The U.S. Marine Corps recently
offered an additional $10,000 bonus for those who would re-enlist for three
years (if they have more than 20 years service) or four years (if they have
less than 20). As a result, many many marines who had recently left the
service, inquired if they could reconsider that decision. Turns out that, for
90 days after you leave the marines, you are still technically an active duty
marine. And thus you are eligible to re-enlist, and get the bonuses. Another
potential benefit is that you can get the $10,000 tax free, if you re-enlist
while in a combat zone.
The bonuses are part of a program to keep
experienced marines, in order to carry out a 12 percent expansion of the Marine
Corps that was authorized by Congress last year. To do that, experienced
marines are needed to train the new recruits, and lead the new units that are
being formed with those 22,000 new troops. The marines continue to exceed their
goals in bringing in new recruits. But to get experienced NCOs, you have to get
more of your best people to re-enlist.