Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774 perform maintenance on a CH-46E helicopter in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Re-enlistment bonuses in 20 jobs — including 6112 helicopter mechanic, CH-46 — have dried up as Manpower officials hit fiscal 2013 retention goals. (Master Sgt. Chris W. Cox / Marine Corps)
Nearly two dozen more jobs are set to close to re-enlistment bonuses as they hit manning goals for the fiscal year.
By mid-March, the Marine Corps will stop offering thousands of dollars to troops who re-enlist in one of 20 military occupational specialties listed in a recently released Marine administrative message.
Marines hoping to cash in must act now.
Jobs in aircraft maintenance, unmanned aerial vehicles and artillery are just a few of the jobs to no longer offer bonuses, according to MARADMIN 079/13, signed Feb. 14.
MOSs that have met their "boat space" goals will have their fiscal 2013 Selective Re-enlistment Bonuses suspended 30 days from the release of the MARADMIN, making March 15 the deadline.
Marines whose jobs are already closed, or who miss the 30-day deadline, are reminded that if they are willing to make a lateral move, there are still many jobs open that offer generous signing bonuses. Despite being five months into the fiscal year, for example, there are still 116 MOSs with open boat spaces for Zone A Marines who have served between 17 months and six years.
Marine officials have also said repeatedly that many of the service's high-demand, low-density MOSs continue to offer not only generous bonuses, but substantial career opportunities. Those jobs include:
• 0211 — Counterintelligence/human intelligence specialist
• 0321 — Reconnaissance man
• 2336 — Explosive ordnance disposal technician
Because those fields struggle to meet manning needs, Marines joining those jobs can easily take home tens of thousands of dollars. Marines in the 0211 intelligence field receive nearly $70,000 to re-enlist, while recon and EOD Marines take home $40,000.
For the most up-to-date info on which MOSs remain open, how many boat spaces remain, and what bonuses they offer, Marines should speak with their unit career planner.
VANISHING RE-UP BONUSES
The following military occupational specialties will no longer be eligible for bonuses by mid-March. 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.
0313: LAV crewman
2171: Electro-optical ordnance repairer/technician
5954: Air traffic control communications technician
6112: Helicopter mechanic, CH-46
6116: Tiltrotor mechanic, MV-22
6124: Helicopter power plants mechanic, T-400/T-700
6173: Helicopter crew chief, CH-53
6174: Helicopter crew chief, UH-1
6276: Fixed-wing aircraft crew chief, KC-130
6842: METOC analyst forecaster
7314: Unmanned aerial vehicle internal operator
Zone B — Marines with six to 10 years of service.
0231: Intelligence specialist
0659: Cyber systems chief
2676: European II (East) cryptologic linguist
2887: Artillery electronics technician
6317: Aircraft communications/navigation systems technician, F/A-18
6386: Aircraft electronic countermeasures systems technician, EA-6B
6694: Aviation logistics information management and support specialists
Zone C — Marines with 10 to 14 years of service.
0861: Fire support man
Source: MARADMIN 079/13