Private First Class

Private First Class

In many armed forces in the world, Private First Class is a rank held by junior enlisted persons.

United States

In the U.S. Army, Private First Class is the third lowest enlisted rank, just above Private and below Corporal or Specialist in the Army, and is equivalent to NATO Grade OR-3. In the US Marine Corps however it is the second lowest, just under Lance Corporal and just above Private, equivalent to NATO Grade OR-2. Originally, in the Army, no insignia identified holders of this rank, but in 1920 one chevron was established for it; then a rocker was placed below the chevron in 1968 at the same time one chevron was authorized for the lower rank of private, in order to distinguish the latter from the still lower rank of recruit.

Advancement to Private First Class is currently automatic after a minimum of 12 months time in service and 4 months as Private, but may be shortened to 6 months and 2 months, respectively, if given a waiver. Some new recruits may begin their military careers as a Private First Class if they meet certain criteria when they enlist. For example, a recruit may be promoted to this rank upon entering service, if they are able to assist their recruiters in enlisting others, can pass a knowledge test and a PT test prior to leaving for Basic Combat Training (BCT, or 'Boot Camp'), have earned 48 college credits, by serving two years in a JROTC program and are recommended by the senior instructor, or serving 1 year of Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (College ROTC). Also, if a recruit has earned the rank of Sergeant or above in the Young Marines the recruit will automatically rank up to a Private First Class. Lastly, attaining the Boy Scout rank of Eagle, or the Civil Air Patrol rank of cadet second lieutenant also helps with the automatic rank up.


The rank of Private First Class (PFC) in the Singapore Armed Forces lies between the ranks of Private (PTE) and Lance-Corporal (LCP). It is usually held by conscript soldiers midway through their national service term. Privates First Class wear a rank insignia consisting of a single chevron pointing down.

External links

* [ U.S. Army Enlisted Rank Insignia - Criteria, Background, and Images]

ee also

* U.S. Army enlisted rank insignia
* U.S. Marine Corps enlisted rank insignia
* Comparative military ranks

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  • private first class — noun : an enlistee or draftee in the army just below a corporal and above a private or in the marine corps just below a lance corporal and above a private * * * ˌprivate ˌfirst ˈclass 7 [private first class privates first class] noun a soldier of …   Useful english dictionary

  • private first class — pri′vate first′ class′ n. mil a soldier ranking above a private and below a corporal or specialist fourth class in the U.S. Army, and above a private and below a lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps …   From formal English to slang

  • private first class — a soldier ranking above a private and below a corporal or specialist fourth class in the U.S. Army, and above a private and below a lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. [1910 15, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • private first class — noun Date: 1918 an enlisted man ranking in the army above a private and below a corporal and in the marine corps above a private and below a lance corporal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • private first class — military rank after private and before corporal, rank which has one line on the sleeve …   English contemporary dictionary

  • private first class — noun a rank in the US army, above private and below corporal …   English new terms dictionary

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