Attrition: When You Leave the Marines, You Don't


March 17, 2007: The U.S. Marine Corps recently offered an additional $10,000 bonus for those who would re-enlist for three years (if they have more than 20 years service) or four years (if they have less than 20). As a result, many many marines who had recently left the service, inquired if they could reconsider that decision. Turns out that, for 90 days after you leave the marines, you are still technically an active duty marine. And thus you are eligible to re-enlist, and get the bonuses. Another potential benefit is that you can get the $10,000 tax free, if you re-enlist while in a combat zone.

The bonuses are part of a program to keep experienced marines, in order to carry out a 12 percent expansion of the Marine Corps that was authorized by Congress last year. To do that, experienced marines are needed to train the new recruits, and lead the new units that are being formed with those 22,000 new troops. The marines continue to exceed their goals in bringing in new recruits. But to get experienced NCOs, you have to get more of your best people to re-enlist.


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