAT stripes?
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CSM John Mead
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I can't imagine anyone going through both ground and tower weeks and then making two jumps, quit. Unfathomable. It was all downhill from there. Oh well, better at the school house, then in a unit. It would have been truly rough then.
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SPC Brian Stephens
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Lol. Bergdahl. . . That's today's Army. In my day, you had to graduate from PLDC and pass a promotion board to get your E-5. Now, it's just time in service.
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TSgt (Join to see) Valor. lol. Automatic time and ranked based award system. The army fakes its own valor with this shit system (less talking about stripes and more medals)
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Dont even get me started! Lol
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