Marine Corps Enlisted Promotions

Composite Promotion Points for Promotion to E-4 and E-5

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To determine the "best qualified" for promotion to Corporal (E-4) and Sergeant (E-5) in the Marine Corps, the Marines use a "composite point" system. Promotion points within each MOS are determined as follows:

Promotion points are awarded for the following:

Rifle Marksmanship Score. Determined based on the Marine's score on the rifle range. See conversion chart to convert rifle range scores to promotion points.

Physical Fitness Score. Determined based on the Marine's latest physical fitness test. See conversion chart to convert Marine Corps PFT scores to Promotion Points.

Average Duty Performance Ratings. A Marine's duty performance is rated periodically by his/her supervisors. The ratings used for promotion points are the average of all the duty performance ratings received since the last change in rank (promotion, demotion, etc). The average of duty proficiency marks are rounded off to the nearest 10th (4.44 would be 4.4; 4.45 would be 4.5).

Average Conduct Ratings. Like duty performance ratings, a Marine's conduct is rated periodically by his/her superiors. The ratings used for promotion points are the average of all the conduct ratings received since the last change in rank (promotion, demotion, etc). The average of duty conduct marks are rounded off to the nearest 10th (4.44 would be 4.4; 4.45 would be 4.5).

Time-in-Service. The number to be used is the total months in service (U.S. Armed Forces--active and Reserve) accrued in the military.

Time-in-Grade. The computation of the total months in grade includes the number of months in the present grade on the current enlistment and the time-in-grade in the current or higher grade from a previous enlistment (USMC or USMCR [SMCR or IRR]), if the service was satisfactorily performed.

Drill Sergeant/Recruiter/Security Guard Bonus Points. Commanders can add 100 bonus points for Marines who are performing duty as Drill Instructors, Recruiters, and Marine Corps Security Guards.

Self-Education. E-3s and E-4s competing for promotion receive bonus points for military and civilian education. See conversion charts for points that can be awarded.

Command Recruiting Referrals. E-3s and E-4s can refer individuals to recruiters. If those individuals then enlist in the Marine Corps, the E-3/E-4 will receive 20 bonus points for each individual referred (Note: Marine Corps Recruiters are not eligible for these referral points -- but they are eligible for the 100 point Recruiter Bonus, above).

Use the table below to compute total promotion composite score:

Line #ItemExample ScoreTotal
1Rifle Marksmanship Promotion Points5.05.0
2Physical Fitness Promotion Points5.05.0
3Add lines 1 and 2 together1010
4Divide the results by 255
5Multiply Duty Performance Marks Average by 10044.549.5
6Multiply Conduct Rating Average by 10043.593
7Multiply number of months time-in-grade by 1050143
8Multiply number of months time-in-service by 26149
9Self-Education Points (maximum 75)25169
10Add Drill Instructor/Recruiter/Security Guard Points (if applicable)100269
11Add 20 points for each recruiting referral (maximum 100 points)40289
12Total Composite Score 289

Above Information Derived from MCO P1400.32C, Marine Corps Enlisted Promotion Manual

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