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Asked • 05/22/19

Average ages of US Army officers at the turn of the 20th century?

What would be the average rate of promotion for US Army officers beginning their career in the mid 1890's as a 2nd Lieutenant? By what age could they expect to be promoted to each successive rank? From looking at Pershing's career it seems that promotions were few and far between. He didn't make the permanent rank of Captain until he was 41. But Patton starting 23 years later made Captain by the age of 32 (helped along by the start of WWI?). What would someone starting their career between them expect for promotion? What was the career arc of an Army officer at that time?

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