FY15 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM

Date Signed: 12/17/2013

MARADMINS Active Number: 662/13

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SUBJ/FY15 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM//
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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.//
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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.//

  • milty

    Can a marine that has an EAS prior to 14 OCT 2014 veerp? With the FY15

    • NINJA_PUNCH

      As long as it’s between 1 Oct 2014, and 30 Sep 2015, you can use the FY15 VEERP, otherwise you’ll need to go back to the 2014, or wait for the 2016.

      • milty

        Thanks alot. Ill be going back to the 14 then since I have a june 2014 EAS

  • tyson33

    If I have an eas of 18 October 2014 and submitted my veerp for 9 May 2014, is that an issue? It is 162 days, so it does not need to go to a General Officer. But the issue would be the timeline to submit it. It says it must be submitted to HQMC 180 days from the requested eas. Is there any way to know if it will get approved or denied for that reason?

    • letanmil@gmail.com

      Yes, your package will be returned to you approved. If you dont get your veerp package back. Then its still pending approval.

      • S.

        Hey buddy, you used your email address as a username. Are you sure you want to tell everyone what your email is?

  • TLCPL

    I’m putting in for this verp but I am pending legal in S.C. can it still be accepted? Plz say yes haha

    • NINJA_PUNCH

      I would be very surprised. Once the legal action is completed you might be able to get a VEERP package approved, but they won’t approve it if you still have legal proceedings pending.

      • TLCPL

        Well this will be my second njp and I’ll most likely get kicked out or my pros and cons will be below 4.0 4.0 which I’m sure you know I can’t get the GI bill for college, because it won’t be an honorable. I’m still gonna try and go for this veerp its won’t hurt, but if I can’t get accepted, and I keep getting my court date pushed back to where its after my eas, can they still hold me in for still pending legal. Or will I still be able to get out and handle it in the civilian world. And still get my honorable?

        • NINJA_PUNCH

          They can and will hold you in for as long as it takes them to get your legal work done and then give kick you out. The marine corps will never pass up a chance to make your life miserable.

  • TLCPL#1

    If I don’t have a replacement yet and there is only myself and another marine with my mos in my entire squadron can I still get approved?

    • NINJA_PUNCH

      It’s not very likely. The point of the VEERP program is to reduce the number of marines without impacting “mission readiness”. So if you’re in a very small MOS, your chances of being approved are very small. That said, it’s still possible that you could be approved so I would still definitely apply.

      Safety and Peace

      • TLCPL#1

        Damn. Thank you for the quick reply. Overall there are a lot of people in my mos my unit only rates 2 though. ..

        • NINJA_PUNCH

          Well, like I said, it couldn’t hurt to apply for it.

  • AK

    Hello all,

    My current EAS is Oct 25, 2014 and I would like to submit for Aug 1, 2014 or perhaps earlier and take the 2 months of terminal that I have accumulated (yippie!). The stipulation is that I’m currently recovering from surgery that I had for a labrum tear. I am confident that I will be back to health within the next couple months. I have college aspirations and life goals that can’t afford for me to sit around for months and months on end awaiting a medical board. The verbage in the MARADMIN is “MARINES MUST BE TAP/TAMP COMPLETE AND MEDICALLY QUALIFIED PRIOR TO EARLY RELEASE.” I have asked for guidance and am being told that I can’t submit my VEERP package until I am back to a full-duty status. I presently have an follow-up appointment scheduled with the doctor that did my surgery for Mar 3 and am seriously considering trying to get put back on full-duty without actually being 100% healed. I’m not sure if he’ll agree to it or not but my current work environment is extremely hostile and it’s actually getting to the point where I think that the stress and bullshit is becoming a hazard to my mental health, which nobody seems to fucking understand.

    Any advice you can offer me?

    • NINJA_PUNCH

      That’s a tough one… I don’t really want to advocate trying to get put on full duty prematurely because of the risk of reinsuring yourself. That being said If you think you can make it 3 months or so until June (including your terminal leave then that might be well worth it.

      This is one where I can’t really give any advice. You’re going to have to decide whether you think putting up with 8 more months of the marine corps, or 3 months of being on full duty while recovering from surgery, will be the better option.

