Worn on the collar of the Army Service Uniform shirt, the black all-weather coat, and the windbreaker, our nonsubdued, pin-on PFC chevrons feature anodized 22K gold plating that ensures they will retain their brilliant appearance for as long as you own them. The subdued version has a black finish and is worn centered on the hook-and-loop pads of utility uniforms and the Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) jacket; it may also be centered on the front tab of the ECWCS jacket.

Achieving the rank of Private First Class (pay grade E-3) is a noteworthy milestone for enlisted Soldiers, but just how long it takes to reach it depends on a variety of factors. Enlisted personnel entering at the lowest pay grade of E-1 are typically not eligible for promotion to E-2 until they’ve spent six months time in service (TIS), and a Private E-2 must spend four months time in grade (TIG) and accumulate a total of 12 months in service before being automatically promoted to Private First Class E-3.

A little math work reveals that Soldiers beginning their service careers as E-1s could be eligible for promotion to E-3 in as little as ten months if it weren’t for the TIS mandate. However, the Army provides unit commanders with an allotment of waivers they can use to reduce the TIS and TIG requirements. With a waiver, and E-1 can be promoted to E-2 in two-thirds of the normal TIS (four months instead of six), and an E-2 can be promoted to E-3 with just two months TIG and only a half-year TIS.

About us

As a certified manufacturer of uniforms and insignia, The Salute Uniforms considers it a privilege to provide the members of our nation’s military services with superior-quality apparel and accoutrements. We guarantee that every product we offer is made in the USA and meets or surpasses Mil-Spec standards. Browse our online catalog and discover how our tradition of excellence and commitment to innovation makes us your best source for military uniforms, insignias, medals, and accessories.


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