Army Private First ClassE-3 Enlisted Soldier, U.S. Army
|Title||Private (last name)|
E-3 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-3 (NATO Code)
What is a Private First Class?
Private First Class (PFC) is the third lowest Army rank, directly above Private (PV2). Privates will be automatically promoted to the rank of PFC after one year of service, or possibly earlier at the discretion of their commanding officer. Soldiers entering Basic Training with prior military training, such as JROTC, an Associate's Degree, or the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts are entitled to an automatic promotion to Private First Class on enlistment. The primary role of a PFC is to carry out the orders issued by their commanding officers. Upon attaining the rank of PFC, most soldiers will eventually advance to either the the rank of Specialist or Corporal.
Private First Class is the 3rd rank in the United States Army, ranking above Private and directly below Specialist. A private first class is a Enlisted Soldier at DoD paygrade E-3, with a starting monthly pay of $1729.80.
How do you become a Private First Class?
A Private First Class is most often promoted from Private (PV2), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.
What is the proper way to address a Private First Class?
The correct way to address a Private First Class named Mr. Williams is "Private Williams", or written as PFC Williams. In formal situations, a Private First Class should always be addressed by their full rank.
How much does a Private First Class earn?
Basic pay for an entry-level Private First Class with no years of experience is $1,729.80 per month. A Private First Class receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.
Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Private First Class' final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Army Private First Class 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 First Class compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2016 Army Private First Class 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 First Class is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.