Ok, so I have just recently joined the Army National Guard. I am curious to know if there are any secrets to moving up quickly in rank with the Guard. I know a lot of Guard members who have been in for 7+ years and are only sitting at E5. This makes me think that it is hard to move up. I have yet to go to basic and I am starting out at the very bottom of the poll as an E-nothing,lol. Ive been around the full time Army for years and I know it is fairly easy to move up there. I have a few friends at the age of 22 and 23 who have already made E5 with only 2-3 years behind them. Is that possible with the Guard as well?