As the Marine Corps prepares to select a new Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Duffel Blog has found several of the strongest contenders. This list is provided only for the information of junior Marines, and Duffel Blog reminds its readers that it would be inappropriate for junior Marines to discuss their own preference for the next sergeant major.
Rest assured, all the candidates listed are highly qualified, and any one of them would make an excellent Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.
1: Sgt. Maj. Brad Kasal
Originally an assaultman, Sgt. Maj. Kasal is currently the sergeant major for the 4th Marine Division, the only reserve infantry division in the Marine Corps.
Sgt. Maj. Kasal has previously served as the sergeant major for Recruiting Station Des Moines, Iowa.
2: Sgt. Maj. Brad Kasal
Originally an assaultman, Sgt. Maj. Kasal does not have a particularly varied background, and has spent the majority of his career either recruiting Marines, training them, or deploying with them in infantry battalions, including 2/1, 1/4, 3/1, and 3/5.
He has previously served as the sergeant major for the School of Infantry (West) at Camp Pendleton.
3: Sgt. Maj. Brad Kasal
Originally an assaultman, Sgt. Maj. Kasal has a great degree of credibility among Marines of all ranks due to his combat experience, which ranges from the Gulf War in 1990 to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005.
For his heroic actions during the Battle of Fallujah, Sgt. Maj. Kasal was awarded the Navy Cross.
4: Sgt. Maj. Brad Kasal
Originally an assaultman, Sgt. Maj. Kasal was shot seven times after running into a house to save fellow Marines. He then used his own body to shield a wounded junior Marine from a grenade blast.
Between the bullets and pieces of shrapnel, Kasal took more than 50 wounds that day. That's one for every 100 yards or so of a three mile run. Think about that when you're too tired or sore to PT.
5: Sgt. Maj. Brad Kasal
Originally an assaultman, a young Sgt. Maj. Kasal was smoking the living piss out of your current sergeant major as a platoon sergeant at the School of Infantry when your sergeant major was a boot and the ink was still drying on your birth certificate.
It's true, just ask your sergeant major.
6: Sgt. Maj. Brad Kasal
Originally an assaultman, Sgt. Maj. Kasal hates mess dress so much that he refuses to own a set.
7: Sgt. Maj. Brad Kasal
Sgt. Maj. Kasal being carried out of the "House of Hell" in Fallujah.
Originally an assaultman, Sgt. Maj. Kasal is perhaps best known for this iconic image.
Note that Kasal had no problem remembering to keep his finger straight and off the trigger despite having just killed a man and losing over half the blood in his body. Weapons safety isn't fucking rocket science, Marines.
8: Sgt. Maj. Brad Kasal
Cover of Kasal's book with Mattis' recommendation on cover.
Originally an assaultman, Sgt. Maj. Kasal is well known for his book, pictured here with a recommendation from Gen. James Mattis.
The book has been placed on the Commandant's Reading List, meaning that simply reading Sgt. Maj. Kasal's words can potentially improve your cutting score.
9: Sgt. Maj. Brad Kasal
Originally an assaultman, Sgt. Maj. Kasal was once sent home on Friday with a severe case of the flu, told the docs he intended to defy medical science to come back on Monday, then somehow came in healthy after the weekend and ran his Marines into the dirt.
Following grievous battlefield wounds, when doctors advised Kasal to amputate his leg, the sergeant major remotivated the injured leg until it decided to walk again.
Sgt. Maj. Kasal was later immortalized as a heroic-scale bronze statue at Camp Lejeune.
10: Sgt. Maj. Brad Kasal
Originally an assaultman, Sgt. Maj. Kasal is not smiling as he reads this, because he's busy readying Marines for the punishing trials of warfare, and you're trying to distract him with stupid internet bullshit.
Correction: The choice of photo does not show Sgt. Maj. Brad Kasal. It is Conan the Destroyer. Duffel Blog regrets the error.