Posted By Garrettribble99 on 06 Mar 2017 10:20 PM
So either way you'll end up with a 6 year contract. I'm changing it for that reason and I'll come out of boot an E-3. My recruiter tried to talk me into staying with the 4 year. Maybe because of the paperwork.
You actually go into basic as an E3 with the six year enlistment. The date of grade starts the day you ship/swear-in. This means if you go to a critical rating school or a short wait rating you'll likely graduate as an E4 since you'll knock out 2 of the 6 months needed in time-in-grade for advancement from E3 to E4 while in basic.
You're also making several hundreds of dollars more a month in basic pay than an E1 enlistment/E2 graduate over those first 8 months in service AND you're above the E2s on the A school lists. For those making this a career, it is a no brain-er to take the 6 year/E3 option.