      Safety and Peace

      • AK

        Thanks for the response, man. I have a bit of an update since speaking with Admin today. They said that they will be able to submit my VEERP request but they’ll have to unfavorably endorse it because of the medical status and if I get put back on full, they can throw the addendum in there and favorably endorse it. Here’s the kicker. MOL says that I’m full-duty with no limitations and there isn’t any paperwork to the contrary (shady as fuck, right? Incompetence galore.) Part of me wants to bring it up to someone but since HQMC doesn’t physically see me and that the code isn’t there, what do you think the chances of getting my VEERP approved are, assuming no one catches that? The surgery is in my medical record and if I do the physical therapy, that’ll be in there too. Is that all I need to file for disability benefits?

        Jeez, man. I’m so confused…

        • NINJA_PUNCH

          When you go to TAPS they’ll have a day where you can get your disability claim started. Basically all you’ll need is that the surgery is in your medical record.

          In case you’re interested, here’s my guide to EASing. I think you’ll find it helpful:
          http://ihatetheusmc.com/how-to-get-out-of-the-marine-corps/

          Also, if I were you I’d just put in the package and hope for the best.

          Safety and Peace

          • AK

            Alright, man. I’m game. I’ll submit the package tomorrow and I’ve already printed that guide out and started making notes, haha.

            Thanks for the help, bud.

          • NINJA_PUNCH

            No problem. Let me know if you notice anything different when you’re checking out. I want to try to keep that guide up to date.

          • AK

            I had my EAS interview with the career jammer and CO. Afterwards, I went to Admin for a separations worksheet. They looked at me like I had just built a house upside down and got me a checkout sheet instead. Weird. Now, if my SSgt would route my fucking veerp, that would be really great. My OIC keeps trying to scare me by telling me that he’s going to unfavorably endorse my package and how it’s a privilege to veerp out. Any legitimacy to his threats or is he blowing hot air?

          • NINJA_PUNCH

            I’ve heard that things like NJP and just generally being considered a so-called “shitbag” by your command have a negative impact on you ability to use VEERP. I’ve never heard it from any official source though, so I can’t say if it’s true or not with any certainty.

            It seems completely backward to me (which, knowing the marine corps, probably means that it’s true). You would think that the VEERP would be viewed as an opportunity to get rid of all of the people who either 1) don’t like the marines, 2) are really bad at their jobs, or 3) are just generally disliked by their units. You would think that commands would be saying “Oh 3 NJP’s and 27 negative counselings? Let’s get him out of here now!” instead of pulling some B.S. about how you “don’t rate” to use VEERP.

            I know that most prison systems require you to be on good behavior in order to be eligible for parole… but you’d think the marine corps would try to differentiate itself from other prisons in at least some ways.

            Safety and Peace

          • AK

            Yeah, the oath of enlistment says nothing about making an effort to make sense lol. No NJP, 1 negative counseling, but my command is upset that I didn’t turn out to be their yes man robot motard. We’ll see what happens…

          • AK

            Alright what the fuck. It went through my SSgt but hasn’t made it past my Gunny (Div chief.) They’re saying that the formatting is wrong and isn’t in accordance with the correspondence manual, but the format and everything is direct from S-1(Admin) itself. My SSgt went to Admin before giving it to my Gunny asking if the format was correct and they said yes and that is the way they wanted the package. I’m being told that my package will get shot down by the AMO because I’m on limited duty still and that “we have bigger priorities than your early out package” but it says in the MARADMIN that MMEA has final authority. I’m fucking fuming right now. This is my future they’re putting on the back burner. Do I request mast? Talk to Admin?

            I don’t care what these idiots’ priorities are, but this shit is getting irritating.

          • NINJA_PUNCH

            Well, you already went to admin and they told you that the format was what you wanted. So I’d say request mast (we have a “How To” Article, under the “Resources” menu, and there’s also a direct link to it on the home page).

            One big thing I’d suggest is having a knockout reason why you need to get out quickly (starting college in the summer or fall semester, having a job lined up, something like that).

          • AK

            Update on my situation. Veerp is at HQ (I think), Admin said they sent it up 2 days ago and the change in EAS should be reflected in MOL by the end of this month. I also got accepted into an engineering program at the school I want to go to. Thanks for your help bro. It’s a pity (and a main point of contention) that Marines that are strangers over the Internet look out for each other better than active duty ones do.

