The Difference Between a Sergeant and Corporal
The Marine Corps rank of Sergeant narrowly parallels that of the Corporal in regards to duties and responsibilities. The basic duties and responsibilities of all the noncommissioned officer (NCO) ranks never changes. The major difference between a Sergeant and a Corporal is that the Sergeant is in daily contact with larger numbers of Marines and generally has more property and equipment to maintain.
Both the Corporal and Sergeants (NCO) hold a special position in the Marine Corps. NCO’s are responsible for the lives of their men (and women) in and out of combat situations. Corporals and Sergeants are leaders of men (and women) and also so much more! The unwavering traditions of duty and dedication to their assigned mission are personified by Sergeants and Corporals. Their creed is Short and To The Point!
• I am an NCO, dedicated to training new Marines and influencing the old. I am forever conscious of each Marine under my charge, and by example will inspire him to the highest standards possible.
• I will strive to be patient, understanding, just, and firm. I will commend the deserving and encourage the wayward.
• I will never forget that I am responsible to my Commanding Officer for the morale, discipline, and efficiency of my men. Their performance will reflect an image of me.
Some of the specific duties performed by both the Sergeant and Corporal are:
• Training subordinates in their MOS and basic military skills
• Being accountable for the actions of their squad, section, or team
• Enforcing the standards of military and physical appearance
• Ensuring supervision, control, and discipline of subordinates
• Assisting in