How to Prepare for the Marines

Filthy Little Hobbitses

Do you want to simulate your enlistment? Here’s what you have to do:

Go find yourself an incredibly insane hobo, the crazier the better. Pay this hobo with a bottle or two of some hard liquor, and have him chug both bottles before you begin. Now, have him scream unintelligible nonsense at the top of his lungs a few inches from your face, while you stand perfectly still. While standing still, scream “aye” at the top of your lungs, again and again and again and again, really, you can’t scream that word enough.

After this has gone on for a few hours, jump into the dumpster that hobo was living in and start scrubbing it “clean” with a toothbrush. Remember, that hobo should still be shouting in your face as you’re doing this, and you should still be screaming “aye” as quickly and as loudly as you can. Don’t be alarmed if that hobo starts screaming about how fat, lazy, stupid, or weak you are. We all know that he’s a tired old alcoholic with no future prospects and a past he
regrets, that just makes it that much more like the Marine Corps.

This should go on for a few days.

After the hobo kicks you out of his dumpster, calling you a bitch faggot as he does so, you should both take a breather by eating whatever food you can scrounge out of the discarded cans in the dumpster. Be sure to be very appreciative towards the hobo for giving you this time to eat. He’s such a nice guy after all, he only wants what’s best for you. Why do you make him yell at you like he does? You’re such a lowdown scumbag.

Once you’ve had a few minutes to eat what you could, it’s time to train. Goody! That stuff that you saw in MW3 will soon be happening to you! I’ll bet you can’t wait to win the medal of honor and make your parents proud. So, go grab yourself about one hundred pounds worth of trash bags, and sling them over your back. Then, run about ten steps down the alley, dive to the ground and slam your knees as hard as you can into the pavement. Get into the prone, and then get back up and do it again. Do this for a few hours, while the hobo follows you with a trash bag full of pillows on this back and he calls you a weak bitch for being slower than him. He’s such a hard ass that hobo.

After this has all been done, dump out all the trash out of your trash bags, and start organizing that shit! Everything must be in its proper place. The banana peels must not touch the pizza boxes, the diapers must be neatly folded into five by five inch squares, and the toothbrush that you used to scrub out that dumpster had better not be used! After you’ve spent a few hours making it perfect, have the hobo come over and tell you to move everything over to the next alley. He should also be yelling at you to hurry up as you do this.

Eventually, everything is ready, and your hobo can now inspect your trash. Stand rigidly in pride by your neatly arranged trash, it’s a reflection of you after all! The hobo should then glance at the pile of trash, and demand to know why you’re so dirty. Respectfully tell him that respectfully, you were respectfully running around an alley with a respectful amount of trash on your respectful back. The hobo should then point out that HE was running with you, and He’s not so dirty. Then respectfully point out that the mr. gracious hobo sir had not gone directly from that to organizing a pile of trash. This will set off the hobo like you just slapped his sister in the face with your dick and didn’t call her back.

The hobo will then yell something about “enjay pees” and “sixtyone oh fives” for a little bit, and you should feel ashamed for how blatantly disrespectful your comment had been.

Hell, if you want hardship that badly, just keep doing this for about four years. Remember, you can’t defend yourself from that hobo, nor can you quit till those years are up, or you’ll have committed a felony. Don’t worry though, you can tell all your friends that you’re living the hard life, what do they know about hardship? And the hobo will let you wear his old denim suit when you go visit your family once a year or so, you’ll turn all the she-bums heads as you strut through the ghetto. Stick with it for twenty years or so and you too can be just like that hobo, and you too can treat some kid like shit for booze.

Submitted by: “freeatlastfreeatlast”

