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United States Marine Corps Enlistment Bonuses

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Bonus Recoupment

The unearned portion of the bonus may be recouped in case of early discharge of bonus recipients, loss of qualifications or failure to serve in the skill for which the bonus was paid. A Marine who voluntarily or because of misconduct does not complete the term of enlistment for which the bonus was paid, or a Marine who is not technically qualified in the skill for which a bonus was paid (except those not qualified because of injury, illness, or other impairment not the result of misconduct), shall refund that percentage of the bonus that represents the unexpired part of the total enlistment period for which the bonus was paid.

Marines will be considered not technically qualified in the bonus MOS when they are no longer classified in that MOS, when the MOS is removed from their records, or when current or future assignment in that MOS is precluded for any of the following reasons within their control:

    (1) Refusal to perform certain duties required for effective performance in the MOS when the member had volunteered for such duties in writing prior to accepting the bonus.

    (2) Disciplinary action taken under the UCMJ or civil court conviction when such action renders the individual unqualified for future performance in the MOS.

    (3) Injury, illness, or other impairment resulting from misconduct, as established through existing line of duty determination procedures, which interferes with effective performance in the MOS.

    (4) Loss of the security clearance required for the MOS.

Marines will not be required to forfeit any portion of their bonus when they are no longer classified or assigned in the bonus MOS, for any of the following reasons:

    (1) Humanitarian reassignment to other duties.

    (2) Service directed utilization in another military specialty to meet CONUS/overseas, sea/shore rotation, or other mission essential requirements.

    (3) Loss of security clearance through no fault of the member.

    (4) Injury, illness, death, or other impairment not the result of the member's own misconduct.

    (5) Honorable separation at the convenience of the government (COG) for reasons such as medical conditions preexisting service, medical retirements, reduction in force, and hardship.

    (6) During the period of pregnancy (except when discharged) when it is determined by competent medical authority, that continued assignment in that MOS would be injurious to the mother and/or child.

    (7) Failure to attain a higher standard of technical qualification required for effective performance in the military specialty that is established subsequent to payment of a bonus.

    (8) Successful completion of an officer commissioning program.

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