CAMP PENDLETON, CALIF. -- Meritorious promotions are platforms which allow commanders to entrust the most qualified Marines with more responsibility, resulting in a more efficient, well-trained fighting force.
“Giving Marines an opportunity to excel results in more Marines excelling,” said Sgt. Maj. David A. Wilson, I MEF Headquarters Group sergeant major. “When there is incentive to excel, you are creating an environment in which you’re going to have Marines striving to be their very best.”
Meritorious promotions do more than to honor those who go above and beyond what is expected of them as Marines, they allow the Corps to expedite the promotion process for qualified Marines putting them in positions where they can best serve, noted Wilson.
One of the newly promoted Marines, Staff Sgt. Kurtis Carpenter, said Marines shouldn’t solely strive to be recommended for meritorious promotion, rather, they should consistently strive to become better Marines, and eventually they will be rewarded for their dedication.
“Being surrounded by all these talented and hard-working Marines was a very humbling experience for me,” said Carpenter, an armorer with 1st Intelligence Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group and a native of Louisa, Virginia. “The experience reinvigorated me and reminded me what being a Marine all is about. I joined the Marine Corps because I knew they were the best. I still believe that, and I still believe that Marine Corps is an organization that remains great because of the people in it.”
Meritorious promotions have proven effective in highlighting, motivating, and retaining capable men and women within its ranks.
“In the Marine Corps, with all that is at stake, losing years of service from talented Marines who are ready for advanced positions earlier on, is something that we are not willing to accept,” said Wilson.