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So will this help get rid of having to be stuck as a Terminal Lance?
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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Not at all. Marines through Sergeant are still promoted "statistically" (Composite/Cutting Score). This is designed as a mentoring tool to see if Marines are doing everything they need to do to maximize said scores and are ready to take on more leadership responsibilities.

I "think" it is akin to the Army's board process, but much more informal in nature. Guidance thus far is "no general knowledge."

The "Terminal Lance" phenomena is a result of Billet Allocation. Because we only "auto-promote to LCpl, and statistically promote above (Full Board at SSgt +) it creates a funnel effect. The Army likely has a similar issue at Specialist, but it's less apparent because of the TIS/TIG requirements going from E3 to E4 to E5. For Marines, it's very easy to hit E3 right out of MOS School, which means you can sit there for 3~ years.

As a counter example, because of my MOS, I picked up Cpl fast (about a year), but sat there for almost 3 until almost every other Cpl or Sgt either got out or got promoted to SSgt respectively. I had a Sniper Private (while I was a Cpl) that worked for me that pinned on Sergeant (while I was still a Cpl). Just the way the system worked. If I has stayed in however, I would have pinned on MSgt/1st Sgt before him by 2~ years easily though.
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LCpl Mark Lefler
LCpl Mark Lefler
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS - this is why a lot of 03xx became computer techs, because it promoted alot faster and it was more useful in the outside world.
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LCpl Mark Lefler
LCpl Mark Lefler
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Sgt Gus Laskaris - dont get me wrong, i wasnt down talking 03xx.
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LCpl Nicholas Ackerson
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The Board issues are cyclical.

You are about to discover the "peace time" Marine Corps.
All of the common sense acquired over decades of wartime conditions is about to go out the window and experienced Marines will EAS in the months and years to follow.
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Sgt George Kovach
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I had a board for E5 did that change since 94?
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