If you are a Marine Corps officer in the grade of second lieutenant
serving on active duty in the Marine Corps, you will be automatically
promoted to the grade of first lieutenant as soon as you are qualified,
but not earlier than the date of completion of 24 months service in
grade. Your time in grade is computed from your date of rank as second
A fully-qualified board recommends officers whose records indicate
that they are qualified to perform all duties to which they reasonably
might be assigned in the grade for which they are being considered.
The Qualification Requirements for 1st Lieutenant
Your Commanding officer is authorized to make an initial determination
as to your basic qualifications and ability to serve in the grade
of first lieutenant.
Your CO must consider your physical, professional and character qualities
as a basis for determining your qualifications for promotion.
Commanding officer is authorized to make an initial determination
as to your basic qualifications and ability to serve in the
grade of first lieutenant.
Physical qualifications for promotion are established by the Commandant
of the Marine Corps in consultation with the Surgeon General of the
Navy. Governing regulations are contained in MCO P1400.29 MARCORPROMMAN
and MILPERSMAN 2220150.
Mental, Moral, and Professional Qualifications
Your CO will determine if you are mentally, morally, and professionally
qualified for permanent or temporary promotion, as applicable. Your
CO must consider your overall professional performance, skills, abilities,
and personal traits, in making the determination.
Note: Failure to completely qualify in a professional specialty field
or satisfactorily conduct a given task should not alone be considered
grounds for delay of promotion.