If You're Thinking About Joining the Military, JROTC = HIGHER RANK AND MORE MONEY! (Check with your military recruiter for specific details)
Army Advanced Enlisted Rank Policy
When you enter the Army as a new enlisted recruit, you typically are given the rank of private, or paygrade E-1. This is the lowest rank in the service.
However, those with several different types of credentials can enter at a higher level: private second class (paygrade of E-2), private first class (paygrade E-3), or specialist (paygrade E-4).
To join the Army as a private second class, you need one or two years of JROTC experience or 24 credits from an accredited college or university. It's also possible to join as a private second class if you earned Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts or the Gold Award in Girl Scouts, or if you completed the National Defense Cadet Corps program.
To join as a private first class, you need either: three years of JROTC; one year of Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (SROTC); or 48 or more college credits.
To join as a specialist, you must have a four-year degree at an accredited college or university.
Navy Advanced Enlisted Rank Policy
Recruits normally enter the Navy at the rank of seaman recruit, with paygrade E-1. Requirements to enter at higher paygrades and ranks are similar to those for the Army.
To enter at the rank of seaman apprentice (paygrade E-2), you must have completed 24 credits at an accredited college or university.Alternatively, you must have completed two years of JROTC or reached paygrade E-2 in the Navy Sea Cadet Corps program.
To enter at the rank of seaman (paygrade E-3), you must have completed 48 or more college credits, reached paygrade E-3 in the Navy Sea Cadet Corps program, completed three years in JROTC, or achieved Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold.
Air Force Advanced Enlisted Rank Policy
In the Air Force, recruits normally enter at the rank of airman basic, with paygrade E-1. Again, requirements to enter at higher ranks and paygrades are similar to those for the other armed services.
If you have two years of JROTC training, you can enter at the rank of airman (paygrade E-2). You also can enter at this level if you have 20 credits from an accredited college or university, or if you have achieved Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold.
To enter at the rank of airman first class (paygrade E-3), you must have completed 45 college credits or three years of JROTC training. In addition, several awards, including the General Billy Mitchell Award, Amelia Earhart Award, and the General Carl A. Spaatz Award will qualify you to enter at the level of airman first class.
Marine Corps Advanced Enlisted Rank Policy
In the Marines, recruits normally enter the service at the rank of private.
Unlike the other services, the Marines don't offer the opportunity to enter at any paygrade higher than E-2.
Those who enter at E-2, with a rank of private first class, must have completed two years of JROTC or ROTC, have completed 12 credits of college classes (with a minimum grade point average of 2.3 or higher on a 4-point scale), have achieved Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold, or have achieved the grade of E-3 or spent 24 months in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.