FY15 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM

Date Signed: 12/17/2013

MARADMINS Active Number: 662/13

R 171750Z DEC 13
UNCLASSIFIED/
MARADMIN 662/13
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MP//
SUBJ/FY15 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM//
REF/A/MSGID:DOC/SECNAV/YMD:20120323/NOTAL//
REF/B/MSGID: MSG/CMC/011839ZJUL13//
REF/C/MSGID:MSG 2006/CMC/-//
REF/D/MSGID:DOC/CMC/YMD:20040824//
REF/E/MSGID:DOC/CMC/YMD:20070606//
REF/F/MSGID:DOC/N-13/YMD:20051220//
REF/G/MSGID:DOC/DFAS-KC-FSP/YMD:19950824//
REF/H/MSGID:MSG/CMC/292102ZJUN2009//
REF/I/MSGID:MSG/CMC/152049ZJUL2009//
REF/J/MSGID:WEB/VA/YMD:20101109//
NARR/REF (A) IS SECNAV APPROVAL OF VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM (VEERP) DATED 23 MAR 2012. REF (B) IS MARADMIN 325/13, FY14 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM (VEERP). REF (C) IS PERSONNEL ADMIN ADVISORY (PAA)06-06. REF (D) IS ONLINE MCTFSPRIUM. REF (E) IS MCO P1900.16, MARINE CORPS SEPARATION AND RETIREMENT MANUAL. REF (F) IS OPNAVINST 1900.4, SEPARATION PAY FOR INVOLUNTARY SEPARATION FROM ACTIVE DUTY WITH CHANGE ONE. REF (G) IS DFAS 7220.31R, MCTFS APSM. REF (H) IS MARADMIN 0389/09, POST 9-11 GI BILL ELIGIBILITY AND BENEFITS. REF (I) IS MARADMIN 0421/09, POST 9-11 GI BILL TRANSFERABILITY OF EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT, ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. REF (J) IS THE MONTGOMERY GI BILL WEBSITE WWW.GIBILL.VA.GOV.//
POC/L. REYES/MAJ/UNIT:CMC MMIB-1/-/TEL:DSN 278-9222//
POC/G.W.CALLAHAN/CAPT/UNIT:CMC MPP-20/-/TEL:DSN 278-9361//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. PURPOSE. THE FY15 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM (VEERP) IS A COST SAVINGS INITIATIVE THAT WILL PERMIT SHAPING AND SUSTAINING THE FORCE WITHIN THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE APPROVED BUDGET. THE PROGRAM REMAINS FOCUSED ON COST SAVINGS FOR THE MARINE CORPS AND IS NOT AN INDIVIDUAL ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM. THIS MESSAGE SERVES TO ESTABLISH THE AUTHORITY, ELIGIBILITY, AND PROCEDURES FOR THE VOLUNTARY EARLY RELEASE OF ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED MARINES WHOSE TERM OF SERVICE WILL EXPIRE DURING FY15 (1 OCTOBER 2014-30 SEPTEMBER 2015).
2. BACKGROUND. REFERENCE (A) PROVIDES THE AUTHORITY FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY TO ESTABLISH A VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM. THE FY15 VEERP WILL COMMENCE UPON THE PUBLICATION OF THIS MARADMIN AND WILL RUN CONCURRENTLY WITH REF (B) FY14 VEERP. MARINES APPROVED FOR THIS PROGRAM MAY SEPARATE NO GREATER THAN 365 DAYS PRIOR TO THEIR CURRENT EXPIRATION OF ACTIVE SERVICE (EAS). MARINES APPROVED FOR THE FY15 VEERP WILL BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR FULL ACTIVE SERVICE. THIS MARADMIN DOES NOT EXEMPT MARINES FROM COMPLETING RESERVE OR READY RESERVE OBLIGATIONS PER THEIR INDIVIDUAL SERVICE ENLISTMENT CONTRACTS.
3. ELIGIBILITY
A. ANY ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED MARINE WITH A FY15 EAS (1 OCTOBER 2014 TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2015).
B. MARINES MAY REQUEST TO SEPARATE NO GREATER THAN 365 DAYS PRIOR TO THEIR CURRENT EAS.  FY-15 VEERP AUTHORIZES MARINES TO SEPARATE CROSS FY (I.E. FY15 EAS ADJUSTED TO FY14).
C. MARINES REQUESTING TO SEPARATE GREATER THAN 180 DAYS EARLY MUST HAVE AN ENDORSEMENT FROM THE FIRST GENERAL OFFICER IN THE CHAIN OF COMMAND. THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES ILLUSTRATE DIFFERENT HYPOTHETICAL SITUATIONS:
C1. A MARINE WITH AN EXISTING EAS OF 01 AUGUST 2015 REQUESTS TO DEPART THE MARINE CORPS ON 01 SEPTEMBER 2014. AS THE REQUESTED EAS DATE IS GREATER THAN 180 DAYS FROM THE ORIGINAL EAS DATE, THIS REQUEST MUST HAVE AN ENDORSEMENT FROM THE FIRST GENERAL OFFICER IN THE CHAIN OF COMMAND.
