September 1940

Standardized Promotion for Corporals and Sergeants

Volume 24, Issue 3

SO often have we heard the remark "the non-commissioned officers are the backbone of an organization" that we accept it as axiomatic. We recognize that few things are more important in any military organization than the non-commissioned officers. Yet it seems to me that our present method of selecting enlisted men for promotion to the rank of corporal and sergeant leaves much to be desired. Men are promoted to these ranks under a system which is varied and indefinite and two conditions result which are highly injurious to the Marine Corps.

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