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Army Major

O-4 Field Officer, U.S. Army
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Army O-4 Major

Class Field Officer
Abbr. MAJ
Title Major (last name)
Paygrade O-4 (DoD Paygrade)
OF-4 (NATO Code)
Salary $4221.90/mo

What is a Major?

Major is the first field officer rank in the United States Army, ranked above Captain but below Lieutenant Colonel. Majors usually serve as specialized executive or operations officers for battallion-sized unit of 300 to 1,200 soldiers, but they may also be found leading specialized companies, such as Service Support and Special Operations units, or serving as staff officers in high-level command posts.

Most Majors attend the Command and General Staff School in Kansas for a ten-month course before beginning their commission.

Major is the 22nd rank in the United States Army, ranking above Captain and directly below Lieutenant Colonel. A major is a Field Officer at DoD paygrade O-4, with a starting monthly pay of $4221.90.

How do you become a Major?

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

What is the proper way to address a Major?

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

How much does a Major earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Major with no years of experience is $4,221.90 per month. A Major receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

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

For full details on the Army's Major compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2016 Army Major 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 Major is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Major - Equivalent to Major
Air Force
Army Major - Equivalent to Major
Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander - Equivalent to Major
Coast Guard
Lieutenant Commander
Marine Corps Major - Equivalent to Major
Marine Corps
Navy Lieutenant Commander - Equivalent to Major
Lieutenant Commander