Military bonuses are not about throwing money recklessly at troops; bonuses are deployed in order to help allocate the military budget in a clear, deliberate way and thus build the most complete and powerful U.S. military force possible.
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A $15,000 Bonus for Selected Marines

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Even in times of military budget cuts and economic downturn, the military continues to offer a variety of military bonuses.

Military bonuses are not about throwing money recklessly at troops; bonuses are deployed in order to help allocate the military budget in a clear, deliberate way and thus build the most complete and powerful U.S. military force possible.

For 2010, the Marine Force Reserve offered $15,000 in re-enlistment and affiliation bonuses for Marines in selected fields, with the goal of building and retaining a diverse selection of Marines and creating the most effective force.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR MARINE BONUSES?

The $15,000 Marine Force Reserve re-enlistment bonus eligibility includes active-duty or Individual Ready Reserve corporals (IRR), sergeants, and staff sergeants in over 125 Military Occupational Specialties (MOS), including Marines in infantry, communications and artillery spots.

Enlisted active-duty and IRR Marines entering the SMCR, who retrain for a new MOS, are not eligible for the $15,000 bonus.

The $15,000 Marine Force Reserve bonus, directed to the first 300 Marines to sign up and re-enlist before September 30, 2010, also required Marines to sign a three-year contract with the Selected Marine Corps Reserve.

HOW MILITARY BONUSES SHAPE THE MILITARY FORCE

After years of manpower shortages due to high operation demands in Iraq and Afghanistan, by 2010 the Reserve finally came back to a higher manpower number of 39,600. New bonuses intended to fill essential gaps in Marine units including intelligence, logistics, explosive ordnance disposal, aircraft maintenance, and public affairs.

MARINE BONUS LIMITATIONS

Like most military bonuses, the $15,000 Marine Reserve Bonus has rules which maintain the integrity of the bonus' force-shaping goals, for instance, prohibiting military service members from switching between units without penalty.

These are the conditions where military service members will be responsible for re-paying the $15,000 Marine Force Reserve bonus: if you make a lateral move to another Military Occupation Specialty; transfer to another unit without pre-approval; support a unit other than your own on active duty for more than 90 days in a year; augment an active-duty, non-reserve unit; or become an Individual Mobilization Augmentee.



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