Sergeant E5 Duties


An E5 Sergeant (Sgt.) can be found in multiple branches of the military. Depending on the military branch, he may be junior rank or second in command. Being promoted to an E5 Sergeant may require specific training, length of time and specific military branch.The duties of an E5 Sergeant will vary based on job. Also, the pay grade is increased when moving up to an E5.


  • In the army there are a limited number of positions available when being promoted from an E4 to an E5. As higher ranks retire or get promoted, openings tend to trickle down. In infantry, the Sgt. can lead a fire team, which consists of four individuals. An E5 may also be responsible for leading the privates or those in rank below E5. The Sergeant may be responsible for the training, appearance and overall cleanliness of the soldiers.

Air Force

  • The E5 position in the Air Force is a staff sergeant. She is the first level of a non-commissioned officer. The E5 level is considered a craftsman after a period of on-the-job training and taking any career-development courses within it. Ranking up to an E5 usually requires approximately 3 years of time in service (TIS) and six months of time in grade. For example, time in service is a time you've been in the military whereas time in grade means the time you have actually had your particular grade like an E4.

Navy-Marine Corps

  • An E5 Marine Corps sergeant is responsible for the Marines under him. Appearance is important in the Marines, and the E5 must ensure each Marine he is responsible for must maintain a specific appearance at all times. Any weapons, ammunition and other supplies must be recorded and tracked by the Sergeant.


  • Depending on the military branch, your appearance, confidence, the way you speak, and also your knowledge of current events are all methods of getting promotional points to move up to E5 rank. Your duty performance, which is evaluated by your unit commander, physical fitness, any awards and weapons training are all factors in moving up in rank.

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