Time in Rank needed for promotions

JRouslton

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If this is in the wrong spot, and/or been discussed before, I ask forgiveness. My searches have been fruitless.

I am doing some research for a novel I am writing, and I would like to have a reasonable timeline for the characters.

How long would it take someone who graduated RMC for Civil Engineering to become a Major?
What is the minimum time in rank needed for promotion for each level?

Thank you in advance.
 

Navy_Pete

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What trade?

Capt would be an automatic promotion based on getting the trade quals and meeting min time in rank.

Major and up are merit based promotions where you are judged against your peers, and the number of open spots go to the top # of people on the merit list for that year. Some trades have very limited openings so you need retirements for promotions, others have not enough people for the demands so it's a lot faster.

Could be anywhere from relatively quickly to never (see the acronym CFL; Captain for life). Depends how long your training is, if there are delays between courses, etc. Somewhere in the 7-10 years after graduation is probably reasonable, but could easily be longer.
 

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JRouslton said:
Engineering Officer was the trade I was thinking for the character.

There are multiple types of engineering officers: 

Navy:  Combat Systems or Marine Systems
Army:  Combat Engineering
RCAF:  Aerospace Engineering, Construction Engineering

Others too I'm sure.  Most (if not all) would take someone with a Civil Eng background.
 

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It depends if he/she/they/them/shim is a diver or a hockey player or not.
 
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