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Private

Marine Corps Private

E-2 Enlisted Soldier, U.S. Marine Corps
No rank
Marine Corps Private
Marine Corps Private
Marine Corps E-1 Private

Class Enlisted Soldier
Abbr. Pvt
Title Private (last name)
Paygrade E-1 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-1 (NATO Code)
Salary $1467.60/mo

What is a Private?

Private is the entry-level rank in the Marine Corps. Unlike the next paygrade of Private First Class, Marine Corps privates wear no rank insignia. Most enlisted Marines begin service as an E-1 Private in Basic Training, and usually receive a promotion to Private First Class after serving for a specified amount of time.

Because their uniforms have a plain black area instead of a rank insignia, privates in the Marine Corps are often informally referred to as "slick sleeves" or "fuzzies" by more experinced marines.

Private is the 1st rank in the United States Marine Corps, ranking above Private. A private is a Enlisted Soldier at DoD paygrade E-1, with a starting monthly pay of $1467.60.

How do you become a Private?

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

What is the proper way to address a Private?

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

How much does a Private earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Private with no years of experience is $1,467.60 per month. A Private receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

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

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

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

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Airman Basic - Equivalent to Private
Air Force
Airman Basic
Army Private - Equivalent to Private
Army
Private
Coast Guard Seaman Recruit - Equivalent to Private
Coast Guard
Seaman Recruit
Marine Corps Private - Equivalent to Private
Marine Corps
Private
Navy Seaman Recruit - Equivalent to Private
Navy
Seaman Recruit