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Marine Corps First Lieutenant

O-2 Commissioned Officer, U.S. Marine Corps
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Class Commissioned Officer
Abbr. 1stLt
Title Lieutenant (last name)
Paygrade O-2 (DoD Paygrade)
OF-2 (NATO Code)
Salary $3207.30/mo

What is a First Lieutenant?

First Lieutenant is the second junior commissioned officer rank after Second Lieutenant. In the Marine Corps, First Lieutenants lead specialty platoons or serve as executive officer for larger Marine units, such as companies.

Promotion to First Lieutenant is generally automatic for Second Lieutenants who have served for 24 months, and comes with a pay raise and often with a transfer to a higher command position within the Marine Corps. Some officers receiving a promotion to First Lieutenant may receive a further promotion to higher ranks with more leadership responsibility.

First Lieutenant is the 20th rank in the United States Marine Corps, ranking above Second Lieutenant and directly below Captain. A first lieutenant is a Commissioned Officer at DoD paygrade O-2, with a starting monthly pay of $3207.30.

How do you become a First Lieutenant?

A First Lieutenant is most often promoted from Second Lieutenant (2ndLt), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a First Lieutenant?

The correct way to address a First Lieutenant named Mr. Espinoza is "Lieutenant Espinoza", or written as 1stLt Espinoza. In formal situations, a First Lieutenant should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a First Lieutenant earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level First Lieutenant with no years of experience is $3,207.30 per month. A First Lieutenant receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a First Lieutenant's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Marine Corps First Lieutenant may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including education allowance, personal money allowance, and more.

For full details on the Marine Corps' First Lieutenant compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2014 Marine Corps First Lieutenant Pay Chart. A full table of the Marine Corps' current paygrades are available at the Marine Corps Pay Chart.

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force First Lieutenant - Equivalent to First Lieutenant
Air Force
First Lieutenant
Army First Lieutenant - Equivalent to First Lieutenant
Army
First Lieutenant
Coast Guard Lieutenant Junior Grade - Equivalent to First Lieutenant
Coast Guard
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Marine Corps First Lieutenant - Equivalent to First Lieutenant
Marine Corps
First Lieutenant
Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade - Equivalent to First Lieutenant
Navy
Lieutenant Junior Grade