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Re-up bonuses fading in many MOSs

Nov. 19, 2012 - 08:32AM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 19, 2012 - 08:32AM  |  
An electro-optical ordnance repairman checks the wires of a machine at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Marines in the 2171 military occupational specialty with 10 to 14 years service must act immediately if they want a bonus to re-enlist.
An electro-optical ordnance repairman checks the wires of a machine at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Marines in the 2171 military occupational specialty with 10 to 14 years service must act immediately if they want a bonus to re-enlist. (Cpl. Michelle Watson / Marine Corps)
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Barely one month into the new fiscal year, bonus money to re-enlist is drying up quickly. Those wanting to take home cash must act now.

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Barely one month into the new fiscal year, bonus money to re-enlist is drying up quickly. Those wanting to take home cash must act now.

Jobs in the communications, aircraft maintenance, avionics and signal intelligence fields among others — 15 MOSs in all — will no longer be eligible for bonuses by the end of the month, according to Marine administrative message 626/12, signed Nov. 1.

MOSs that have met their "boat space" goals for fiscal 2013 will have their fiscal 2013 Selective Re-enlistment Bonuses suspended 30 days from the publication of the MARADMIN. That makes Nov. 30 the deadline.

But Marines looking to secure bonuses in their MOSs aren't the only ones who should re-up quickly, according to Manpower and Reserve Affairs officials at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Even Marines in MOSs without bonuses could find themselves with limited options and faced with the decision of leaving the service or pursuing a lateral move into an in-demand field.

More than a dozen jobs are already closed, and 26 more are expected to fill up over the next six weeks, meaning at least 41 MOSs will likely be shut to re-enlistment by mid-December, according to Lt. Col. Rory Quinn, head of the Enlisted Retention Section at Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Officials have not yet released the list of specific MOSs likely to hit manning targets in the weeks to come.

Marines in closed MOSs aren't the only ones who may want to consider a lateral move. Switching into a low-density, high-demand MOS, where Marines perform critical functions but undergo lengthy, expensive and rigorous training, could yield substantial career and monetary benefits.

Fields that are consistently undermanned and present lateral move opportunities for qualified Marines include:

• 0211: Counterintelligence/human intelligence specialist

• 0321: Reconnaissance man

• 2336: Explosive ordnance disposal technician

Because those fields are chronically undermanned, Marines joining the 0211 community can take home nearly $70,000. Reconnaissance and EOD Marines can take home $40,000, according to Manpower officials.

Vanishing bonuses

The following military occupational specialties will no longer be eligible for bonuses by the end of November. Marines wanting to re-enlist and take home thousands in cash should act immediately.

Zone A — Marines with 17 months to six years of service.

2847: Telephone systems/personal computer intermediate repairer

2871: Test measurement and diagnostic equipment technician

4133: Marine Corps Community Services Marine

5951: Aviation meteorological equipment technician

6152: Helicopter airframe mechanic, CH-46

6172: Helicopter crew chief, CH-46

6213: Fixed-wing aircraft mechanic, EA-6

6313: Aircraft communications/navigation/radar systems technician, EA-6

6322: Aircraft communications/navigation/electrical systems technician, CH-46

6386: Aircraft electronic countermeasures systems technician, EA-6B

Zone B — Marines with six to 10 years of service.

2621: Special communications signals collection operator/analyst

5952: Air traffic control navigational aids technician

Zone C — Marines with 10 to 14 years of service.

2171: Electro-optical ordnance repairer/technician

2621: Special communications signals collection operator/analyst

2676: European II (East) cryptologic linguist

Source: Marine Corps

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