The Marine E-5
What does it mean to be a Sergeant of Marines? From what I have seen lately it apparently does not mean that much. There appears to be a gap somewhere in the system. A Marine E-5 can be anywhere from a 2 year Marine to a 13 year Marine. They are considered peers, equals. There are many occupational specialties where it is perfectly normal to never even see E-4 within your first enlistment, or at least until right before you get out, 0351 is an example. How can a 20 year old, fresh out of high school, be a Sergeant of Marines and not just an E-5? The Marine Sergeant has been over-saturated with E-5's. In the current climate for competition, careerism has allowed E-5's to excel beyond the Sergeant without merit. The Marine Corps must implement control measure to prevent the careerist from excelling without merit and/or experience. I could throw out some control measures such as time in service, but that would reduce creativity. What can we do to preserve the Sergeant of Marines? I feel they are the vital link between past and present Marine Corps.
If I stay in this beloved Corps I vow to try my hardest to put a kink in the careerism and duechebaggary that plagues the ranks in an attempt to prevent the downfall of a lethal, vigorous and purportedly adaptive force.