C2.  A MARINE WITH AN EXISTING EAS OF 31 MARCH 2015 REQUESTS TO DEPART THE MARINE CORPS ON 15 SEPTEMBER 2014. AS THE REQUESTED EAS DATE IS LESS THAN 180 DAYS FROM THE ORIGINAL EAS DATE, THIS REQUEST CAN BE FORWARDED WITHOUT A GENERAL OFFICER ENDORSEMENT.
D. MARINES MUST NOT BE STABILIZED FOR DEPLOYMENT AT THE TIME OF REQUESTED EARLY RELEASE (NEW EAS). ADDITIONALLY, MARINES NOT STABILIZED BUT POSSESSING OBLIGATED SERVICE TO MEET FUTURE DEPLOYMENT DEMAND WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.
E. MARINES ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND MANDATED PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING PER TITLE 10 USC 1142. MARINES MUST BE TAP/TAMP COMPLETE AND MEDICALLY QUALIFIED PRIOR TO EARLY RELEASE.
F. MARINES MUST BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN HONORABLE OR GENERAL (UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS) DISCHARGE CHARACTERIZATION AT TIME OF EARLY RELEASE.
G. INDIVIDUAL REQUESTS LESS THAN 180 DAYS MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA THE ADCON ENDORSING CHAIN OF COMMAND  (BATTALION/SQUADRON).  REQUESTS GREATER THAN 180 DAYS MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA THE ENDORSING CHAIN OF COMMAND TO INCLUDE GENERAL OFFICER ENDORSEMENT TO BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE.
H. MARINES CURRENTLY SERVING AS PERMANENT RESIDENT ALIENS, IN ANTICIPATION OF GAINING UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP, MUST HAVE SERVED A MINIMUM OF THREE YEARS ACTIVE SERVICE AT THE TIME OF EARLY RELEASE.
I. MARINES WHO HAVE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PRIMARY MOS’S ARE INELIGIBLE FOR AN EARLY RELEASE GREATER THAN 180 DAYS FROM THEIR ORIGINAL EAS: 0211, 0321, 0372, 0689, 2336, 6314, 7257 OR 7314.
4. INELIGIBILITY. MARINES MEETING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FY15 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM:
A. MARINES WHO DO NOT HAVE A  FY15 EAS (1 OCTOBER 14-30 SEPTEMBER 15)
B. MARINES SCHEDULED FOR TRANSFER TO THE FMCR OR RETIRED LIST.
C. MARINES WHO ARE INDEBTED TO THE GOVERNMENT (TO INCLUDE ADVANCE AND EXCESS LEAVE). INDEBTED MARINES DESIRING EARLY SEPARATION CAN MAKE ACCELERATED REPAYMENT OF THEIR DEBTS BY INCREASING SCHEDULED INSTALLMENT AMOUNTS AND BY MAKING CASH COLLECTIONS TO REPAY THEIR INDEBTEDNESS. INDEBTEDNESS MUST BE ENTIRELY RESOLVED PRIOR TO EARLY RELEASE.
D. MARINES BEING RELEASED UNDER OTHER HQMC DIRECTED EARLY OUT PROGRAMS, E.G., EARLY RELEASE FOR EDUCATION, TEMPORARY EARLY RETIREMENT AUTHORITY, VOLUNTARY SEPARATION PAY PROGRAM.
E. MARINES PARTICIPATING IN THE NATIONAL CALL TO SERVICE PROGRAM.
F. MARINES CURRENTLY ON TERMINAL LEAVE AWAY FROM THE PERMANENT DUTY STATION (PDS) PENDING SEPARATION.
G. MARINES WHO MANIFEST SYMPTOMS OF POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER/TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND ARE UNDERGOING POST DEPLOYMENT HEALTH EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT CARE WILL NOT BE SEPARATED UNDER THIS AUTHORITY UNTIL THAT PROCESS IS COMPLETE OR A WAIVER OF TREATMENT EVALUATION HAS BEEN EXECUTED.
5. PROGRAM TIMELINE
