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Marine Corps Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps

E-9 Staff Noncommissioned Officer (Special), U.S. Marine Corps
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Marine Corps Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps
Marine Corps E-9 Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps

Class Staff Noncommissioned Officer (Special)
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 Of The Marine Corps?

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is a unique rank in the USMC held by one Marine alone, who serves as a senior enlisted advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps and a representative for the enlisted members of the Marines. The post is considered equivalent in authority to that of a three-star General Officer.

The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps advises the Commandant in all matters relevent to the enlisted men and women he represents, and helps to make the concerns of the enlisted Marines heard by top military officials. In addition to his advisory duties, the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps spends time touring military installations and meeting Marines around the world.

The rank Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps was implemented in its current form in 1957 by the Commandant of the Marine Corps. The Commandant appoints a Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps from the ranks of qualifying Sergeant Majors upon assuming his office, and both serve a term of four years. The Marines were first branch of the military to implement a special enlisted advisory rank, and in the following decades all of the other branches of the U.S. military followed suit.

The current Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is Sergeant Major Micheal P. Barrett, a decorated Marine who has served since 1981. He assumed his position in June 2011, and will serve until 2015.

Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps is the 13th rank in the United States Marine Corps, ranking above Sergeant Major and directly below Warrant Officer 1. A sergeant major of the marine corps is a Staff Noncommissioned Officer (Special) at DoD paygrade E-9, with a starting monthly pay of $4634.70.

How do you become a Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps?

A Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps is most often promoted from Sergeant Major (SgtMa), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps?

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

How much does a Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps earn?

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

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps' final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Marine Corps Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps 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' Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2014 Marine Corps Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps Pay Chart. A full table of the Marine Corps' current paygrades are available at the Marine Corps Pay Chart.

The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

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