With force reductions coming, some Marines may face uncertain futures

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 01:37 PM.

For those Marines who want nothing more than to stay in the Corps, Hardy said they have to become more competitive and continue getting promoted. Boat spaces are shrinking, and the few that are available are filling up more quickly than they have in the past.

Six years ago, every Marine received at least $10,000 for re-enlisting, Hardy said, but for Fiscal Year 2013, which began in October, many of the Corps’ military occupational specialties will not be offering a monetary incentive for a Marine’s decision to re-enlist. Those that are offering money are considered critical positions — like explosive ordnance disposal and military intelligence — and those that if the Marine were to do that same job in the civilian sector, they would make much more money.

Additionally, Marines with prior service planning on returning to active duty will not be allowed to do so until January, according to a July Marine Administrative Message.

The Marine Corps has seen reductions after most major conflicts, with the most dramatic being after World War II, when a force of 475,000 Marines shrunk to 75,000 over a period of five years. 

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