Recruiting Station Ohio
Sergeant Major Ryan N. McCrary

Sgt. Maj. McCrary is from Fredericksburg, Virginia.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2002, and upon completion of Personnel Administrative School he was assigned the Military Occupational Specialty of 0151, Administrative Clerk.

After completing his basic school, he reported to 4th Marine Regiment, Okinawa, Japan.  During this tour, he deployed to Thailand in support of Cobra Gold, and the Philippines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  He was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Pfc. and Lance Cpl.  McCrary then received orders to Weapons Training Battalion, Quantico, Virginia.

From 2005 to 2007, McCrary served as Administrative Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of the Battalion S-1.  During this tour, he completed Corporals Course and Sergeants Course and then received orders to Drill Instructor School class 1-08, MCRD San Diego, California.

McCrary completed Drill Instructor School in December 2008 where he was assigned as a Drill Instructor with Company H.  He completed 10 cycles serving as a Drill Instructor, Experienced Drill Instructor, and Senior Drill Instructor.  During this tour, he was selected as the Regimental Drill Instructor of the Quarter, Battalion Drill Instructor of the Quarter, and Gunny Nichols award recipient for the best new Drill Instructor.  After a successful tour, McCrary was selected for Staff Sgt. and received orders to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28, aboard Cherry Point, North Carolina.

From 2010 to 2013, McCrary served as an Administrative Chief.  He attended the Advanced Administrative Specialist Course and Career Course, where he was selected as the Honor Graduate.  In 2012, he was selected to serve on an Advisor Team where he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Sergeant Major McCrary returned from deployment in November 2013 and received orders to the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Quantico, Virginia, for duty.

Upon checking in to the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, McCrary attended the Faculty Advisor Course and was assigned to instruct at Sergeants Course.  During this tour,  he was promoted to Gunnery Sgt, instructed nine Sergeants Course classes, served as the Corporals Course cadre for the East Coast, Faculty Advisor, and Chief Faculty Advisor for Sergeants Course.  McCrary also served as Sergeant Instructor and Platoon Sergeant during 4 summer cycles at Officer Candidate School.  In 2016, McCrary was screened and selected to serve as the Operations Chief for the office of the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.

From 2016 to 2019, McCrary served in the office of the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. During this tour, he attended Advanced Course where he was selected as the Honor Graduate.  In July 2019, McCrary was promoted to 1st Sgt. and was assigned orders to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines where he served as the Company First Sergeant for Company G.
During his tour with Second Battalion, 4th Marines, McCrary deployed to Okinawa in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit as the Mechanized Company aboard the USS Germantown.  McCrary participated in numerous exercises such as MAGTF Warfighting Exercise, Mountain Warfare Exercise in Bridgeport, California, and Summer Fury.  McCrary attended and graduated from the Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education course and subsequently received orders to Headquarters Battalion, First Marine Division where he served as the Company First Sergeant for Headquarters Company.

In February 2023, McCrary was promoted to his current rank and received orders to Recruiting Station Ohio where he currently serves.

McCrary has an Associate's Degree from Central Texas College.  His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (x2), Navy Commendation Medal (x3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (x3), and Combat Action Ribbon. 

4th Marine Corps District