          • NINJA_PUNCH

            Good to hear. Congrats!

  • Guest

    Should I request mast if my application has been sitting on my SNCOIC and OIC’s desk for two months? I am nearly fed up with my COC at this point. They have not been helpful and have already lost my paperwork twice now. They are also threatening to not recommend it so they can use me for small local operations (field ops) that are not required (aka NOT a deployment). Is this even possible? I read over the MARADMIN several times and it seems like it is only meant to not recommend if a deployment or MEU…

    • NINJA_PUNCH

      Really, what do you have to lose? Go have a chat with your Company and/or Battalion Commander and ask him if can tell your LT to get the package signed so you can be make preparations to get out and hit the ground running.

  • BK

    If my package is at HQMC but has not been approved can it be pulled back if i decided to stay in.

    • S.

      I am sure all you would have to do is talk to your 1st sgt. He gets cool points for getting people to reenlist. He would be all over it.

  • TJ

    Does the VEERP apply to Marines on the AR program?
    Thanks in advance.

    • NINJA_PUNCH

      I can’t say for 100% certain, but I don’t think so. It seems to be pretty blatantly referring only to marines who are on an active duty contract. That said, if you can try to get a hold of your career planner or someone in admin who might know, and ask them about it just in case.

  • tired33

    so i am in japan on udp and my career planer is no help at all he just keep saying he doesn’t work for the udp marines only permeant personal. and i am trying to veerp out in june or july at the latest idk what “paperwork” i need to fill out but no one is helping me out. where can i find this elusive paper work to get my package started so next month when i go home it won’t be to late to turn my package in and start the process and i miss my desired date of june. on an other note how long does the process take from start to finish?

    • NINJA_PUNCH

      To my understanding, the actual information that HQMC requires is very basic, but every unit adds their own spin to the paperwork, and their own additional information. Since your VEERP package would have to go through your parent command, the career jammer probably can’t really help you since the japan unit probably uses different paperwork. (Gotta love the well-oiled machine, don’t you?)

      Do you keep in contact with anyone from the States? Anyone who owes you a favor? Maybe you could get them to get the paperwork from your parent command’s S1 and mail them to you. At that point you could probably complete the forms and get the career jammer in japan to route them back to your parent command.

      I know it’s a hassle, but I’m not sure what else you could do.

      Safety and Peace

      • hooyut

        Could he request mast? Yeah that’s a little extreme but hell it would force someone to give him an answer.
        If you found the number for the career jammer at your parent unit and you hound him to hell and back I’d think he would get the paperwork sent over at some point…

        • NINJA_PUNCH

          I suppose he could do that. If he could talk to his commander, he might be able to get his parent command on the phone and get the S1 to send him the correct paperwork.

  • letmeout

    my eas is oct 18 and I’m trying to veerp to get out in june i have 30 days of leave well i wasn’t told about the veerp package until just recently and when i finished my package my first sergeant is saying that I’m to late due to the fact that i am ”cross fiscal year” and that requires 180 prior to the requested eas date, but it also says that it just needs enough time to make it to hqmc so they can do what ever man power. i was just wondering if that is cut and dry black and white or if they will let it slide due to the big push to get people out. and if it is a no way its cut and dry is there any way else to get out besides the veerp?

  • yeahyeah

    how long does it take to here back from hqmc after your veerp has been approved by battalion commander. its been two weeks for me and my mol hasn’t changed, besides that not changing when will i find out it got approved or denied?

  • Jesse

    Hi, I sent in a VEERP package that has been sent past my battalion over a month ago. Originally EAS was DEC12 2014 and I am requesting for JULY12 2014. I went through the MARADMIN multiple times with my 1st Sgt. Well the changed that’s been made with the MARADMIN, I was able to submit it. Long as it’s less than 180 days. (If more, need another recommendation from higher). I was recommended by IPAC to continuously check with my S-1 on a weekly basis to see the status of it. They told me that it’s been approved by everyone all the way up to HQMC, and it’s either sitting at HQMC pending approval, or has been approved, and waiting for it to reflect on MOL. