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How to get promoted to Master Gunnery Sergeant Marine Corps Promotion to E-9 Master Gunnery Sergeant

A Master Gunnery Sergeant is a Staff Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps at DoD paygrade E-9. This page describes how the Marine Corps determines who is eligible for the promotion list to Master Gunnery Sergeant.

To promote to Master Gunnery Sergeant, a Marine must have spent a minimum of 3 years as a Master Sergeant and 10 years overall in the Corps, and have completed a certain level of Enlisted Professional Military Education. Only Master Sergeants can become Master Gunnery Sergeants. Once a year, eligible Marines must submit a package to a review board for promotion. Marines are ranked similarly to their earlier composite scores, but duties, awards, and evaluations are weighed much more previously than before. Special preference is given to Drill Instructors, Recruiters, and Embassy Security Guards.

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.

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