No you automatically become a E-4 when you graduate Ranger School regardless of TIS or TIG requirements though he would be lat promoted to Corporal. I already touched on part of the stigma above. 1. Import NCOs were not Privates and did not go through the hardships of being a Private. This is a selection in itself, so they basically cheated the system. If everybody goes to Ranger School as part of the pipeline than nobody was a Private. 2. Import NCOs take up a leadership slot and often don't know what they are doing. It's a steep learning curve. If a E-5 can come to Battalion and just be a Joe than he can be mentored like how Privates use to be. Under this system E-4 and E-5s could just be shooters while a senior E-5 would be a BTL and your ATL would be a E-6. I think they actually wanted E-8 PSGs and such as well, but didn't want to fight the DA on promoting guys that didn't have PSG time ie E-7s would only have SL time. It would effectively destroy the stigma imports have, have more mature, better payed soldiers, and more experience leaders at every level. I really can't see why anybody would not see this as a good thing.