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How to get promoted to Sergeant Major Marine Corps Promotion to E-9 Sergeant Major

A Sergeant Major is a Senior Enlisted Advisor 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 Sergeant Major.

To promote to Sergeant Major, a Marine must have spent a minimum of 3 years as a First Sergeant and 10 years overall in the Corps, and have completed a certain level of Enlisted Professional Military Education. Only First Sergeants may become Sergeants Major. 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. If a Marine repeatedly fails to promote from this rank, they will be forcibly retired. Force Sergeants Major are typically hand-selected by the Generals commanding those units.

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