Senior enlisted discuss Corps issues at Sergeants Major Symposium

28 Jul 2010 | Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Osborne

Various senior enlisted convened at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center July 26-30 to discuss important Corps issues at the 2010 Sergeants Major Symposium.

“The Symposium is when  sergeants major, master gunnery sergeants and the command master chiefs [who work with Marines] come here and talk about issues that affect the Marines and sailors that serve with us and their families,” said Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Carlton W. Kent.

Sergeants major and master gunnery sergeants from Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Korea, Europe and several other commands from around the world attended the symposium.

At the 2009 Sergeants Major Symposium, topics included the new running suit, suicide prevention and family readiness.

When the decision is made that something needs to be changed, they need to ask themselves, “Is this one of the issues that cannot be handled at the lowest level?” If the issue can’t be handled by the enlisted, then it is presented to the commandant of the Marine Corps for consideration, Kent said.

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