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E-3 Enlisted Soldier, U.S. Army
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A Private First Class is a Enlisted Soldier in the United States Army at DoD paygrade E-3.

As with the rank of Private Second Class, Private First Class shares a history with the rank of Private, deriving from the mediaeval use of the term "Private Soldiers".

The concept of Private First Class came about in the middle 1800's as the US Army expanded and recognized the need for differentiating the capabilities of military workforce, those responsible for individual tasks and duties. The Secretary of War further delineated the rank of Private First Class and its duties and responsibilities in 1919 and it has held in this capacity since then.

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History of the Army

The Army is the oldest and most senior among the branches. The Army's heritage is traced back to the Revolutionary War, when each State of the Union had its own Army, lended to the command of General George Washington. Almost 250 years have passed, but the organizational structure and naming is largely the same. The Army is still divided into Divisions, Brigades, Regiments, Battalions, Companies, and Platoons.