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The new list of USMC bonuses includes several opportunities for incentives in the Marine Corp for 2020.

Also, the 2020 fiscal year begins October 1, 2019, so some bonuses appear to start last year, but they are still a part of the current fiscal year.

Often the Marine corps bonuses are related to Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) for both new recruits and those either staying in or making a lateral move into a high-demand field.

Therefore, there are two opportunities for bonuses in the Marines, and these opportunities fall into the categories of enlistment and reenlistment bonuses.

The first is when you first agree to be a Marine.  

The second is when your term is up and it’s time to decide if you wish to reenlist, often referred to as a re-enlistment bonus.

Check out the details below to find out more.

USMC Bonuses for Enlistment 

USMC Recruits close to receiving their first of the USMC Bonuses

A recruit may receive a bonus in two different ways at the beginning of their enlistment.

These bonuses are a Shipping Bonus and a MOS Bonus.

USMC Shipping Bonuses

One way to obtain a bonus at the beginning of your career is by agreeing to attend boot camp during a specific month.

First, if you agree to ship to boot camp during the months of December to May, you will receive a $3,000 bonus upon graduation.

Also, if you agree to ship to boot camp the other months of the year, you may be eligible for a $2,000 bonus.

To qualify, you must be eligible by meeting some expectations.

However, you must be at least 17 years old at the time of enlistment but under age 29.

You must be a legal resident, have your high school diploma, and pass a physical exam.

Furthermore, you must score at least a 50 on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT).

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USMC Enlistment MOS Bonuses

Another signing bonus that makes the Marine Corps bonus list is related to the Military Occupational Specialties (MOS).

Also, a recruit who joins and agrees to fulfill a specific MOS for the duration of their enlistment contract is eligible for this bonus.

MOS Bonus Amount
Electronics Maintenance$8,000
Supply, Accounting, and Legal$3,000
Information and Comm Technology$5,000
Cyber, Intel, Crypto Ops and Plans$2,000
Motor Transport$4,000
Infantry 6-year Option$5,000
CBRN Defense$7,000

Selective Retention Bonus (SRB)

USMC Reenlistment and USMC Bonuses

The Selective Retention Bonus (SRB) is an incentive for enlisted members to reenlist so the Marines may retain personnel with critical skills.

Typically, the higher USMC bonuses go to those positions that are the most difficult to fill.

The SRB in the Marines is calculated by taking into consideration the MOS, rating, and zones.

The zones are as follows and are related to active duty service:

  • Zone A- 17 months up to six years of service
  • Zone B – six to 10 years of service
  • Zone C – 10 to 14 years of service
  • Zone E – 18 to 20 years of service

Also, for each Zone, there is only one payment. If a service member receives a Zone A bonus, they would need to move to a Zone B bonus later.

For Marines who qualify for the SRB must serve in the MOS of which they received the bonus.

Also, for those who fail at this requirement may have to pay the bonus back.

However, there are some exceptions.

Kicker Programs for Selective Retention 

There are four kicker incentives for 2020 broken down by Zone.

The four kickers include the following:

  • Early Reenlistment Kicker
  • Aviation Maintenance Kicker
  • Air Traffic Controller Kicker
  • Squad Leader Kicker

Early Reenlistment Kicker

This bonus is available for those who reenlisted for four years by the end of September 2019.

Please note – the abbreviate LM indicates a Lateral Move Bonus, which we discuss in more detail in the following section.

Lastly, the following tables are the reenlistment Bonus Kicker for the different Zones concerning MOS and paygrade.

