Cadet Resources


The rank structure used for in Marine Corps JROTC is mirrored after the Office and Enlisted ranks in the US Marine Corps. The following ranks are utilized, depending on the size of the unit.


Cadet Colonel - Battalion Commander

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel - Battalion Commander or Executive Officer

Cadet Major - Battalion Executive Officer

Cadet Captain - Company Commander | Battalion S-1 (Admin), S-3 (Operations), or S-4 (Logistics)

Cadet First Lieutenant - Company Executive Officer | S-1 (Admin), S-3 (Operations), S-4 (Logistics), or Chaplin

Cadet Second Lieutenant - Company Executive Officer | S-1 (Admin), S-3 (Operations), S-4 (Logistics), S-5 (Public Affairs), or Chaplin

Cadet Sergeant Major - Battalion Sergeant Major

Cadet First Sergeant - Company First Sergeant

Cadet Gunnery Sergeant - Company Gunnery Sergeant or Platoon Guide

Cadet Staff Sergeant - Company Supply Sergeant or Cadet Company Guide

Cadet Sergeant - Squad Leader or Company Clerk

Cadet Corporal - Fire Team Leader

Cadet Lance Corporal - And qualified Cadet may be promoted to this rank

Cadet Private First Class - And qualified Cadet may be promoted to this rank

Cadet Private - Default Cadet Rank

"Every Marine, from the very beginning of their time in the Corps, holds a rank with an associated pay grade and set of responsibilities and education requirements. Making up a force that is always on the advance, Marines are expected to do all that is necessary to rise in rank with time and experience." - US Marines 

General - A four-star general, the most senior officer rank, a General is nominated by the President and must also be confirmed for duty by the Senate.

Lieutenant General - A three-star general, a Lieutenant General is nominated by the President and must also be confirmed for duty by the Senate.

Major General - A two-star general, a Major General is nominated by the President and must also be confirmed for duty by the Senate.

Brigadier General - A one-star general, a Brigadier General is nominated by the President and must also be confirmed for duty by the Senate.

Colonel - Serves as a Regimental Commander, Brigade Executive Officer or Division Staff Member.

Lieutenant Colonel - A key decision-maker; may serve as a Battalion Commander.

Major - Typically serves in roles including Battalion Executive Officer, weapons Company Commanders, or Regimental or Brigade Staff Members.

Captain - Responsible for leading entire companies of Marines, serving as Company Commander and leading tactical operations with the support of Junior Commissioned Officers and Senior Enlisted Non-Commissioned Officers.

First Lieutenant - Leads in a similar way as Second Lieutenant but with increased responsibility immediately upon promotion.

Second Lieutenant - Leads at the Platoon or Company level and looks to their Senior Officers for guidance and intent.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 - Warrant Officer Marines are officer-level technical specialists in their respective fields, providing leadership, training, and extensive knowledge to the Marines in their MOS. The advance to this rank, the Secretary of the Navy approves a warrant for a Sergeant of Staff NCO to be appointed a Warrant Officer. These Marines become Commissioned Officers when achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 - ^

Chief Warrant Officer 3 - ^

Chief Warrant Officer 2 - ^

Warrant Officer 1 - ^

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps - The Senior Enlisted Marine of the entire Corps, personally selected by the Commandant.

Sergeant Major - Serves as the principal Enlisted Advisor for a Senior Marine Commander, making high-level strategic decisions that impact the entire Marine Corps.

Master Gunnery Sergeant - Provides technical leadership as specialists in their specific MOS.

First Sergeant - Serves as the Senior Enlisted Marine in the company, assisting in their unit's discipline, administration, morale, and Marine welfare matters.

Master Sergeant - Provides technical leadership as specialists in their specific MOS.

Gunnery Sergeant - Serves as their unit's operations chief, working with superior officers on training, operations, and tactical advising.

Staff Sergeant - Responsible for the proficiency, training, and administration of Marines in their charge.

Sergeant-Marine NCOs have faced a number of physical and mental challenges and are considered experienced Marines. Beginning at the rank of Sergeant, Marine NCOs can seek the opportunity to serve as Drill Instructors in charge of a recruit training platoon.

Corporal - ^

Lance Corporal - These Marines are new to the Corps and are focused on developing and growing as an individual while honing their skills and core values.

Private First Class - ^ 

Private - ^ 

Uniform Type descriptions

Utilities - Camouflage MARPAT Blouse & Trousers

Dress Blue “Alphas” - Blue trousers or skirt with blue coat, medals

Dress Blue “Bravos” - Blue trousers or skirt with blue coat, ribbons

Dress Blue “Charlies” - Blue trousers or skirt with khaki long sleeve shirt & tie

Dress Blue “Deltas” - Blue trousers or skirt with khaki short sleeve shirt

Service “Alphas” - Green trousers or skirt with green coat and L/S shirt

Service “Bravos” - Green trousers or skirt with khaki long sleeve shirt & tie

Service “Charlies” - Green trousers or skirt with khaki short sleeve shirt

Uniform rank measurements

Enlisted Utilities - ½ Inch from the Corner Seam, Centered (Learning lamp tilted inward)

First Sergeant - ½ Inch from the Corner, Centered (Learning lamp tilted inward)

