I am an E3 or two stripper and I make 1800 a month plus bah and bas. I put on my third stripe at the beginning of march. 2 strips nowadays is Airman 1st Class and the 3 strip is Senior Airman. Then its staff sergeant and you have to test to make that one. I miss testing for it this year by a month. One of the first things I heard when I got to Whiteman was "there is no rank among airmen." so not true SrA were always giving me orders and as a higher A1C I found there was times I had to occasionally tell some of the younger guys what to do. When I was in my shop at one point it was the staff then me rank wise. He would get busy so I knew I had to keep everything else going. One day he pulled me off to the side and told me that he liked how I had stepped up and that he was going to let me take on some more responsibilities and would let me decide who to send where and what not. I wasn't to happy with that but it was a learning experience.