Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps

The Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps is a billet in the United States Marine Corps held by a non-commissioned officer posted at Marine Barracks Washington. He is responsible for carrying the Flag of the President of the United States during state events and for leading "The Commandant's Four".

Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps
Incumbent
Francis S. Frazier[1]

since 2018
Term lengthTwo years
Formation1965
First holderShelton L. Eakin

History

The post of Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps was created in 1965 and first held by Shelton L. Eakin, who was killed in action the following year during the Vietnam War.[1]

Duties

The Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps is considered the senior-most sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and serves as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of "The Commandant's Four", the U.S. Marine Corps' principal color guard.[1] During state events, he is responsible for carrying the Flag of the President of the United States.[1] The Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps is also expected to serve as an example of correct appearance to all marines.[2]

Qualifications

The Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps is appointed by the commanding officer of Marine Barracks Washington and applicants from throughout the Marine Corps are considered.[3][4] He must be a sergeant between 6-foot 2-inches and 6-foot 6-inches in height, meet Marine Corps weight standards, and be eligible for clearance to the Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information level.[3] The appointment to Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps is for a two-year, non-renewable term.[3]

See also

References

  1. "United States Marine Corps Color Guard". marines.mil. United States Marine Corps. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  2. Peck, Tony (April 5, 2018). "Colorado Springs native completes tour as Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps". The Gazette. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  3. Schehl, Matthew (August 26, 2015). "Next color sergeant of the Marine Corps billet opened". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  4. Oliver, Keith (2014). Command Attention: Promoting Your Organization the Marine Corps Way. Naval Institute Press. p. 41. ISBN 1612519008.
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