- Marine Corps
- My Duty Stations
- Animated Flags
- USMC License Plates
- Info for Boots
- General Orders
- First Things to do when you hit the Fleet
- Commandant's Reading List
- Posting pics on Sgt Grit's
- 10 Rules for Dating a Marine's Daughter
- Things a Drill Instructor will Never Say
- Esprit de Corps
- Sergeant's Prayer
- Rules for Working with Ordies
- Care Package Needs
- What is a Veteran?
- 54 Reasons to Love the Corps
- USMC Rules for Gunfighting
- The Final Inspection
- Topicus - the Origin
- Peace for Our Time
Note that although I listed the ranks with their paygrade (Sergeant - E5, etc), Marines do not refer to each other by paygrade, such as "E5" - instead we refer to the rank earned. The title Sergeant of Marines and all other ranks are earned, not given. Additionally, Staff Non-Commissioned Officers (Staff NCOs) are referred to using their full rank, and not "Sarge" or "Sergeant" which is prevalent in some other services. A Staff Sergeant has a different set of responsibilities than a Sergeant, and should be addressed as Staff Sergeant in order to reflect the fact that the Marine has been promoted and entrusted with the responsibilities of the higher rank.
From time to time, Marines realize that they have lost their graduation pictures from Boot Camp. While not all platoons are available, the best place to check is with the following:
|MCRD San Diego
||MCRD Parris Island
MCCS Recruit Photo
P.O. Box 5100
Marine Corps Recruit Depot
Parris Island, South Carolina
|Platoon Photos: To purchase Platoon Grad photos, please visit the Marine
Corps Community Service website:
|Platoon Photos: Platoon photos dating back to 1939 are available through
Recruit Photo by calling (843)228-1555.
|Graduation Videos/DVD's: To receive a video of graduation, please call
(619)725-6294 and place the order over the phone. You will need to have a
credit card ready to purchase by phone. The customer service representative
assisting you can help you with price, shipping charges, etc.
||Graduation Videos/DVD's: Graduation videos dating back to Nov. 5, 1999, and DVDs dating back to May 23, 2003, can be ordered by calling 800-889-6734.
|Individual Photos: To obtain individual photos, the yearbook office can be
reached @ (619)296-3840.
||Individual Photos: Individual photos of Marines are also available but
only go back for four years. To find out how to get photos, call Recruit
Photo at (843)228-1555.
|Graduation Books: The yearbook office keeps records for two years. For more
information they can be contacted by calling (619)296-3840. For books
older than two years, you can contact the MCRD Historical Society (619)524-4426.
||Graduation Books: Recruit training series books are not available.
|References: MCRD Parris Island FAQ and MCRD San Diego FAQ
If you are unable to find your book or photos through the MCRD, eBay often has Recruit Books and other Marine paraphernalia on their site. Buyer beware however....
Shown below is another one of those charts that really means nothing, but from time to time I've been asked questions about how long it takes to make certain ranks. The table below lists the minimums for Time in Grade (how long the Marine has been at the current rank) and Time in Service (calculated based on the amount of time on contract, not including pre-Boot Camp DEP). These are Federally-mandated times, and are used for regular promotion, and if I can find the original site I believe the Time in Service minimum is enforced even for meritorious promotions except in the case of non-rate (PFC, LCpl).
||Time in Grade
|Time in Service
Pics of Marines in Iraq are sorted by unit where I could determine that info, others were sent to me by the Marine or their family, asking that it be included and shared with the world.