APPLICATION PROCESSING WILL COMMENCE IMMEDIATELY UPON RELEASE OF THIS MARADMIN.  MARINES REQUESTING A NEW CROSS FISCAL YEAR SEPARATION DATE FROM FY-15 TO FY-14 MUST SUBMIT THEIR VEERP REQUEST IN ENOUGH TIME TO REACH THIS HQ (MMEA) NO LATER THAN 180 DAYS PRIOR TO THE NEW REQUESTED EAS DATE.  THIS SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS REQUIRED TO ALLOW MANPOWER PLANNERS TO GAUGE FORCE IMPACTS AS WELL AS MANPOWER MASTER PLAN ADJUSTMENTS.  MARINES REQUESTING NON-CROSS FISCAL YEAR SEPARATION DATES WILL SUBMIT THEIR REQUESTS IN ENOUGH TIME TO REACH THIS HQ 60 DAYS PRIOR TO THE NEW EAS REQUESTED DATE. THE 365 DAY EARLY RELEASE WINDOW IS DETERMINED BASED ON THE MARINE’S ORIGINAL EAS. ADDITIONALLY, THE MARINE MUST MEET ALL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA OUTLINED IN PARAGRAPH 3 OF THIS MARADMIN PRIOR TO EARLY RELEASE. UPON EARLY RELEASE, THE MARINE WILL BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE COMPLETED HIS/HER FULL ACTIVE SERVICE.  COMMANDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAXIMIZE THE USE OF THIS CROSS FISCAL YEAR PROGRAM IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE BUDGETARY SAVINGS AND FAVORABLY IMPACT MARINE CORPS ENDSTRENGTH GOALS.
6. COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS
A. HQMC (MP) MAINTAINS ALL POLICY ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROGRAM.
B. HQMC (MM) MAINTAINS FINAL APPROVAL AUTHORITY FOR ALL REQUESTS.
C. INDIVIDUAL MARINES MUST SUBMIT REQUESTS TO PARTICIPATE IN VEERP VIA THEIR ADCON CHAIN OF COMMAND.
D. IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT FULL PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM MAY RESULT IN SOME UNITS ACCEPTING TEMPORARY RISK BY FALLING BELOW HISTORICAL STAFFING LEVELS AS OUTLINED IN PREVIOUS VEERP MESSAGES. COMMANDERS’ SUPPORT OF THIS FORCE SHAPING TOOL IS CRITICAL FOR THE MARINE CORPS TO ATTAIN ITS 174K DRAWDOWN GOAL.
E. ADCON BATTALION/SQUADRON COMMANDERS WILL SUMBIT ALL VEERP PACKAGES TO THIS HQ (MMEA) FOR PROPER ADJUDICATION:
(1) ALL REQUESTS FOR FEWER THAN 180 DAYS EARLY RELEASE VIA THEIR MSC G-1 TO HQMC (MMEA) VIA NAVAL MESSAGE WITH THE REQUIRED VEERP SPREADSHEET ATTACHMENT.
(2) ALL REQUESTS FOR OVER 180 DAYS EARLY RELEASE WILL BE SUBMITTED TO MSC G-1’S FOR ENDORSEMENT FROM THE FIRST GENERAL OFFICER IN CHAIN OF COMMAND. MSC G-1’S WILL SUBMIT TO HQMC (MMEA) VIA NAVAL MESSAGE WITH THE REQUIRED VEERP SPREADSHEET ATTACHMENT.
(3) WITHOUT THE REQUIRED ATTACHMENT AND ACCURATE ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE PERSONAL IDENTIFIER (EDIPI), REQUESTS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. USE PROCEDURES FROM REF (C) TO TRANSMIT MARINES’ PERSONAL DATA. THE REQUIRED SPREADSHEET ATTACHMENT CAN BE FOUND ON THE MMEA WEBSITE IN THE DISTRIBUTION AND POLICY REFERENCE AREA AFTER LOG-IN TO THE PORTAL. CONTACT HQMC (MM) POC WITH SUBMISSIONS QUESTIONS TO ENSURE ACCURACY IN SUBMISSION PROCEDURES.
(4) COMMANDERS WILL RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF THE SPECIFIC DATE FOR SEPARATION ON THE SPREADSHEET WHEN ENDORSING A MARINE’S REQUEST FOR EARLY RELEASE. COMMANDERS ARE ADVISED THAT VACANCIES OCCURING FROM MARINES APPROVED FOR VEERP WILL BE FILLED AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE BASED UPON PRIORITIZED REQUIREMENTS.  TERMINAL LEAVE IS AUTHORIZED AT COMMANDERS’ DISCRETION.
(5) COMMANDERS WILL PROVIDE SPECIFIC JUSTIFICATION FOR INDIVIDUAL MARINES NOT RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM.  COMMANDERS UTILIZING STABILIZATION FOR DEPLOYMENT AS JUSTIFICATION MUST ENSURE THAT MARINES HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO MMEA FOR PROPER STABILIZATION AND DCC REPORTING.  FOR DEPLOYMENT PLANNING PURPOSES, MARINES DEPLOYING IN SUPPORT OF A MEU REQUIRE 15 MONTHS REMAINING ON CONTRACT WHILE UDP DEPLOYMENTS REQUIRE 12 MONTHS REMAINING ON CONTRACT. FAILURE TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS DOES NOT ALLOW THIS HQ TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS.
