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Army Colonel

O-6 Field Officer, U.S. Army
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Army Colonel
Army O-6 Colonel

Class Field Officer
Abbr. COL
Title Colonel (last name)
Paygrade O-6 (DoD Paygrade)
OF-5 (NATO Code)
Salary $5869.50/mo

What is a Colonel?

Colonel is the senior field-officer grade commissioned officer rank, directly above Lieutenant Colonel and below Brigadier General. Colonels typically command a brigade-sized unit consisting of 3,000 to 5,000 soldiers, with the assistance of several junior commissioned officers and a Command Sergeant Major as a primary non-commissioned officer advisor. Colonels may also be responsible for leading division-level special agencies.

Almost all Army Colonels receive special training at the Army War College in Pennsylvania, which graduates over 200 Army officers a year. Colonel is the final "stepping stone" rank before the General Officer ranks, and Colonels showing exceptional skill and leadership are often promoted to Brigadier General.

Colonel is the 24th rank in the United States Army, ranking above Lieutenant Colonel and directly below Brigadier General. A colonel is a Field Officer at DoD paygrade O-6, with a starting monthly pay of $5869.50.

What is the proper way to address a Colonel?

The correct way to address a Colonel named Mr. Jones is "Colonel Jones", or written as COL Jones. In formal situations, a Colonel should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Colonel earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Colonel with no years of experience is $5,869.50 per month. A Colonel receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Colonel's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Army Colonel may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including housing allowance, retirement benefits, personal money allowance, clothing allowance, and more.

For full details on the Army's Colonel compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2014 Army Colonel Pay Chart. A full table of the Army's current paygrades are available at the Army Pay Chart.

The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Colonel is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Colonel - Equivalent to Colonel
Air Force
Colonel
Army Colonel - Equivalent to Colonel
Army
Colonel
Coast Guard Captain - Equivalent to Colonel
Coast Guard
Captain
Marine Corps Colonel - Equivalent to Colonel
Marine Corps
Colonel
Navy Captain - Equivalent to Colonel
Navy
Captain