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Running head: UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS’ FLAWED PROMOTION SYSTEM 1United States Marine Corps’ Flawed Promotion SystemGEORGE Brandman UniversityBusiness Process Analysis Innovation
Running head: UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS’ FLAWED PROMOTION SYSTEM 2IntroductionThe United States Marine Corps has one of the most flawed promotion systems in the United States military. From the outside looking in, the Marine Corps is the best military branch in every single way. However, from the inside looking out, the Marine Corps is failing miserably with their promotion system. Unlike the Navy and the Air Force, the Marine Corps promotes without examinations (Navy requires passing score on examinations), off duty education requirements (Air Force requires 4 year degrees) or selection boards for the ranks of Private to Sergeant. The Marine Corps must pay attention to the Navy’s and Air Force’s promotion system. In the Marine Corps, promotion to the next rank is not awarded based on leadership capability or individual potential. Promotion to the next rank in the Marine Corps is solely based on time in grade. How competent can a newly promoted leader be without having to prove his or her potential and ability to lead others? Time in service should not be mistaken by the notion of know how! Analysis The Marine Corps leadership is one of the many characteristics that distinguish theMarine Corps from the rest of the other military branches. However, with this current promotionsystem, the superior Marine is not getting promoted. With the current promotion system andmilitary downsizing, the best Marines are being sent home because they cannot get promotedbased on their overall talent. Those who have been in the Marine Corps the longest and haveaccumulated the most points are eventually promoted. The higher the rank, the more time theMarine is allowed to remain in service. This promotion process is creating an enormous constrainin the organization that leads to catastrophic results.
Running head: UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS’ FLAWED PROMOTION SYSTEM 3When a Marine gets promoted to a higher rank, that Marine is assigned to differentresponsibilities. One of the many duties revolved around managing and leading others. When thewrong person gets promoted, it creates a negative chain reaction. This process is similar to theserial/sequential process, “a process structure where the activities occur one after the other insequence,” (Cooper, Swink, Melnyk & Hartley, 2013, p. 67). Shortly after promotion, the newlypromoted Marine is entrusted with the professional development and safety of a platoon, a smallgroup of Marines. However, 7 out 10 times, this newly appointed leader has no clue of what hisor her role is. He is lost in the sauce, Marine Corps jargon! This leads to conflict, disrespect,