How do you get promoted to the upper echelons of the US Army?

I'm writing a story and a few of the characters are in the military, so I would like to know how to gain the following ranks: Staff Sergeant, Sergeant Major, Second Lieutenant, Brigadier General, and General.

Asked By: - 5/12/2010
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to Staff Sergeant: You enlist in the Army as an E-1. You get out of boot camp and train in your job code. E-2 and E-3 are usually pretty quick. After that, you get promoted based on annual evaluations and proficiency test scores. Typically, if you do a good job, work hard, and keep your nose clean, you'll make E-6... More
Answered By: JR - 5/12/2010
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Well, the only way to get to General is to get promoted FAST. The FASTEST is to come into the Army directly as an officer (2nd Lieutenant.) Also, graduates of West Point (the United States Military Academy at West Point, called "West Point" for short) are more frequently promoted to General than other officers.
Answered By: HDH - 5/12/2010
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