What Are the Enlisted Marine Corps Ranks?


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The ranks for enlisted Marines are private, private first class, lance corporal, corporal, sergeant, staff sergeant, gunnery sergeant and master sergeant. Additional ranks include first sergeant, master gunnery sergeant, sergeant major and sergeant major of the Marine Corps.

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Each enlisted rank has a particular pay grade, such as E-1 for a private, E-2 for a private first class and so on. Pay grades of E-4 (corporal) and E-5 (sergeant) are non-commissioned officers . Staff non-commissioned officers are career Marines serving in grades E-6 through E-9. These two groups are responsible for the welfare, discipline, efficiency and morale of the Marines in their charge. The first sergeant (grade E-8) and sergeant major (grade E-9) are senior enlisted advisers working with commanding officers in matters of administration and troop welfare. First sergeants serve as senior enlisted Marines in a company, battery, or other similar unit, while sergeants major act in a similar same role in battalions, squadrons, or larger units. Master sergeants (E-8) and master gunnery sergeants (E-9) provide technical leadership and serve as military occupational specialists. The sergeant major of the Marine Corps, also grade E-9, is the senior enlisted member of the entire Marine Corps and is personally picked by the commandant.

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