Behind the Cover: Four big re-enlistment changes

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This week’s Marine Corps Times cover story should strike close to home for tens of thousands of Marines preparing for that big decision: To re-enlist, or not?

Effectively immediately, the service has unveiled four big changes that will affect how the Corps’ re-enlistment process works. They’ll play a big role in retention decisions made this summer, when most Marines submit re-up packages. The Corps’ selective re-enlistment bonus rates for fiscal 2012 will be released by July 1.

I traveled to the 2011 Career Planners Conference in Tampa, Fla., last week to get the scoop, sitting through several briefs and interviewing several officials with Manpower and Reserve Affairs, including Maj. Gen. Angela Salinas, director of the manpower management division. The new plan comes in direct response to a challenge from Commandant Gen. Jim Amos to Manpower to make sure the service was keeping its best Marines, rather than those who submit packages first.

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I’m a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.

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