Re: Eagle Scouts and the Army
Mike Walton (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Tue, 1 Apr 1997 12:34:44 -0500
>Is it true if you are an Eagle Scout and join the Army, when you
>get out of boot camp you are a grade 2 instead of grade 1? I know
>an Eagle Scout that was told by a recuiter that beacuse he was an
>Eagle he was moved up one rank for that.
Check out EagleTip 1, Barry....here's a part of it:
"ALL of the Armed services as well as the Department of
Transportation's Coast Guard, have current regulations which apply
to the special achievement of the Eagle Scout (NOTE: these same
regulations also apply to holders of the Girl Scout Gold Award and
the previous First Class Girl Scout Award)". Each service acts
upon those regulations when the Scout presents his Eagle Scout card
at the time of enlistment. A code is entered, a photocopy of the
certificate is made for the military record, and the person is
advanced from the "basic" grade (E-1) to E-3 when successfully
completed basic combat training, basic airman's training, or the
equal in the Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard.
During the period of the basic training, these same Eagle Scouts
may serve as "Acting Sergeants", "Acting Petty Officer" or as
"cadet", to signify their special leadership skilled learned and
applied during the training period. Many of these Eagle Scouts
become Honor Graduates of their basic training course, which
entitles them to additional "credit" toward the next pay grade. The
pay is "automatic", as it is written into the enlistment contract
but is NOT "retroactive"...the Scout MUST show his status as an
Eagle Scout DURING the enlistment process...NOT after he's signed
The Army's policy is found in Chapter 2, AR 135-200.
Another reason to insure that you ALWAYS have your Eagle Scout card
on your person!"
(this is the way I enlisted into the Kentucky Army National Guard
and the Army Reserve...I entered at E-3 after "basic"; during
"basic", I was an E-2).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City