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Army Specialist

E-4 Enlisted Soldier, U.S. Army
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Army Specialist
Army E-4 Specialist

Class Enlisted Soldier
Abbr. SPC
Title Specialist (last name)
Paygrade E-4 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-4 (NATO Code)
Salary $1916.10/mo

What is a Specialist?

Specialist is a junior enlisted rank in the United States Army, equivalent in salary to a Corporal. Specialists have basic management duties and may command soldiers of lower rank, although most leadership duties at this pay grade are the responsibility of Corporals.

Specialist is the most common rank advancement available to a Private First Class, and becomes available after two years of service and upon completion of a leadership and officer candidate training course. Recruits who enlist in the Army with a four-year Bachelor's Degree, or desired civilian skills and experiences, may be entitled to enter the Army as a Specialist.

Specialist is the 4th rank in the United States Army, ranking above Private First Class and directly below Corporal. A specialist is a Enlisted Soldier at DoD paygrade E-4, with a starting monthly pay of $1916.10.

How do you become a Specialist?

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

What is the proper way to address a Specialist?

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

How much does a Specialist earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Specialist with no years of experience is $1,916.10 per month. A Specialist receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

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

For full details on the Army's Specialist compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2014 Army Specialist 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 Specialist is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Senior Airman - Equivalent to Specialist
Air Force
Senior Airman
Army Specialist - Equivalent to Specialist
Army
Specialist
Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class - Equivalent to Specialist
Coast Guard
Petty Officer Third Class
Marine Corps Corporal - Equivalent to Specialist
Marine Corps
Corporal
Navy Petty Officer Third Class - Equivalent to Specialist
Navy
Petty Officer Third Class