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It was during World War 2 that the modern image of the fighting Marine was born, solidifying their place on the world stage for generations. Go back to the Military Ranks index page.
The ranks of E-8 and E-9 each have two ranks per pay grade, with distinct responsibilities. Gunnery sergeants (E-7) indicate their preferred promotional track on their annual evaluations.
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps NOTE 1: The E-8 and E-9 levels each have two ranks per pay grade, each with different responsibilities. Gunnery Sergeants indicate on their annual evaluations, called "fitness reports," or "fitreps" for short, their preferred promotional track: Master Sergeant or First Sergeant.
The table below lists all the standard ranks in the U.S. Marine Corps and their respective pay grades, insignias, abbreviations, and classifications. Click any rank to view detailed information about that rank's duties, pay, promotions, and more.
The United States Marine Corps has twenty seven grades of enlisted marines and officers, with most marines enlisting at the entry-level rank of Private (Pvt, paygrade E-1). The highest rank achievable in the Marine Corps is General .
Marine Corps Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Ranks (E-4 through E-5) The Marine Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO), the Marine Corps ranks of Corporals and Sergeants, hold a special position in the Corps.
Generals in the Marine Corps are the highest ranking officers in the branch. The Marine Corps can have a maximum of 60 general officers, and only three may be four-star Generals.
The highest billets in the Marine Corps, the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps are, by statute, four-star ranks, as the Marine Corps is a separate naval service under the Department of the Navy.
The ranks within the Marine System are fairly straightforward, where each rank is clearly delineated.  Officers present at Marine Headquarters are considered the elite forces of the Marines, about three ranks higher in terms of power from those of the same rank at other bases.
In the Marines, an E-4 (Corporal) has to earn his stripes and added responsibility, however, the promotions to the ranks of E-2 and E-3 are pretty automatic, barring any serious offense. Promotions to E-4 and above are competitive and are based on specific vacancies within the Marine Corps’ jobs.