Posted on Apr 25, 2017
SSG Tank Commander
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In short, I have been holding an E-5 slot since January, and was laterally promoted from Specialist to Corporal while awaiting BLC in September. My unit will not be performing a Class A inspection until December, nor do I think I'll need my Class A's until then. Should I update the rank to CPL or leave it until after BLC and the official promotion?
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SSG Battalion Intelligence (S2)
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You're no longer a SPC. You should wear your current rank. It would be embarrassing to have to wear SPC as a CPL if you need that uniform. ASUs are not only worn at inspections. You never know what may come up. If the unit saw fit to make you an NCO, own it.
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SPC Infantryman
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don't worry sell your specialist crap to some PFC to recoup some of your losses.
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SGT Bryan O'Reilly
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More important. You are now an NCO, every decision you make will be used to measure your ability to lead your team and to learn and to soldier. So, if you are going to make a career of it every decision you make should reflect your commitment and further your career. So, square away your greens, Cpl. And congratulations, brother!
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CPL Joseph Hutchinson
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YES! You should ALWAY have your uniform 100% correct at all times.
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SFC Supervisor
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You earned it! Now wear it with pride, and welcome to the NCO corps!
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Update it.
There are more changes than just rank. You need shoulder boards, different pants...
There aren't too many things more embarrassing for a brand new NCO than getting caught out of uniform. People will be watching and as we all know, surprises happen.

As far as cost goes, the most expensive item is the pants, but you'll need them when you pin on SGT anyway.
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MSgt Steven Holt, NRP
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If I only had a nickel for every time someone said "Oh, I don't need my service dress uniform for months so I'm not putting my new rank on...." and then got caught in a very awkward situation of not having a uniform ready to go....
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Cpl Charles Trump
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Like oops a CO lover inspection oops! IG inspection, opps!
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