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Army Sergeant First Class

E-7 Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Army
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Army E-7 Sergeant First Class

Class Noncommissioned Officer
Abbr. SFC
Title Sergeant (last name)
Paygrade E-7 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-7 (NATO Code)
Salary $2637.30/mo

What is a Sergeant First Class?

A Sergeant First Class (SFC) is the first senior non-commissioned officer, and is most commonly assigned the role of Platoon Sergeant to serve as chief advisor and assistant to the Platoon Leader. An SFC usually has 15-18 years of Army experience, and may be in command of as many as 40 soldiers in a rifle platoon or 18 soldiers and 4 tanks in an armor platoon.

Sergeant First Class is the 8th rank in the United States Army, ranking above Staff Sergeant and directly below Master Sergeant. A sergeant first class is a Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-7, with a starting monthly pay of $2637.30.

How do you become a Sergeant First Class?

A Sergeant First Class is most often promoted from Staff Sergeant (SSG), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Sergeant First Class?

The correct way to address a Sergeant First Class named Mr. Williams is "Sergeant Williams", or written as SFC Williams. In formal situations, a Sergeant First Class should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Sergeant First Class earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Sergeant First Class with no years of experience is $2,637.30 per month. A Sergeant First Class receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

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

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

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Master Sergeant - Equivalent to Sergeant First Class
Air Force
Master Sergeant
Army Sergeant First Class - Equivalent to Sergeant First Class
Army
Sergeant First Class
Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer - Equivalent to Sergeant First Class
Coast Guard
Chief Petty Officer
Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant - Equivalent to Sergeant First Class
Marine Corps
Gunnery Sergeant
Navy Chief Petty Officer - Equivalent to Sergeant First Class
Navy
Chief Petty Officer