Originally Posted by |Zach|
Is Career Status also a matter of time in? Or rank...or some combo of those?
Actually reading that again it might not be anything official at all?
My memory is that after 6 years you are eligible for promotion to Major. At that time you're either offered career status or you're not. I think you're allowed to hang around if you don't get offered career status at that time and you're told what you need to do to get on 'career track'.
Some folks are offered career status without the commensurate upgrade to Major, IIRC.
It's a combination of service time and merit, but it's mostly just service time (you have to be quite the ****up to not get offered career status).
Then again, everything I know is what I learned from my buddy and then while I was researching JAG track and that's all officer stuff. The rules may be different for enlisteds.