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Marine Corps Corporal

E-4 Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Marine Corps
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Marine Corps E-4 Corporal

Class Noncommissioned Officer
Abbr. Cpl
Title Corporal (last name)
Paygrade E-4 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-4 (NATO Code)
Salary $1916.10/mo

What is a Corporal?

A Corporal in the Marine Corps is a junior noncommissioned officer, and is equivalent in rank to the Army's junior NCO ranks of Corporal and Specialist. Corporals usually command small contingents of Marines in combat and operations, including four-man fireteams (which may also be lead by a Lance Corporal) or eight-man squads comprising of two fireteams.

The Marine Corps specializes in small-unit operations, and as a result Corporals hold a significant amount of authority and resposibility in contrast to the lighter duties of Lance Corporals and Privates. Because of the responsibilities delegated to squad and fireteam leaders, promotion to Corporal is seen as a very significant accomplishment for an enlisted Marine.

Promotion to Corporal is awarded on a rolling basis to experienced soldiers who achieve a qualifying composite or cutting score in a variety of assessments.

Corporal is the 4th rank in the United States Marine Corps, ranking above Lance Corporal and directly below Sergeant. A corporal is a Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-4, with a starting monthly pay of $1916.10.

How do you become a Corporal?

A Corporal is most often promoted from Lance Corporal (LCpl), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Corporal?

The correct way to address a Corporal named Mr. Gutierrez is "Corporal Gutierrez", or written as Cpl Gutierrez. In formal situations, a Corporal should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Corporal earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Corporal with no years of experience is $1,916.10 per month. A Corporal receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Corporal's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Marine Corps Corporal may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including housing allowance, education allowance, food allowance, retirement benefits, and more.

For full details on the Marine Corps' Corporal compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2014 Marine Corps Corporal Pay Chart. A full table of the Marine Corps' current paygrades are available at the Marine Corps Pay Chart.

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Senior Airman - Equivalent to Corporal
Air Force
Senior Airman
Army Specialist - Equivalent to Corporal
Army
Specialist
Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class - Equivalent to Corporal
Coast Guard
Petty Officer Third Class
Marine Corps Corporal - Equivalent to Corporal
Marine Corps
Corporal
Navy Petty Officer Third Class - Equivalent to Corporal
Navy
Petty Officer Third Class