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Marine Corps Corporal

E-4 Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Marine Corps
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How to get promoted to Corporal Marine Corps Promotion to E-4 Corporal

A Corporal is a Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps at DoD paygrade E-4. This page describes how the Marine Corps determines who is eligible for the promotion list to Corporal.

To promote to E-4, a Marine must have spent a minimum of eight months as an E-3 and twelve months overall in the Corps. Each quarter, eligible Marines are reviewed for promotion. Marines are ranked based on a composite score, which is based on performance reviews, schools, marksmanship scores, physical fitness test results, time-in-grade, time-in-service, self-education, referrals, collateral duties, and more.

There is a fixed number of slots for each rank of each MOS. Promotion depends on availability of these slots. Technical MOSs sometimes promote slightly faster than non-technical MOSs. If a Marine repeatedly fails to promote, they are presented with the options of separation or switching MOSs.

Truly exceptional Marines have an opportunity to be meritoriously promoted by their Commanding Officer, if there is a vacancy within the unit.

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