The purpose of the Marine Corps’ promotion system is to select the “best and fully qualified” individuals for promotion and command. Marines are expected to perform in every position and then are selected, based on this performance, by an anonymous board of officers for promotion to the next rank, education programs, and the opportunity to command operational units. The Marine Corps is the nation’s premier warfighting institution and, as such, relies on its institutional selection mechanisms for a fair and unbiased evaluation of a Marine’s potential to perform at the next rank or in a position of command. Commandant of the Marine Corps General David H. Berger stated, “only as a unified force, free from discrimination, racial inequality, and prejudice can we . . .
1 A more complete explanation of the fitness report process is outlined in Marine Corps Personnel Evaluation System Manual, MCO 1610.
2 The board procedures are more fully detailed in MCO P1400.31C w/ CH 1.