The importance of the rank Staff Sergeant
The rank of Staff Sergeant is the sixth rank in the United States Marine Corps enlisted rank structure. Being a Staff Sergeant also bestows upon the individual receiving the rank the title of Staff Non Commissioned Officer. Staff Sergeants are usually experienced Marines with 10 to 13 years of experience behind them on average. A staff sergeant is a Staff Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-6, with a starting monthly pay of $2281.20. The rank of Staff Sergeant, like several other modern Marine Corps ranks, was introduced by the USMC in 1923 in order to match the rank structure used by the U.S. Army. In the combat arms units, a staff sergeant usually is billeted as a platoon sergeant for 30+ Marines. They may also be tasked as a company gunnery sergeant, or a platoon commander if required. They are the senior tactical advisor to a platoon commander by virtue of time in service, previous deployments, and experience and is responsible for the proficiency, training and administrative issue of his Marines.
To me the Rank Staff Sergeant is not just the beginning of the Staff Non Commissioned Officer ranks but it is also the ending of a career. It is to me considered the half-way point to the Marine Corps. Once you reach this rank you are essentially coasting along until you finish your 20 years total enlistment so you can retire at half pay. Not only do Staff Sergeants rate 2281.20$ a month base pay but they are also entitled to many other bonuses and pay raises as they are assigned billets and complete schooling. Some of the bonus or extra pay that Staff Sergeants may acquire are Housing allowance, Schooling allowance, Food allowance, and personal money allowance just to name a few. The Staff Sergeants insignia is a combination of three chevrons up, one rocker down, cross rifles in the center. The importance of the military rank structure has been drilled into people heads for over hundreds of years. In my own words...
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