Posted on May 18, 2019
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Can I resign as a corporal and be a specialist again? It was my dream to become a corporal because it's not a common rank and it's hard to achieve, but the biggest problem with the rank of Corporal is that you are given the responsibilities of an NCO, but without the pay, respect, etc. I don't think it's to much to ask to treat me as the NCO that I am. Is this possible and what's the process?
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1SG John Furr
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You can always go down in rank, but remember, when you're looking for E5 it will be remembered that you didn't want the "responsibility". This is a chance to make yourself the obvious choice for SGT, but if you don't see it that way it's also a chance to stymie your career.
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CSM Darieus ZaGara
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If you are not being given the respect that goes with the rank, you should speak to the 1SG. If your unit saw the potential, and you are subsequently producing they should give you that respect. Are you earning that respect?

Have you separated yourself from the junior Soldiers, do you disseminate orders and guidance in a manner that earns you the respect of being and NCO? Are you still carrying yourself in the manner for which you were selected to be a Cpl. while I agree. That it can be thankless, it does not have to be. Lateral or not, you are an NCO.

Much like the 1SG, you were selected amongst your peers to lead Soldiers. This indicates that your 1SG has what it takes to lead Soldier over other unit E8’s, and you stringer than the other E4’s. Let the leaders that selected you guide you through this. Thank you for your service.
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That was great advice 1SG. I found that out in Booot. I wish I knew now back then
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SFC Senior Brigade Career Counselor
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The process is to get promoted.
Corporal is definitely a thankless rank. I was one in the National Guard and when it was offered to me on Active Duty I turned it down. In my unit being a corporal meant you were treated like a specialist until there was a detail that required an NCO.

CPL is just a lateral promotion, like a 1SG. It can be bestowed or revoked by the commander at any time.
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SFC Senior Brigade Career Counselor
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SPC (Join to see) I answered his question, plain as day
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SFC (Join to see) I saw that SFC, I wasn’t referring to you. However I do appreciate your answer and value upper leadership such as you.
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It can also be give by da but it's rare
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CPL Joe Briggs
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When I was promoted to Cpl. it was an honor. I went to NCO school and had the backing of all the other NCOS
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