Terminal Lance #498 “Senior Lance Corporal”

November 3, 2017

One of the most coveted ranks of the Marine Corps is that of the “Senior Lance Corporal.”

This is when a Marine holds seniority in a platoon, but is generally perpetually stuck at the rank of Lance Corporal for at least the foreseeable future. This happens for a variety of reasons, but it’s mostly an infantry phenomenon that happens due to a weird, archaic and stupid cutting score based promotion system designed to benefit POG’s.

This happened to myself and most of my entire infantry company. In fact, we were in such a poor state of affairs at one point that we had basically no NCO’s in our entire company. Everyone but the Platoon Sergeants were Lance Corporals, it seemed. This is a sadly realistic scenario, and where the necessity of the “Senior Lance Corporal” comes in.

Someone has to be in charge.

It’s going to be the guy that’s been in for 3 years with two deployments, rather than the fresh-faced SOI drops with the beady eyes.

In other news, I’ll be in Yuma next week for the MALS-13 Marine Corps Ball and a book signing beforehand. If you’re around come say what’s up! I’ll sign anything you put in front of me.