Allocations for meritorious promotions among senior noncomissioned officers serving in non-special duty Aassignments are slightly down for fiscal 2014, which began Oct. 1. In all, there are 45 allocations, compared to 47 last year.
Actual opportunity varies both by command and rank. For staff sergeants, there will be 30 allocations in FY 14 across the Marine Corps, according to Marine administrative message 551/13, signed Oct. 22. That is compared to 29 allocations last year. For gunnies opportunity has decreased from 18 last year, to 15 this year.
Allocations are made for individual major commands, including Marine Corps Installations, Forces, Pacific, Reserve, Combat Development and Special Operations commands. Also included are the Selected Marine Corps Reserve and the Manpower and Reserve Affairs SNCO Board.
The purpose of the program is to promote Marines who are exceptional performers and who have demonstrated their ability to carry out the duties of a higher rank. Commanders given allocations for meritorious promotions convene selection boards and pass recommendations for approval on to the the commandant.
January meritorious promotion allocations for Marines serving in SDAs were also recently announced via MARADMIN 557/13, signed Oct. 24. There are 79 allocations for staff sergeants and 16 for gunnery sergeants. That is up significantly from 39 and 11 allocations respectively in January FY13. Those opportunities are for Marines serving as recruiters, prior-service recruiters, extended active duty recruiters, drill or combat instructors, embassy security guards and security force guards.
For a more detailed breakdown of allocations by command or field, refer to the MARADMINs, available online.