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Marine Corps Colonel

O-6 Field Officer, U.S. Marine Corps
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Marine Corps O-6 Colonel

Class Field Officer
Abbr. Col
Title Colonel (last name)
Paygrade O-6 (DoD Paygrade)
OF-6 (NATO Code)
Salary $5869.50/mo

What is a Colonel?

Colonel is the senior field-officer grade commissioned officer rank, directly above Lieutenant Colonel and below Brigadier General. Colonels typically command Marine Corps regiment consisting of three to five battalions, with the assistance of several junior commissioned officers and a Command Sergeant Major as a primary non-commissioned officer advisor. Colonels may also be responsible for leading division-level special agencies.

In the Marine Corps, officers generally reach the rank of Colonel after 16 to 18 years of service.Most Marine Corps Colonels receive special training at the Army War College in Pennsylvania or the Marine Corps War College in Virginia, which graduate several hundred Marine Corps officers a year. Colonel is the final "stepping stone" rank before the General Officer ranks, and Colonels showing exceptional skill and leadership may be promoted to Brigadier General.

Colonel is the 24th rank in the United States Marine Corps, ranking above Lieutenant Colonel and directly below Brigadier General. A colonel is a Field Officer at DoD paygrade O-6, with a starting monthly pay of $5869.50.

What is the proper way to address a Colonel?

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

How much does a Colonel earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Colonel with no years of experience is $5,869.50 per month. A Colonel receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Colonel's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Marine Corps Colonel 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' Colonel compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2016 Marine Corps Colonel 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 Colonel is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Colonel - Equivalent to Colonel
Air Force
Army Colonel - Equivalent to Colonel
Coast Guard Captain - Equivalent to Colonel
Coast Guard
Marine Corps Colonel - Equivalent to Colonel
Marine Corps
Navy Captain - Equivalent to Colonel