I went from PVT to SGT in the same Btry, same Section. Yes it was a challenge, but one I would not change. I learned, and had to deal with difficult situations immediately. Your friends will support you, your buddies will make them selves known right away. To this day I'm still in contact with my friends from that time.
You can request all you want. That and a token will get you on the subway. I was promoted to E-5 in the same unit I was an E-4 in. There was an adjustment period for me and my Soldiers, but other than that I never had any issues with it. Be professional and adapt to the new role and you will be fine.
SPC (Join to see) Why do you want to leave? You can if you want, but why? Some units I have been in, made that SOP. But, I don't see a need. I went from E-1 to E-5(P) in the same unit and all was OK. Not always easy, but OK. It was probably better, as I had to learn to deal with Soldiers who were my buddies, and now were in my section, team, squad... It was very good experience. Why do you want to pop smoke?
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