well let me start off by saying that i am a e-4 14T currently in my 5th year of service. As far as promotions go for 14 series as a whole, would be slow. 14J and 14E pointes tend to be lower than 14T but for the past 4 years points have stayed pretty high(798-600). And for life in Japan right now is horrible. I was one of the first to go over there back in 2006 and things were good but considering that i just returned back in april i can say that things are bad. The marines over there are CONSTANTLY doing stupid shit. And as a result it has affected all military personnel stationed there. The only good thing Japan has goin for itself right now is the cola pay!