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Marine Corps Private

E-1 Junior Enlisted, U.S. Marine Corps
(Next) E-2 PFCMarine Corps Private First Class
Private First Class

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How to get promoted to Private Marine Corps Promotion to E-1 Private

A Private is a Junior Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at DoD paygrade E-1. This page describes how the Marine Corps determines who is eligible for the promotion list to Private.

To reach the rank of E-1, all Marines must complete Recruit Training, or "Boot Camp", which lasts 13 weeks in either Parris Island, SC, or San Diego, CA. Until graduation, they are Recruits and essentially E-"nothings".

Upon graduation, Marines may be promoted to E-1, E-2, or E-3 depending on several factors. College credits or positive referrals to recruiters can result in automatic promotion. If the Marine was a meritorious JROTC Cadet, Sea Cadet, Young Marine, or Boy or Girl Scout, this may also warrant immediate promotions as put in writing by their recruiters. A Marine may also receive an immediate promotion for being the "honor graduate" of their Recruit Training class.

There are over a dozen ways to immediately promote past E-1 after Basic Training. Speak with a USMC Recruiter for more details. And remember, in the military, nothing is guaranteed unless it is in writing.

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