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Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Incumbent
Sergeant Major Micheal P. Barrett

since June 9, 2011
Formation May 23, 1957
First holder Wilbur Bestwick
Website www.HQMC.Marines.mil

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (officially abbreviated to SgtMajMarCor; unofficially as SMMC) is a unique non-commissioned rank and billet in the United States Marine Corps.

History

In the U.S. Marine Corps, sergeant major is the ninth and highest enlisted rank, just above first sergeant, and equal in grade to master gunnery sergeant, although the two have different responsibilities. Sergeant major is both a rank and a military billet, and serves as the unit commander's senior enlisted advisor and to handle matters of discipline and morale among the enlisted Marines. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is chosen by the Commandant of the Marine Corps to serve as his advisor and as the preeminent and highest ranking enlisted Marine with a protocol equivalency of a lieutenant general.

Although not officially considered a Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, when Archibald Sommers was appointed to the grade of Sergeant Major January 1, 1801, it was a solitary post, similar to the modern billet of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. In 1833, an act of legislation made the rank of sergeant major permanent for the Marine Corps and by 1899 five Marines held the rank of sergeant major. This continued until 1946, when the rank was abolished, only to be re-introduced in 1954 as part of the Marine Corps rank structure.

The post of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps was established in 1957 as the senior enlisted advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the first such post in any of the five branches of the United States Armed Forces. In 1970, the distinctive rank insignia of the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps was authorized and features the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor flanked by two stars, as opposed to the standard Sergeant Major rank insignia, which was used for the rank from the post's creation in 1957 to 1970, and has a single five point star in the center. While Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is the full wording of the rank, verbal address for this is commonly Sergeant Major.

The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is selected by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and typically serves a four-year term, though his service is at the discretion of the Commandant. Since Wilbur Bestwick was appointed the first Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps in 1957, 17 different Marines have filled this post. In April 2011, Commandant James F. Amos announced that Sergeant Major Micheal Barrett would relieve Sergeant Major Kent and serve as the 17th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps on June 9, 2011.

The salary for SMMC is $7,609.50 per month

Sergeant Majors

# Picture Name Tenure from Tenure to
1 Bestwick Wilbur Bestwick 01957-05-23-0000May 23, 1957 01959-08-31-0000August 31, 1959
2 Rauber Francis D. Rauber 01959-09-01-0000September 1, 1959 01962-06-28-0000June 28, 1962
3 McHugh Thomas J. McHugh 01962-06-29-0000June 29, 1962 01965-07-16-0000July 16, 1965
4 Sweet Herbert J. Sweet 01965-07-17-0000July 17, 1965 01969-07-31-0000July 31, 1969
5 Dailey Joseph W. Dailey 01969-08-01-0000August 1, 1969 01973-01-31-0000January 31, 1973
6 Puckett Clinton A. Puckett 01973-02-01-0000February 1, 1973 01975-05-31-0000May 31, 1975
7 Black Henry H. Black 01975-06-01-0000June 1, 1975 01977-03-31-0000March 31, 1977
8 Massaro John R. Massaro 01977-04-01-0000April 1, 1977 01979-08-15-0000August 15, 1979
9 Crawford Leland D. Crawford 01979-08-16-0000August 16, 1979 01983-06-27-0000June 27, 1983
10 Cleary Robert E. Cleary 01983-06-28-0000June 28, 1983 01987-06-26-0000June 26, 1987
11 Sommers David W. Sommers 01987-06-27-0000June 27, 1987 01991-06-27-0000June 27, 1991
12 Overstreet Harold G. Overstreet 01991-06-28-0000June 28, 1991 01995-06-29-0000June 29, 1995
13 Lee Lewis G. Lee 01995-06-30-0000June 30, 1995 01999-06-28-0000June 28, 1999
14 McMichael Alford L. McMichael 01999-06-29-0000June 29, 1999 02003-06-26-0000June 26, 2003
15 Estrada John L. Estrada 02003-06-27-0000June 27, 2003 02007-04-25-0000April 25, 2007
16 Kent Carlton W. Kent 02007-04-25-0000April 25, 2007 02011-06-08-0000June 8, 2011
17 Barrett Micheal P. Barrett 02011-06-09-0000June 9, 2011

Timeline

Micheal BarrettCarlton W. KentJohn L. EstradaAlford L. McMichaelLewis G. LeeHarold G. OverstreetDavid W. SommersRobert E. ClearyLeland D. CrawfordJohn R. MassaroHenry H. BlackClinton A. PuckettJoseph W. DaileyHerbert J. SweetThomas J. McHughFrancis D. RauberWilbur Bestwick

See also

References

General
Specific
  1. "MCO P1070-12K (IRAM)" (PDF). United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  2. "ALMAR 016/09: 2009 Sergeants Major Symposium". United States Marine Corps. 2009-05-13. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  3. SMMC on TheFreeDictionary.com
  4. Order of Precedence – OPNAVINST 1710.7J (NOTES: 7)
  5. ^ "Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps". hqmc.marines.mil. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  6. ^ Estrada, John L.. "Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps". 15smmc.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22. [dead link]
  7. "Previous SMMC". hqmc.marines.mil. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  8. Lamothe, Dan; Cavallaro, Gina (April 12, 2011). "1st MARDIV’s Barrett is new top enlisted Marine". Military Times. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  9. "Sergeant Major Wilbur Bestwick, USMC (Deceased)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  10. "Sergeant Major Francis Drury Rauber, USMC (Deceased)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  11. "Sergeant Major Thomas J. McHugh, USMC (Deceased)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  12. "Sergeant Major Herbert J. Sweet, USMC (Deceased)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  13. "Sergeant Major Joseph W. Dailey, USMC (Deceased)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  14. "Sergeant Major Clinton A. Puckett, USMC (Deceased)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  15. "Sergeant Major Henry H. Black, USMC (Retired)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  16. "Sergeant Major John R. Massaro, USMC (Retired)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  17. "Sergeant Major Leland D. Crawford, USMC (Deceased)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  18. "Sergeant Major Robert E. Cleary, USMC (Retired)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  19. "Sergeant Major David W. Sommers, USMC (Retired)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  20. "Sergeant Major Harold G. Overstreet, USMC (Retired)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  21. "Sergeant Major Lewis G. Lee, USMC (Retired)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  22. "Sergeant Major Alford L. McMichael, USMC (Retired)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  23. "Sergeant Major John L. Estrada, USMC (Retired)". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  24. "Sergeant Major Carlton W. Kent, USMC". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps Historical Division. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 

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