Corps Regimental Sergeant Major

Corps Regimental Sergeant Major[1] (Corps RSM) is the most senior warrant officer of the Royal Marines. Responsible for maintaining standards and discipline within the Royal Marines, they act as a parental figure to their subordinates and also to junior officers, even though they technically outrank the RSM.

Corps Regimental Sergeant Major
Ensign of the Royal Navy
Dave Mason

since April 2018
Ministry of Defence
Reports toCommandant General Royal Marines
NominatorCommandant General Royal Marines
AppointerNavy Board
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–4 years)
Inaugural holderDavid Malcolm Stollery MBE

Former Corps RSM Phil Gilby carries the sword of Major Alastair Donald, which was presented to him by Donald's widow.[2]

Post creation

The post was created in 1989.[3] He is addressed as "Mr" by officers and "Sir" by all other ranks. Routinely known as "the Corps RSM"

"It has been decided to appoint a representative Regimental Sergeant Major, who will be responsible for centralised events involving Warrant Officers and Senior Non Commissioned Officers and upon who the Commandant General can call for advice should he so desire. The Warrant officers so appointed will be called the Corps Regimental Sergeant Major (Corps RSM)"

Royal Marine Routine Orders, Monday 20th February 1989. (signed by Maj. Gen. H. Y. La R. Beverley)

List of Royal Marines Corps Regimental Sergeant Majors

The rank of the Corps Regimental Sergeant Majors would be listed as "WO1 (Corps) RSM". This is an amalgamation of a rank and an appointment: the rank is Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1); the appointment is Corps RSM.

Corps Regimental Sergeant Majors
David Malcolm Stollery MBE1 January 198922 January 1990[3][4]
John "Jan" Kenneth Palmer MBE9 December 19894 April 1992[4]
J. D. "Des" W. MBE MM1 April 199224 April 1994[4]
W. J. "Willy" S.21 September 19936 March 1995[4]
W. N. M. "Nev" W. MBE4 January 19954 April 1998[4]
K. R.2 December 199716 November 1999[4]
R. T. MBE13 September 199914 October 2002[4]
John Anthony "George" Forster14 October 200228 November 2004[5][6]
E. A. C. MBE29 November 200431 January 2007
B. A. "Baz" D. MBE1 February 200719 October 2009
Marc Wicks MBE20 October 200914 July 2011[7]
Allistair Iain "Ally" McGill MBE QGM21 July 201119 November 2014[8]
Philip Steven "Phil" Gilby19 November 2014April 2018[9]
Dave MasonApril 2018Present[10]

See also


  1. Note that in the British Armed Forces, the plural is "sergeant majors" and not "sergeants major". "No. 48587". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 April 1981. p. 5671. "No. 25044". The London Gazette. 2 December 1881. p. 6467. The earliest usage of "sergeant majors" in The Times is in 1822. The last of the (very occasional) usages of "sergeants major", except when referring to American NCOs, is in 1938.
  2. "Sword presentation to the Royal Marine Corps at Royal Marines Museum". National Museum of the Royal Navy. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  3. "Appointment of Corps Regimental Sergeant Major" (PDF). Royal Marines Badge & Insignia Reference. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  4. Forster, J. A. Register of the Royal Marines Regimental Sergeant Major. Royal Marines Museum, Eastney, Portsmouth.
  5. "Commander Presents Fathers RSM Cane to Corps Museum". Royal Navy. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  6. "Roll". The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  7. "Command Senior Enlisted Leader". NATO. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  8. "Trustees". Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  9. "Sword presentation to the Royal Marine Corps at Royal Marines Museum". National Museum of the Royal Navy. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  10. "WO1 (CRSM) Dave Mason RM Corps Regimental Sergeant Major". The Royal Marines Charity. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
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