Army PrivateE-2 Enlisted Soldier, U.S. Army
|Title||Private (last name)|
E-1 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-1 (NATO Code)
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.
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.