New Gunny and Staff Sergeant Requirements
Added September 30, 2016
Marine Corps officials have announced that Marines hoping to be promoted to staff sergeant or gunnery sergeant over the next year will have to complete new professional military education requirements.
Beginning October 1, sergeants must complete the MarineNet "Sergeants Course" and the resident Sergeants Course at a Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy. Staff sergeants must complete the MarineNet "Career Course" before completing either the resident Career Course at a Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy or the Career Course Seminar Distance Education Program.
"It's all about trying to do all that we can to get the most out of every Marine while they're in the Marine Corps," said Major General James Lukeman, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Training and Education Command. "Marine Corps University is focusing on...broader education than PME," Lukeman continued. "The university is looking at how can they better clear a path for our enlisted Marines to earn a degree while they're in the Marine Corps."
— USMC Gunnery Sergeant chevrons. (image released).