Sergeant Major - ½ Inch from the Corner, Centered (Learning lamp tilted inward)

Officer Utilities - ½ Inch from the Corner Seam, ½ Inch from the Side Seam. (Each Diamond & Circle must be ½ Inch from Side Seam)

Enlisted Khakis - ½ Inch from the Side, Centered from the Corner

Officer Khakis - 1 Inch from Front Edge, Centered on from the Front Edge

Web Belt - Between 2 and 4 inches past the buckle

Cloth Belt - Between 2 ¾ and 3 ¾ inches past the buckle

Alignment - Shirt edge, belt buckle, and fly of trousers are all in a straight vertical line

Tie Clasp - Centered between the 3rd and 4th button on the long sleeve shirt

Trouser Length - Bottom of the trousers is even with the welt where the heel and sole of the shoe join

Skirt Length - Approximates the knee, not to exceed 1 inch above or below the center of the knee

Cover - Never worn indoors. School policy prohibits the wearing of any type of hat in the school. ROTC will abide by this policy.

Marine Corps Emblem - On the cover, the wings of the emblem are placed parallel to the deck and the anchor is pointed forward. On the Service “Alphas” & “Blues”, the left and right collar emblems are worn parallel to the deck with anchors pointed inboard.


Judgment is the ability to consider all of the factors of a problem or situation. It is then up to the leader to make a correct decision.

Justice is being fair and even in your decisions, and impartiality should be your watchword.

Dependability is being known to perform duties in a proper manner.

Initiative is the ability, or presence of mind, to take action in the absence of any clearly defined orders.

Decisiveness is that quality that allows an individual to take swift and firm action.

Tact is the ability to deal with others without creating offense.

Integrity is being honest and upright, truthful in actions and words.

Enthusiasm is showing interest and exuberance in the performance of duties.

Bearing is creating a favorable impression by your appearance. You should carry yourself well, and always act in a manner becoming to an officer.

Unselfishness is putting the comfort and advancement of others ahead of your own.

Courage is that mental quality that allows you to face fear and to overcome it, physical or moral.

Knowledge is technical and tactical knowledge that will help accomplish tasks.

Loyalty is the quality of faithfulness to country, organizations, seniors, subordinates and peers.

Endurance is the ability to deal with hardships, both physical and mental.


Leadership Principles – 

Leadership Principles You Apply to Yourself

        - Know yourself and seek self-improvement

        - Make sound and timely decisions

        - Set the example

        - Be technically and tactically proficient

        - Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions

Leadership Principles You Apply to Others

        - Know your subordinates

        - Keep your subordinates informed

        - Train your subordinates as a team

        - Develop a sense of responsibility among your subordinates

Leadership Principles You Apply to Group Functions

        - Employ your command in accordance with its capabilities

        - Ensure the task is understood, supervised, and accomplished


General Order 1 - To take charge of this post and all government property in view.

General Order 2 - To walk my post in a military manner, always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.

General Order 3 - To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.

General Order 4 - To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse than my own.

General Order 5 - To quit my post only when properly relieved.

General Order 6 - To receive, obey and pass on to the sentry who relieves me of all orders from the commanding officer, officer of the day, and officers and noncommissioned officers of the guard only.

General Order 7 - To talk to no one except in the line of duty.

General Order 8 - To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.

General Order 9 - To call the corporal of the guard in any case not covered by instructions.

General Order 10 - To salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.

General Order 11 - To be especially watchful at night, and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.


Honor guides Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior; to never lie, cheat or steal; to abide by an uncompromising code of integrity; respect human dignity; and respect others. The quality of maturity, dedication, trust and dependability commit Marines to act responsibly; to be accountable for their actions; to fulfill their obligations; and to hold others accountable for their actions.


Courage is the mental, moral and physical strength ingrained in Marines. It carries them through the challenges of combat and helps them overcome fear. It is the inner strength that enables a Marine to do what is right; to adhere to a higher standard of personal conduct; and to make tough decisions under stress and pressure.


Commitment is the spirit of determination and dedication found in Marines. It leads to the highest order of discipline for individuals and units. It is the ingredient that enables 24-hour a day dedication to Corps and country. It inspires the unrelenting determination to achieve a standard of excellence in every endeavor.


Marine Instructor Information
Chief Warrant Officer III T. Smith (Senior Marine Instructor) 
(760) 723-6300 x2130

First Sergeant M. Stout (Marine Instructor)
(760) 723-6300 x2129

Student Leadership Information 

Cadet M. Walton (Commanding Officer)

Cadet E. Hale (Executive Officer)
(All these emails should be in red, but for some reason I was not able to change them over.)

Cadet A. Hallet (Company 1st Sergeant/ Drill Captain)

Cadet A. Hughes (Admin Officer)

Cadet C. Allen (Operations Officer)

Cadet F. Estrella (Logistics Officer)

Cadet A. Vilardi (Public Affairs Officer)

Cadet M. Sander (Raiders Captain)

Cadet L. Castañeda (1st Platoon Sergeant)

Cadet A. Wilson (2nd Platoon Sergeant)

Cadet M. Sander (3rd Platoon Sergeant)

Cadet M. Hall (5th Platoon Sergeant)

Cadet A. Montano (6th Platoon Sergeant)