Army SPC wins Olympic Gold
Source: U.S. Army News Service
Soldier wins Gold, sets new Olympic record
Aug 11, 2008
BEIJING (Army News Service, Aug. 12, 2008) — Spc. Glenn Eller won the Gold Medal in double trap shooting Tuesday, setting an Olympic record with a total score of 190.
Eller’s teammate, Spc. Jeff Holguin, finished fourth. Both Soldiers are members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit based at Fort Benning, Ga.
Way to go! What a great way to start an army career. A Specialist (SPC) is one rank below a Sergeant (SGT).
The Rank of Specialist is awarded after a minimum of two years in the army. Recruits (like me) can come in as a Specialist if we have a college degree.
Specialists are not non-commissioned officers(Corporals and above). However they can hold an NCO position, doing work above their rank/grade. A Specialist can be lateraly appointed to Corporal (CPL). That makes him or her a NCO.
I suspect that Spc. Glenn Eller will pin on Sergeant’s stripes soon.
p.s. rank vs. grade is another post 🙂