How do Green Beret promotions work?

Can you be promoted ranks while in the Green Berets and become a general after you're out of it?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Yes, you can get promoted while in CMF 18. It is a faster promotion rate. And if you're an officer, it is possible to become a General.

    Monty and Jeeper - it is incorrect to say that enlisted SF Soldiers use the same promotion rules as other enlisted Soldiers. SF Soldiers may be promoted without waiver to E-4 as soon as 12 months without regard to normal TIS and TIG rules. SF Soldiers are also promoted to E-5 immediately upon completion of the Q Course without having to be recommended for the board. Also, those who are already boarded are immediately promoted to E-6 upon completion of the Q Course. Otherwise, they can be boarded and promoted to E-6 without regard to TIS and TIG rules as soon as they get to Group. There are several other advantages for those starting out in MOS 18X. The Q Course is also the equivelant of WLC and BNCOC for NCOES requirements. Also, when you consider that each line company (minus HSC) is run by a SGM instead of 1SG, then you can see it is not that difficult to stay in Group. There are handful of other positions in Group filled by SGMs. And - the USASOC Commander is a 3-star.

    Source(s): AR 600-8-19 Enlisted Promotions and Reductions
  • 1 decade ago

    Nope.

    If your enlisted, then enlisted promotions work the same way as in any other unit at least until you make Sgt Major. Then you will have to have a Sgt Major slot to fill, if none are available in SF, then you go to another unit that needs a Sgt Major.

    If your an officer, you may or may not stay in SF during your career.

    IE: you can move between SF and regular units and then back to SF in the future.

    You can be promoted to 2 star and still be in SF, and there are prior SF officers that have reached 4 stars.

  • 1 decade ago

    Not sure, but I do know you will gain rank way faster then everyone else.

  • 1 decade ago

    it depends on how long you have been in it (that,s it nothing more ,nothing less).

    Source(s): u.s.military retired (army) 1975-2008 33years .
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