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07-29-06, 06:35 AM
Marines expanding re-enlistment bonus program

By Jeff Schogol, Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Saturday, July 29, 2006

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Marine Corps is expanding its selective re-enlistment bonus program, offering higher bonuses to some in hard-to-fill jobs and increasing the number of jobs for which bonuses are offered, said Maj. Jerry Morgan, who runs the Selective Reenlistment Bonus Program.

The changes affect both first-term Marines and career Marines — those who have already re-enlisted at least once, Morgan said.

The award levels are based on a Marine’s specialty and time spent in the Corps.

“So, obviously, the harder it is to retain a certain MOS, the higher the bonus,” said Maj. Trevor Hall, head of enlisted retention.

Under the changes in the SRB program for fiscal 2007 outlined in MARADMIN 334/06, the bonus for first-term Marine air traffic controllers has been increased from $24,000 to $40,000, Morgan said.

Aviation specialties and other combat arms specialties will also see a boost.

In another change, Morgan said the maximum bonus has been raised from $45,000 to $60,000 for Marines in the following five military occupational specialities: counter intelligence, intelligence specialist, reconnaissance, explosive ordnance disposal and Middle East cryptologic linguist.

“These are some of the most difficult to retain MOSs,” he said.

Bonuses are also going up for Marines whose specialties involve tanks, amphibious vehicles and artillery along with Marines in “high op-tempo MOSs,” such as engineers and motor vehicle operators, Morgan said.

Overall, 190 MOSs will rate a Selective Reenlistment Bonus in fiscal 2007, up from 183 in fiscal 2006, he said.

The affected MOSs are listed in a Marine administrative message dated July 21, available at www.usmc.mil

The Marine Corps hopes to retain about 6,000 of the roughly 24,000 Marines approaching their first re-enlistment, Morgan said.

Of those Marines who re-enlist, up to 5,000 will be eligible for an SRB, Morgan said.

Hall said that 66 percent of Marines with between six and 10 years of service and 46 percent of Marines with between 10 and 14 years of service are also eligible for an SRB.

Officials did not have figures on how many Marines those percentages translate to but said the Marine Corps hopes to retain about 6,400 career Marines in fiscal 2007.

“The Marine Corps fully expects to meet the FY ’07 goals,” Morgan said.

Ellie