Corps Regimental Sergeant Major
|Corps Regimental Sergeant Major|
Ensign of the Royal Navy
|Ministry of Defence|
|Reports to||Commandant General Royal Marines|
|Nominator||Commandant General Royal Marines|
|Term length||Not fixed (typically 1–4 years)|
|Inaugural holder||David Malcolm Stollery|
Corps Regimental Sergeant Major (Corps RSM) is the most senior warrant officer of the Royal Marines. Responsible for maintaining standards and discipline within the Royal Marines, they act as a parental figure to their subordinates and also to junior officers, even though they technically outrank the RSM.
Former Corps RSM Phil Gilby carries the sword of Major Alastair Donald, which was presented to him by Donald's widow.
The post was created in 1989. He is addressed as "Mr" by officers and "Sir" by all other ranks. Routinely known as "the Corps RSM"
"It has been decided to appoint a representative Regimental Sergeant Major, who will be responsible for centralised events involving Warrant Officers and Senior Non Commissioned Officers and upon who the Commandant General can call for advice should he so desire. The Warrant officers so appointed will be called the Corps Regimental Sergeant Major (Corps RSM)"
Royal Marine Routine Orders, Monday 20th February 1989. (signed by Maj. Gen. H. Y. La R. Beverley)
List of Royal Marines Corps Regimental Sergeant Majors
The rank of the Corps Regimental Sergeant Majors would be listed as "WO1 (Corps) RSM". This is an amalgamation of a rank and an appointment: the rank is Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1); the appointment is Corps RSM.
|David Malcolm Stollery||1 January 1989||22 January 1990|||
|John "Jan" Kenneth Palmer||9 December 1989||4 April 1992|||
|J. D. "Des" W.||1 April 1992||24 April 1994|||
|W. J. "Willy" S.||21 September 1993||6 March 1995|||
|W. N. M. "Nev" W.||4 January 1995||4 April 1998|||
|K. R.||2 December 1997||16 November 1999|||
|R. T.||13 September 1999||14 October 2002|||
|John Anthony "George" Forster||14 October 2002||28 November 2004|||
|E. A. C.||29 November 2004||31 January 2007|
|B. A. "Baz" D.||1 February 2007||19 October 2009|
|Marc Wicks||20 October 2009||14 July 2011|||
|Allistair Iain "Ally" McGill||21 July 2011||19 November 2014|||
|Philip Steven "Phil" Gilby||19 November 2014||April 2018|||
|Dave Mason||April 2018||Present|||
- Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer – Royal Air Force equivalent
- Warrant Officer of the Naval Service – Royal Navy equivalent
- Army Sergeant Major – British Army equivalent
- Note that in the British Armed Forces, the plural is "sergeant majors" and not "sergeants major". "No. 48587". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 April 1981. p. 5671. "No. 25044". The London Gazette. 2 December 1881. p. 6467. The earliest usage of "sergeant majors" in The Times is in 1822. The last of the (very occasional) usages of "sergeants major", except when referring to American NCOs, is in 1938.
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- "Command Senior Enlisted Leader". NATO. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
- "Trustees". Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
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