F. HQMC (MM) RESERVES THE AUTHORITY TO APPROVE/DISAPPROVE/RESTRICT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF EARLY RELEASE DAYS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE MARINE CORPS. MARINES OVERSEAS AND IN SOME PRIMARY MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTIES MAY BE RELEASED AT LESS THAN REQUESTED RELEASE AND/OR COMMANDER RECOMMENDED DATES. UPON HQMC (MM) FINAL APPROVAL, MMEA WILL REPORT THE NEW EAS/ECC VIA MCTFS UNIT DIARY ENTRY PER REF (D). COMMANDERS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF VEERP APPROVAL VIA DIARY FEEDBACK REPORT WITH HISTORY STATEMENT INDICATING APPROVAL FOR VEERP. NAVAL MESSAGE CORRESPONDENCE FROM HQMC (MM) WILL BE ISSUED AS REQUIRED TO ASSIST IN PROCESSING OR TO ALERT COMMANDERS OF APPROVAL  DETERMINATION CONTRARY TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE ADCON COMMANDER.
G. MARINES BEING SEPARATED UNDER VEERP WILL SIGN A PAGE 11 ENTRY FOR INCLUSION IN THEIR OFFICIAL MILITARY PERSONNEL FILE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THEY ARE A VOLUNTEER FOR THE PROGRAM AND THAT SEPARATION REQUIREMENTS WILL BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO EAS. EXAMPLE PAGE 11 ENTRY: I HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE FY15 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM. I UNDERSTAND THAT MY NEW EAS IS (YYYY/MM/DD). I HAVE BEEN COUNSELED ON THE CONTENTS OF THE FY15 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM MARADMIN AND UNDERSTAND THAT I WILL BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE COMPLETED MY FULL ACTIVE SERVICE. I UNDERSTAND THAT I AM REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ANY REMAINING RESERVE OR READY RESERVE OBLIGATIONS PER MY INDIVIDUAL SERVICE ENLISTMENT CONTRACT. ADDITIONALLY, I UNDERSTAND THAT PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING, TAP/TAMP AND MEDICAL SCREENING FOR SEPARATION MUST BE COMPLETE PRIOR TO MY NEW EAS.
H. UNIT DIARY ENTRIES REPORTING RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY OR DISCHARGE WILL BE SUBMITTED PER REF (D).
(1) THE SEPARATION PROGRAM DESIGNATOR CODE (SPD) FOR ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED MARINES BEING RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY IS MCC1, REDUCTION IN FORCE. THIS SPD APPLIES TO MARINES THAT HAVE REMAINING OBLIGATED SERVICE OR WISH TO TRANSFER TO THE RESERVES. REF (E), PARAGRAPH 6404.3 PROVIDES THE AUTHORITY FOR THIS SPD.
(2) THE SPD FOR ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED MARINES BEING DISCHARGED FROM ACTIVE DUTY IS KCC1, REDUCTION IN FORCE. THIS SPD APPLIES TO MARINES WHO HAVE COMPLETED EIGHT YEARS ACTIVE DUTY OBLIGATED SERVICE AND DO NOT WISH TO TRANSFER TO THE RESERVES. REF (E), PARAGRAPH 6404.3 PROVIDES THE AUTHORITY FOR THIS SPD.
(3) MARINES ALREADY DENIED FURTHER SERVICE WILL RETAIN THE APPROPRIATE SPD CODE AND MUST SUBMIT FOR SEPARATIONS PAY DETERMINATION PER REFS (E) AND (F). RELEASE OF REGULAR ACTIVE ENLISTED MARINES WITH MILITARY SERVICE OBLIGATIONS FROM ACTIVE DUTY WILL BE AFFECTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH REF (E).
J. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT COMMANDS NOTIFY THEIR DISBURSING OFFICERS/FINANCE OFFICERS (DO/FO) REGARDING EACH MARINES EARLY SEPARATION PER REF (G). THOSE ORGANIZATIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR SEPARATING MARINES ARE REQUIRED TO IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE DO/FO VIA A NAVMC 11116 OF THE PENDING SEPARATION. A NAVMC 11060 MUST THEN BE SUBMITTED TO THE DO/FO WITHIN 5 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE MARINE’S SEPARATION DATE.
7. RESERVE COMPONENT OPPORTUNITY. THE SELECTED MARINE CORPS RESERVE IS ACTIVELY SEEKING THE SERVICE OF SEPARATING MARINES WHO WANT TO REMAIN AFFILIATED WITH THE MARINE CORPS UPON TRANSITION FROM THE ACTIVE COMPONENT. OPPORTUNITIES EXIST FOR ADVANCED OR ADDITIONAL MOS TRAINING. DEPENDING ON MOS AND BILLET AVAILABILITY, AFFILIATION BONUSES MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR TRANSITIONING MARINES. INTERESTED MARINES MAY JOIN A UNIT BY APPLYING FOR THE DIRECT AFFILIATION PROGRAM (MARADMIN 419/13) OR REQUEST ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BY CONTACTING A RESERVE TRANSITION COORDINATOR (RTC). TO CONTACT AN RTC, SELECT THE NEAREST POC FROM THE LIST BELOW:
