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E-8 Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Army
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Army E-8 First Sergeant

Class Noncommissioned Officer
Abbr. 1SG
Title First Sergeant (last name)
Paygrade E-8 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-8 (NATO Code)
Salary $3794.10/mo

What is a First Sergeant?

A First Sergeant is the principal non-commissioned officer of a company of 62-190 soldiers. A First Sergeant serves as the senior enlisted member of their company, and answers to the Company Commander and commissioned officers. In addition to leadership duties, the First Sergeant will help train soldiers, sergeants, and officers within his company.

First Sergeant is the 10th rank in the United States Army, ranking above Master Sergeant and directly below Sergeant Major. A first sergeant is a Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-8, with a starting monthly pay of $3794.10.

How do you become a First Sergeant?

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

What is the proper way to address a First Sergeant?

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

How much does a First Sergeant earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level First Sergeant with eight years of experience is $3,794.10 per month. A First Sergeant receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a First Sergeant's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Army First Sergeant 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 First Sergeant compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2016 Army First Sergeant 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 First Sergeant is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

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