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Bonus dollars drying up for dozens of Marine Corps jobs

Jan. 18, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Reconnaissance men engage targets with an M240B medium machine gun near Camp Schwab on Okinawa, Japan. The 0321 military occupational specialty is one of five high-demand, low-density MOSs that are guaranteed to get re-enlistment bonuses in fiscal year 2015.
Reconnaissance men engage targets with an M240B medium machine gun near Camp Schwab on Okinawa, Japan. The 0321 military occupational specialty is one of five high-demand, low-density MOSs that are guaranteed to get re-enlistment bonuses in fiscal year 2015. (Cpl. Mark W. Stroud/Marine Corps)
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The Marine Corps has announced that nearly 100 specialties will stop offering re-enlistment bonuses in early February, including 75 specialties for first-term Marines with 17 months to six years of service.

The Marine Corps has announced that nearly 100 specialties will stop offering re-enlistment bonuses in early February, including 75 specialties for first-term Marines with 17 months to six years of service.

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The Marine Corps has announced that nearly 100 specialties will stop offering re-enlistment bonuses in early February, including 75 specialties for first-term Marines with 17 months to six years of service.

The bonuses will be suspended Feb. 8 as each of the military occupational specialties hits its fiscal 2014 manning targets, according to Marine administrative message 014/14, signed Jan. 10. Among the jobs that are closing is 0689 cyber security technician, which enjoyed this year’s highest payout, with Zone A sergeants taking home $60,750.

Those who re-enlist within 30 days of the release of the message are still eligible to take home thousands in cash, depending on their job.

The announcement of fiscal 2014 selective re-enlistment bonuses, released in late June, contained good news for some Marines as more specialties became eligible and a few took home more cash than the year before. The total sum of bonuses paid out, however, declined. That trend is expected to continue as the drawdown pushes ahead.

This summer when re-up bonuses are announced for fiscal 2015, Marines can expect to see fewer MOSs eligible. Those that are eligible will likely offer less money. That is the result of shrinking budgets, Col. Bill Tosick, head of the Manpower Plans, Programs and Budget Branch at Quantico, Va., told Marine Corps times in late December.

Manpower planners had $79 million to hand out this year. That will shrink to just $55 million for 2015, and about 80 percent of that budget will go to Marines in one of five high-demand, low-density MOSs that are difficult to keep stocked with qualified Marines. Those include 0211 counterintelligence/human intelligence specialist, 0321 reconnaissance man, 0372 critical skills operator, 0689 cyber security technician and 2336 explosive ordnance disposal technician.

Zone A (17 months to six years of service) MOSs closing to bonuses:

0161 Postal clerk

0231 Intelligence specialist

0241 Imagery analysis specialist

0261 Geographic intelligence specialist

0311 Rifleman

0313 Light Armored Vehicle crewman

0331 Machine gunner

0451 Parachute rigger

0651 Cyber network operator

0689 Cyber security technician

0847 Artillery meteorological man

1141 Electrician

1316 Metal worker

1345 Engineer equipment operator

2111 Small arms repairer/technician

2131 Towed artillery systems technician

2146 Main battle tank repairer/technician

2147 Light Armored Vehicle repairer/technician

2171 Electro-optical ordnance repairer/technician.

2311 Ammunition technician

2621 Special communications signals collection operator/analyst

2631 Electronic intelligence intercept operator/analyst

2651 Special intelligence system administrator/communicator

2671 Middle East cryptologic linguist

2673 Asia-Pacific cryptologic linguist

2674 European I (West) cryptologic linguist

2676 European II (East) cryptologic linguist

2887 Artillery electronics technician

3044 Contract specialist

4133 Morale, welfare, recreation specialist

4341 Combat correspondent

4641 Combat photographer

4671 Combat videographer

5512 Drum major

5821 Criminal investigator CID agent

5831 Correctional specialist

5939 Aviation communication systems technician

5951 Air traffic control maintenance trainee

6046 Aircraft maintenance administration specialist

6072 Aircraft maintenance support equipment hydraulic/pneumatic/structures mechanic

6074 Cryogenics equipment operator

6112 Helicopter mechanic, CH-46

6132 Helicopter/tiltrotor dynamic components mechanic

6156 Tiltrotor airframe mechanic, MV-22

6173 Helicopter crew chief, CH-53

6174 Helicopter crew chief, UH-1

6216 Fixed-wing aircraft mechanic, KC-130

6253 Fixed-wing aircraft airframe mechanic, EA-6

6276 Fixed-wing aircraft airframe mechanic, KC-130

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

6314 Unmanned aerial vehicle avionics technician

6316 Aircraft communications/navigation systems technician, KC-130

6317 Aircraft communications/navigation systems technician, F/A-18

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

6323 Aircraft communications/navigation/electrical systems technician, CH-53

6326 Aircraft communications/navigation/electrical/weapon systems technician, V-22

6333 Aircraft electrical systems technician, EA-6

6336 Aircraft electrical systems technician, KC-130

6337 Aircraft electrical systems technician, F/A-18

6338 Aircraft avionics technician, F-35

6423 Aviation electronic microminiature/instrument and cable repair technician

6432 Aircraft electrical/instrument/flight control systems technician, fixed wing

6433 Aircraft electrical/instrument/flight control systems technician, helicopter

6492 Aviation precision measurement equipment/calibration and repair technician

6499 Mobile facilities technician

6541 Intermediate aviation ordnance technician

6672 Aviation supply specialist

6694 Aviation logistics information management and support specialists

6842 METOC analyst forecaster

7011 Expeditionary airfield systems technician

7051 Aircraft rescue and firefighting specialist

7234 Air control electronics operator

7236 Tactical air defense controller

7257 Air traffic controller

7314 Unmanned aerial vehicle internal operator

Zone B (six to 10 years of service) MOSs closing to bonuses:

0261 Geographic intelligence specialist

0861 Fire support man

2336 Explosive ordnance disposal technician

2621 Special communications signals collection operator/analyst

2631 Electronic intelligence intercept operator/analyst

2671 Middle East cryptologic linguist

2674 European I (West) cryptologic linguist

4133 Morale, welfare, recreation specialist

5951 Air traffic control maintenance trainee

5954 Air traffic control communications technician

6042 Individual material readiness list asset manager

6282 Fixed-wing aircraft safety equipment mechanic, AV-8/TAV-8

6499 Mobile facilities technician

7257 Air traffic controller

Zone C (10 to 14 years of service) MOSs closing to bonuses:

0861 Fire support man

2336 Explosive ordnance disposal technician

2621 Special communications signals collection operator/analyst

2673 Asia-Pacific cryptologic linguist

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