A. MCAS CHERRY POINT, MCB CAMP LEJUENE, MCAS BEAUFORT, AND MCRD PARRIS ISLAND: SSGT CECILIA GONZALEZ AT COM: (910) 450-6291.
B. MCB CAMP PENDLETON, MCAS MIRAMAR, AND MCRD SAN DIEGO: GYSGT ROBERT MARCHAND AT COM: (760) 763-3426.
C. OKINAWA AND MCAS IWAKUNI: SSGT BRIAN JOSEPH AT (011)81-611-722-6004.
D. NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, MCB QUANTICO, AND ALL OTHER LOCATIONS: GYSGT JEFFREY COCHRAN AT COM: (703) 432-9048.
AFTER REACHING THE EAS DATE, MARINES SEEKING ASSISTANCE WITH RESERVE AFFILIATION SHOULD CONTACT A PRIOR SERVICE RECRUITER AT WWW.MARINES.COM OR COMMERCIAL PHONE NUMBER 1-800-627-4637.
8. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. IN THE EVENT OF FUTURE RECALL, MARINES RELEASED UNDER THIS MARADMIN WILL BE CONSIDERED AS BEING IN THE SAME STATUS AS THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR OBLIGATED PERIOD OF ACTIVE DUTY.
B. ENLISTED MARINES SEPARATED UNDER AUTHORITY OF THIS MARADMIN MAY BE AWARDED THE GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL IF THEIR ADJUSTED EAS FALLS WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THEIR 3 YEAR GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL ANNIVERSARY DATE.
C. MARINES WHO ARE ENTITLED TO SEPARATION PAY UPON NORMAL EAS, WHO ELECT AND ARE APPROVED FOR EARLY RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY UNDER THIS MARADMIN, WILL RETAIN THEIR ENTITLEMENT TO SEPARATION PAY PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED SIX YEARS OF ACTIVE SERVICE PRIOR TO THE DAY OF EARLY RELEASE (NEW EAS) FROM ACTIVE DUTY. MARINES ARE REMINDED THAT EARLY RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY UNDER THIS MARADMIN COULD AFFECT THE AMOUNT OF THEIR SEPARATION PAY. REFS (E) AND (F) PRESCRIBE THE METHOD OF COMPUTING SEPARATION PAY. FURTHERMORE, IF EARLY RELEASE WOULD DISQUALIFY MARINES FOR SEPARATION PAY DUE TO LENGTH OF SERVICE CRITERIA UNDER THE LAW, MARINES WILL NOT BE RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY UNTIL THEIR SERVICE LENGTH CRITERIA HAS BEEN MET.
D. MARINES WHO ARE ENTITLED TO SEPARATION PAY UPON NORMAL EAS MUST SUBMIT FOR EARLY RELEASE VIA A SEPARATIONS PAY DETERMINATION REQUE ST IN THE TOTAL FORCE RETENTION SYSTEM (TFRS). ALL REQUESTS OVER 180 DAYS FOR EARLY RELEASE WILL BE SUBMITTED WITH AN ENDORSEMENT FROM THE FIRST GENERAL OFFICER IN CHAIN OF COMMAND.
E. MARINES ENTITLED TO SEPARATION BENEFITS ARE AUTHORIZED THOSE BENEFITS IF RELEASED UNDER THIS MARADMIN. AS A REMINDER, ELIGIBLE MARINES AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS DESIRING TO RETAIN TRICARE PRIME UPON SEPARATION ARE REQUIRED TO REENROLL IN TRICARE.
F. MARINES ARE REMINDED TO REVIEW EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS PRIOR TO PARTICIPATING IN VEERP. A LIST OF ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POST 9-11 GI BILL CAN BE FOUND IN REFS (H) AND (I). MGIB REQUIREMENTS ARE FOUND IN REF (J).
G. ENLISTMENT BONUSES OR SELECTIVE REENLISTMENT BONUSES WILL NOT BE RECOUPED FROM MARINES SEPARATED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THIS MARADMIN AS IT IS A FORCE SHAPING MEASURE.
9. RESERVE APPLICABILITY. THIS MARADMIN IS NOT APPLICABLE TO THE MARINE CORPS RESERVE.
10. THIS MARADMIN CANCELS ON 30 SEP 2015.
11. RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY LIEUTENANT GENERAL ROBERT E. MILSTEAD JR., DEPUTY COMMANDANT FOR MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS.//

