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Marine Corps Sergeant Major

E-9 Staff Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Marine Corps
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Marine Corps Sergeant Major
Marine Corps Sergeant Major
Marine Corps E-9 Sergeant Major

Class Staff Noncommissioned Officer
Abbr. SgtMa
Title Sergeant Major (last name)
Paygrade E-9 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-9 (NATO Code)
Salary $4634.70/mo

What is a Sergeant Major?

Sergeant Major is the highest enlisted rank in the Marine Corps, and is equivalent in paygrade (but not in responsibility) to Master Gunnery Sergeant.

A Sergeant Major serves as the billeted senior enlisted advisor for the Marine Corps' largest units, including battalions and squadrons. As the senior enlisted member of their unit, Sergeant Majors serve as a bridge between the enlisted Marines and their commanders and assist in unit logistics, drilling, and disciplinary actions among their Marines.

Sergeant Major is the highest enlisted rank available to non-commissioned officers following the command career path. Most Sergeant Majors are promoted from the ranks of qualifying First Sergeants, who serve a similar purpose in smaller units such as companies and platoons.

Sergeant Major is the 12th rank in the United States Marine Corps, ranking above Master Gunnery Sergeant and directly below Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps. A sergeant major is a Staff Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-9, with a starting monthly pay of $4634.70.

How do you become a Sergeant Major?

A Sergeant Major is most often promoted from Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGySg), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Sergeant Major?

The correct way to address a Sergeant Major named Mr. Miller is "Sergeant Major Miller", or written as SgtMa Miller. In formal situations, a Sergeant Major should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Sergeant Major earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Sergeant Major with ten years of experience is $4,634.70 per month. A Sergeant Major receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

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

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

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