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A Private Second Class is a Enlisted Soldier in the United States Army at DoD paygrade E-2.

The use of the rank of Private Second Class in the United States Army shares a history with the rank of Private, deriving from the mediaeval use of the term "Private Soldiers".

It carries with it the same underwritten belief that privates have nothing but the individual responsibility to execute their assigned duties.

The concept of a private second class derives from the British Army circa it fought a war with the breakaway American colonies. It implied a private who had shown mastery of the basics of discipline and order expected of soldiers in the Army as well as preparation for more advanced responsibilities, albeit at the individual level.

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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.