March 10th, 2007

Snape by mysterious artist

Getting your commission.

I ran across this in a John Sheppard fanfic and asked the writer: "So... what's involved, exactly, in getting one's commission?" You hear about it all the time, but I had no clear idea.

Unfortunately, she didn't know either.

Fortunately, there's military_beta.

What has one accomplished, exactly, when one gets one's commission? What rank have you achieved (I'm assuming this is some rank of officer)? What's involved in that recognition? Just the rank and a pat on the back, or is there some ceremony? What does it mean for an Air Force pilot?

Thank you!
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Dean Smiles

Rank question

I'm working on a story that involves a a man in the US military. Does anyone know around what rank in the army a person would be if he was a model soldier but wasn't the type to really excel or anything? He's not outstanding in the field or anything, but he's very much by the book and his heart is in his job. I just have no clue around what rank a person would be like that. He's 34.

And also how does school and military work together? Does one do both at the same time? I'd like for him to have BA or BS in something, but I don't know how that works. If he were to enlist at age 18, would he still be able to go to school and then become an officer? I hate to sound like an idiot, but I really don't know much about the military.

So if you could help, in any way, I'd appreciate it. It will help focus me in my research. Thanks :)