Military rank compared to civilian

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Military rank compared to civilian
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Since the Department of Defense (DoD) began seeking the ability to laterally transfer some civilians to the military, and vice versa, military pay scales and civilian DoD employee pay scales have undergone a phased integration, making comparisons possible.

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In 2010, the cost-of-living raise was 2 per cent for civilians and 3.4 per cent for the military. Matching the raise percentages is part of the DoD pay scale integration.


Pay for both categories is graduated into five levels, according to the Geneva Convention: Enlisted, non-commissioned officer (NCO), company grade officer, field grade officer and general officer. Enlisted E-1 to E-4 is the equivalent of GS-1 to GS-4. NCO is E-5 to E-9 in the militar, GS-5 and GS-6 for civilian employees; O-1 to O-3 are company grade military officers, and the civilian equivalent is GS-7 to GS-11. Field grade includes O-4 to O-6, and GS-12 to GS- 15. Generals and Admirals -- O-7 through O-10 -- are matched by the senior executive service -- one grade.


Ranges, according to the 2010 Department of Finance and Accounting for the Department of Defense, for enlisted are £940 to £1,490 a month, depending on time in service. The NCO range is from £1,339 to £3,322. Company grade officers range from £1,743 to £4,130. Field grades span £2,705 to £5,638. General officers start at £5,075 and top out at £7,878.

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