Zone A
PMOSE3E4E5 and Above
0241LM $28,000$31,500$35,000
0313 $6,400 $7,200$8,000
0352 $6,400$7,200$8,000
0365LMN/A $54,000$57,000
0372LM$40,000 $45,000 $50,000 
0844 $6,400$7,200$8,000
2336LM$40,000 $45,000$50,000
2611LM$40,000 $45,000$50,000
2631LM $14,400$16,200$18,000
2641 $6,400$7,200$8,000
3044LMN/A $16,200$18,000
3112 $9,600$10,800$12,000
4133LM N/A  $4,500$5,000
5821LMN/A $22,500$25,000
5951$26,400$29,700 $33,000
6492$6,400 $7,200$30,000
6694 $40,000 $45,000 $50,000 
7257$6,400$7,200  $8,000
 Zone B
PMOS       E5 and BelowE6 and Above
0321LM $45,000$50,000
0639$27,000 $30,000
0681LM NA35,000
0811 $10,800$12,000
1141 $10,800$12,000
1711LM$45,000 $50,000
1721LM$45,000 $50,000
2171 $10,800$12,000
2336 $45,000 $50,000
2611LM $45,000 $50,000
5821LM $31,500$35,000
6218$27,000 $30,000
6258 $27,000$30,000
6338 $27,000$30,000
6694 $31,500$35,000
7212 $22,500$25,000
7314 $10,800$12,000
Zone C 
PMOSE6E7 and Above
0241 $18,000  $20,000
0321  $27,000 $30,000
0629 $10,800 $12,000
0679 $45,000 $50,000
0681LM  $9,000$10,000
1711LM $45,000$50,000
1799  $27,000$30,000
1833 $9,000$10,000
2336 $27,000$30,000
6218 $18,000$20,000
6258 $18,000$20,000
6338 $18,000$20,000

For Zone E, the PMOS 0372 with a pay grade of E6 and above qualifies for an incentive of $50,000.

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Aviation Maintenance Kicker

For Marines from Corporals through gunnery Saregeants with qualifications in certain areas and who reenlist for 48 months may qualify for a $20,000 kicker.

These areas include:

  • Safe For Flight (SFF) Controller
  • Collateral Duty Inspector (CDI)
  • Collateral Duty Quality Assurance Representative (CDQAR)
  • Quality Assurance Representative (QAR)

In this case, there must be an agreement the Marine will stay in a specific field for the first two years of the new contract.

Air Traffic Controller Kicker

Air Traffic Controller - USMC Bonuses

Any Marine if Zone A or B who is an Air Traffic Controller as a primary MOS I eligible for a $20,000 kicker as long as the reenlistment is for 48 months.

Also, this kicker is in addition to the MOS bonus listed in the charts above.

Squad leader Kicker

There are two retention USMC Bonuses that focus on Marines serving as Sqaurd Leaders in the Infantry that include a bonus of $20,000.

Also, this bonus is in addition to the MOS reenlistment kicker in the charts above.

The first is the Squad Leader Development Program is or Marines who reenlist for 48 months additional service time and makes a lateral move as a squad leader.

Lastly, the second lateral move in this category is the Squad Leader OpFor kicker.

Lateral-Move Bonus

The Lateral Move Bonus information is included in the reenlistment details.

If a service member agrees to change their MOS over their military career, they must both complete the school or training related to the new MOS.

Furthermore, the contract of service must be fulfilled to avoid re-payment.

The lateral move program allows Marines to either stay in their MOS or move to a different area.

Some MOS’s are closed for reenlistment.

Therefore, when a MOS is closed, and a Marine wishes to continue service, they need opportunities to find something they enjoy doing.

Furthermore, the Lateral Move Initiative allows Zone A Marines to reenlist for 72 months.

Those Marines who do take the 72 months in addition to one of the Lateral Move listed in the chart above for Zone A will receive an additional 40,000 bonus. 

However, the Lateral Move Initiative cannot be combined with another kicker.

Also, the Lateral Moves listed in the reenlistment USMC bonuses section are a push for specific fields to move into areas such as Intelligence or Cyber Defense.

Lastly, a lateral move does depend on qualifications, including the ASVAB score. If your score is low, however, you may retake the test.

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There is more than one opportunity to earn a bonus in the Marine Corps.

At the beginning of your military career, there are enlistment incentive USMC bonuses.

One of these enlistment incentives is called a Shipping Bonus.

The other is a MOS bonus, which is related to the career field you agree to enter.

Also, the Marines prefer to retain personnel in specific career areas, and they look for Marines with the necessary skills.

The amount of the bonus depends on the job itself as well as the years of service.

This bonus is called the Selective Retention Bonus.

Also, under the umbrella of Selective Retention Bonus are four kicker programs.

These kicker programs include early reenlistment and look for Marines in the area of Aviation Maintenance, Air Traffic Controller, and Squad Leaders.

The Kicker Bonuses are useful to give an added incentive, on top of the retention USMC bonuses, to fill a specific MOS with highly-skilled Marines.


Jeff E.
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