How To Request Mast

How To Request Mast

Requesting Mast is the junior Marine’s ultimate defense against abusive superiors as well as being an excellent resource for marines who have unique issues that are not being adequately addressed by your platoon or shop. Unfortunately, while marines are told from day one that they have the right to Request Mast, most marines are never given any instruction regarding the procedure for how to Request Mast. This article is designed to correct this egregious training deficiency.

 

The first thing that should be addressed is what Request Mast is. According to NAVMC Directive 1700.23F (pages 1-2)

“Request Mast includes both the right of the Marine to communicate with the commander, normally in person, and the requirement that the commander consider the matter and personally respond to the Marine requesting mast. Request Mast provides a Marine the opportunity to communicate not only with his or her immediate commanding officer, but also with any superior commander in the chain of command up to and including the Marine’s commanding general… To be effective, Request Mast must have the wholehearted support of those to whom the leadership of Marines is entrusted. Anyone who attempts to deprive a Marine of the right to Request Mast, through either acts of omission or commission, will be subject to punishment under [the UCMJ].”

To sum up, Request Mast is a right not a privilege; your Commander is required to personally respond to you (although he/she doesn’t necessarily have to fix your problem), and anyone who tries to prevent you from Requesting Mast can be punished under the UCMJ. Also, contrary to what some marines may tell you, there is no right to request mast to the Commandant. Except in very rare circumstances your right to request mast ends at your immediate Commanding General. If you wish to go higher than your immediate Commanding General, that person may choose to honor your Request Mast or may choose to deny it.

Note: For this article, the term “Commander” refers to Company/Battery Commander, or higher. Basically, anyone who has the authority to NJP you. Your Second Lieutenant does not count as a Commander for the purposes of this article.

 

Now that we have a basic idea of what Request Mast is, we can move on to the procedure of Requesting Mast.

Step 1: Fill out a copy of NAVMC 11296.

Note: You DO NOT have to fill this form out on your own if you are not confident in your abilities with paperwork. Per NAVMC Directive 1700.23F (page 21) your unit must have someone assigned to assist in preparing this form. Under normal circumstances this will be your unit Sergeant Major, First Sergeant, or Admin Chief; however, this does not necessarily have to be the case. Check your “Troop Information Board” (probably located near the Duty desk) for your unit’s hazing policy and who your unit has assigned to assist in preparation of NAVMC 11296.

For those of you who feel confident in filling out this form, it’s fairly straightforward, but there are a couple of points that should be reinforced:

  1. In Block 8a, provide the NAME and BILLET of the Commanding Officer that you’re Requesting Mast to. i.e. if you want to request mast to your Battalion Commander, block 8a should read “Battalion Commander, Colonel [what’s his name]”. I know it seems like an obvious thing and I don’t mean to insult anyone’s intelligence; but frankly, it is easy to overlook so be careful to fill out the form correctly.
  2. In Block 8b, PROVIDE DETAIL. Give names, dates, witnesses (preferably witnesses who will agree with you and not sell you out). Also, if you’ve brought up your issue to your Sgt, or SSgt or LT, write that down too. Assume that your Commander is an idiot (who knows, it might be true) and break it down Barney-style for him/her.
  3. In Block 8c, tell your Commander exactly what you would like for him/her to do to fix your problem. Don’t just say “I’d like my problem fixed”, or just list something that you’d like to have happen that wouldn’t actually fix your problem. Say (for example) “I’d like for there to be a Company-wide Crack-down on Hazing so my NCO’s are aware that their behavior will not go unpunished.” Again, assume that your Commander is an idiot, and break it down Barney-style.
  4. Block 9 is fairly straight forward, but be sure to fill in the blank in the second line (The second line begins: “on this page (page 1) and ends on page ___ .”). If you have typed up your entire complaint on the form, write “1” in the blank. If you had to add a page write “3” in the blank (Page 2 is where your Commander will make his/her remarks, so don’t put “2” in the blank.)
  5. Part II (on page 2) is for your Commander. Don’t write in it anywhere. Part III (also on page 2) is what you will initial and sign after you’ve spoken to your Commander. Don’t write in it anywhere, until AFTER you’ve spoken to your Commander.
  6. (Optional) If you’re concerned about other Marines in your unit reading your Request Mast form, you can place it in an envelope marked “To be opened by Commanding Officer [Rank, Name] only”.

Note: You can type directly onto this form, and then print a completed copy. I would highly recommend this as it will make your Request Mast easier for your Commander to read, will let you make use of a spellchecker, and will let you go back and make corrections to make sure that your Request Mast says exactly what you want it to say.

 

Step 2: Make Your Immediate Superior Aware of Your Request.

