The lowest rank in the Marine Corps is private, which is commonly abbreviated as "PVT" and has a pay grade of E-1. The rank of private is part of the junior enlisted ranks.
The United States Marine Corps comprises one of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Enlisted personnel are divided into three levels: junior enlisted, non-commissioned officers and staff non-commissioned officers. The junior enlisted positions include pay grades E-1 through E-3. The "E" designation stands for enlisted, while the number denotes the pay grade for a specific rank.
Marines earn the position of private by passing military boot camp. A private's primary duty is to follow orders from commanding officers. Within a six-month period, a private may be promoted to the rank of private first class.