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A Sergeant is a soldier in the United States Army. Soldiers holding the rank of Sergeant serve as squad leaders, groups of eight to fourteen soldiers.

Occasionally, Sergeants are given command of teams, one unit size smaller than squads, when there exists an excess of non-commissioned officers (NCO's) in rank of Sergeant or above.

That said, according the US Army's Modification Table of Organization and Equipment (MTO&E), Sergeants are supposed to serve as team leaders, while the next highest rank, that of Staff Sergeant, is supposed to serve as squad leaders.

However, given the number of sergeants serving the in the Army and the rate at which promotion works, it has become accepted practice for a Sergeant to serve as a squad leader more often than a team leader.

Sergeants are responsible for the daily caretaking, training, equipping, physical appearance and fitness, and well-being of the soldiers assigned under them. They also stand responsible for the personal lives of their soldiers and charged with making sure they are in order or helping them to become so when problems are identified.

Cited Sources:
U.S. Army Ranks List - Lowest to Highest. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.federalpay.org/military/army/ranks
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Best part of holding this rank

The best part of holding this rank? Having the authoritative power entrusted in you, to train and develop junior enlisted Soldiers into leaders themselves.
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Worst part of holding this rank

Knowing that if you l make the wrong decisions, you could get people hurt or killed. You're responsible for every success and failure of those you are appointed over.
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Advice on how to be selected for this rank

What advice can you share on being selected for this rank?

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