This is possibly the least formal part of the entire process. Simply go up to your Fire Team Leader (or if your unit doesn’t work in Fire Teams, go to your Cpl, Sgt, or whoever is the next man up the totem pole from you) and inform them “I would like to Request Mast to [Insert your commander’s name here].” If your Fire Team Leader  is the person you’re having an issue with, go to the next person higher, and inform them that you’d like to Request Mast.

At this point your Fire Team Leader will likely say something to the effect of “Well what’s your problem?” or “Don’t Request Mast! Let’s solve this in-house!” This is actually a violation of a direct order. NAVMC Directive 1700.23F Chapter 2, Paragraph 2 (page 7) reads:

“Once a Marine expresses a desire to request mast, all efforts thereafter should be directed toward getting the Marine before the commanding officer to whom the petition is addressed. NCO’s, SNCO’s and Officers subordinate to the Commanding Officer shall not delay the Request Mast process in order to solve the problem themselves, but rather will focus their effort on making the Marine available to the commander.”

In short, you don’t have to tell anyone why you’re requesting mast (“I respectfully refuse to answer” is a good way to phrase it without being accused of being belligerent). You may also want to inform your Fire Team Leader that attempting to solve your issue “in-house” is actually a violation of the Request Mast order.

NAVMC Directive 1700.23F Chapter 5, Paragraph 1 Section c. (page 15) states that “In general, there should be no more than one working day delay from when the request is presented to when the Marine sees his/her commander.” While this isn’t an absolute guarantee, it is very likely that – if you Request Mast on Monday, you should be in front of your Commanding Officer before close of business on Tuesday.

Note: If you DID NOT fill out NAVMC 11296 by yourself, use that 24 hours to get in front of the whichever senior enlisted Marine your unit has assigned to help you get that form filled out.

 

Step 3: Meeting with your Commander.

Depending on your unit, you’ll likely be told to “report in” (The whole, “Good morning sir, [Rank, Name] reporting as ordered, sir.”). I’d recommend rehearsing that a couple of times just so you make a good first impression on your CO.

According to NAVMC Directive 1700.23F Chapter 3, Paragraph 4 (page 11) your commander’s roll in Request Mast is as follows:

“When considering Request Mast, commanders should focus their attention on the subject of the Request Mast and not necessarily on the requested remedy/outcome, as is too often the case. Often the two do not match, or the requested remedy in itself has no impact on solving the issue of the Request Mast. The onus on the commander is to seek clarification in such cases in which subject and outcome are not aligned, and to direct corrective actions accordingly to resolve the problem.”

Basically, if you haven’t done a good job filling out Block 8c of your NAVMC 11296 form, you may not get the desired result, because your commander will think that your suggestion won’t actually solve the problem. That’s why it’s important to think your problem through and make sure you come up with a solution that will actually fix your problem. Also, if you’re concerned about your superiors taking reprisals against you, make sure you bring that up to your Commander at the time and ask what action you should take if there are reprisals against you.

At the end of the meeting you’ll need to initial, sign and date the appropriate lines in Part III of NAVMC 11296.

 

Step 4: After the Fact.

After your Request Mast

If you’re issues have been resolved and you’re having no further problems, congratulations! You don’t need to read any further!

If  you’re unsatisfied with the results of your Request Mast, and feel that your issue hasn’t been resolved, you have the option to repeat this process with your battalion/squadron commander, regiment commander, and/or commanding general. Persistence is the key!

If you’re issue has been resolved, but other superiors are taking reprisals against you, I’d recommend that you keep a pen and pad of paper handy so you can write down when, where, and who was involved with any reprisals that occur, and then Request Mast again to report them.

Some things to take note of are:

  1. Superiors that you previously had no issues with, who are suddenly giving you hell.
  2. Suddenly being in every working party (being on a working party isn’t enough to be considered retaliation, but if you’re constantly getting put on substantially more working parties than before, you should take note).
  3. Suddenly finding yourself pulling Duty more often.
  4. You find that your pros/cons are substantially lower than before.
  5. Other ways where you are blatantly being singled out/humiliated.

Note: If you’re especially concerned about retaliation you could always buy a Voice Recorder and keep it in your breast pocket so you can record what your superiors say, and use their own words against them.

 

Step 5: Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures.

If you’ve tried all of Step 4, and you’re still having issues (either your issue still isn’t fixed, or reprisals are still being taken against you) it may be time for drastic measures. Drastic measures include:

  1. Submit an Inspector General Complaint
  2. Write letters to your congress members
  3. Make videos and put them on Youtube

The name of the game is perseverance. If you keep at it long enough, you’ll eventually win.

 

Safety and Peace