A recently signed MARADMIN indicates that certain jobs in areas like intelligence, aircraft maintenance, and combat arms field will no longer be eligible for bonuses by mid-April.
Military occupational specialties that have met their boat space goals for fiscal 2016 will have this year’s Selective Re-enlistment Bonuses suspended by April 10.
Marines in the 33 MOS’s on the list must act immediately if they want to cash in on selective re-up bonuses,” the Marine Corps Times reported.
The end of the drawdown triggered a series of administrative moves — and this is one of them.
The Times reported last month that as the Corps “closes in on the end of a years-long drawdown that involved shedding thousands of troops annually, there aren’t as many leathernecks to fill some of the most vital roles in the service.”
For this reason, high-demand and understaffed fields like reconnaissance and explosive ordinance disposal held steady with bonuses topping out at $51,000. A $59,000 bonus available to cyber security technicians is the highest payout. First-term Marines will only be eligible for bonuses in 55 MOSs this fiscal year.
The SRB amount represents a four-year commitment. The Times reports that as SRBs have declined, early-out programs have essentially shut down.
The list provided in the March 11 MARADMIN is broken down into SRB’s that will soon close for Zone A Marines, or those in their first term– and for Zone B Marines — those with 6-10 years of service.
On a more positive note, promotions have picked up in recent years. The selection of 4,274 staff sergeants last year was the second highest in a decade. Next month, the Corps plans to select close to 1,700 Marines for promotion to gunnery sergeant.
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