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04-18-06, 11:05 AM
Do promotions occur primarily on a time in grade fashion while on inactive reserve? How are those inactive reserve promotions looked apon by those who are still "active"?
Just asking because my Marine son just got promoted to the rank of Sergeant of Marines earlier this month, while on inactive reserve and I'm trying to find out what I can for my own knowledge.
Thanks in advance.

04-18-06, 11:29 AM
Osotogary - For information on IRR promotions you would contact Marine Corps Mobilization Command (https://mobcom.mfr.usmc.mil/MOBCOM.asp). If you search the FAQ's page for the term "IRR promotions" you will find a couple of answers. Here are the MOBCOM results for that query.

Question: How do Sergeants and below get promoted while in the IRR?

Answer: IRR Marines do not get promoted by a cutting score.

They get promoted by screening them for the following prerequisites:

- Must have a minimum of 4.0/4.0 proficiency conduct marks
- Not in a weight control status
- Minimum 6 months in the IRR
- No pending legal issues
- Minimum 27 points on the Marines prior year of his CRCR
- And for promotion to sergeant, completion of the Sergeant Non-Resident Program - MCI 8000 or 7000 series

Eligible Marines will be promoted based on quotas that are provided by CMC.


As far as how Marines in the fleet view those promotions, I'm not sure very many active duty Marines even know that you can get promoted in the IRR. Personally, I don't think it should make a difference if the Marine meets all of the qualifications and standards that HQ Marine Corps creates. I can see how a Marine might feel guilty or feel like they didn't earn the promotion, but I would say to try and get past that. The Marine Corps needs Sgt's in the IRR. If the Marine has done all of his/her professional education, then they should be good to go. However, I think that they may be waiving PME requirements right now because many Marines can't do their PME while in Iraq. Either way, if HQ Marine Corps says he earned, then he earned it. I don't think many active Marines will know the difference or even care. S/F Dan

04-18-06, 12:04 PM
Thank you very much dscusmc.
You have presented me with all the tools that I will need, plus valued personal insight, to learn about inactive reserve promotions.
Thanks again.

04-18-06, 12:47 PM
No problem Gary, also congratulations on your son's promotion. For other Marines that are curious about IRR promotions you can find the enlisted promotion manual at the Manpower and Reserves Affairs webpage: https://www.manpower.usmc.mil/portal/page?_pageid=278,1936016&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL.

The IRR stuff is at Chapter 2, paragraph 2200 - 2300. The manual says pretty much the same thing as what was posted above from MOBCOM.

04-18-06, 03:16 PM
As far as how Marines in the fleet view those promotions, I'm not sure very many active duty Marines even know that you can get promoted in the IRR.

I heard that! I never knew till just now! Hmmm ... I spent 3 years inactive reserve. I could be a friggin' General and not know it!!! LOL

Then again - knowing me - I would probably be the first to actually *lose* rank on inactive reserve. Either way the pay is the same. Nada!