Marines of the Year, NCOs of the Year compete for promotion
By Sgt. Rebekka S. Heite
| | February 21, 2013
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. --
Traditionally Marines compete against other Marines of their same pay grade and military occupational specialty for promotion. Only those performing above and beyond compete against their peers in other specialties.
Marine of the year
NCO of the year
The meritorious promotion system was created to “promote, by means other than the regular promotion system, exceptionally well-qualified Marines in recognition of outstanding leadership and performance,” according to Marine Corps Order P1400.32D, the Marine Corps Promotion Manual.
Headquarters and Service Battalion’s noncommissioned officer of the year and Marine of the year are currently competing against other corporals and lance corporals respectively within Marine Corps Installations Command.
MCICom is responsible for 24 Marine Corps Installations, meaning that Cpl. Michael Ramirez, warehouse chief, and Lance Cpl. R.J. Hakes, military justice legal clerk, are potentially competing against 23 of their peers from 23 different specialties.
“When (Hakes) checked in he was squared away and had a great attitude; he was willing to learn and his customs and courtesies were advanced for a private first class,” Sgt. Andrew Pontious, administrative support chief, Legal Services Support Section, Service Co., H&S Bn., explained why he recommended Hakes be sent on the Marine of the Quarter board, which, because he won, was the stepping stone to the MCICom board Hakes is currently competing on.
“He shined above everyone else,” Pontious added about Hakes.
In order to get as far as both Marines have gotten, they each were recommended by their shops to compete for Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter or Marine of the Quarter, respectively, for H&S Bn. Ramirez won fourth quarter and Hakes won both third and fourth quarter.
After winning those boards, they then competed against the other Marines who had won a quarter board for Noncommissioned Officer of the Year or Marine of the Year, respectively, for H&S Bn in 2012.
Both Marines had different traits and accomplishments that set them apart.
Ramirez has completed 55 Marine Corps Institute courses, has a 285 physical fitness test score and a 300 combat fitness test score, is a black belt in Marine Corps Martial Arts and since 2010 he has volunteered more than 500 hours of his time.
Hakes has completed 17 MCIs and two college courses and has a 283 PFT and 292 CFT.
Those traits got them to the first boards, their Marine Corps knowledge won them the boards and helped them advance to MCICom, where in the coming months it will be announced if their performance was found to be above and beyond their peers Marine Corps-wide.
If they do well on the MCICom board, they will be promoted March 2.