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Army Private

E-2 Enlisted Soldier, U.S. Army
No rank
Army Private
Army Private
Army 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 (PVT) is the lowest enlisted rank in the United States Army hierarchy, and is the entry-level rank for trainees beginning Basic Combat Training (BCT). Entry-level Privates do not wear any rank insignia, and may be referred to as "recruits", "trainees", or informally as "fuzzies," which is referring to the blank black velcro patch on a PVT's uniform sleeve, that will later hold their rank insignia. The primary responsibility of a Private is to obey the orders of their superior officers to the best of their abilities. A PVT will be automatically promoted to pay grade PV2 after six monthes of service.

Private is the 1st rank in the United States Army, 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. Williams is "Private Williams", or written as PVT Williams. 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 Army Private may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including personal money allowance, clothing allowance, retirement benefits, housing allowance, and more.

For full details on the Army's Private compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2016 Army Private 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 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
Coast Guard Seaman Recruit - Equivalent to Private
Coast Guard
Seaman Recruit
Marine Corps Private - Equivalent to Private
Marine Corps
Navy Seaman Recruit - Equivalent to Private
Seaman Recruit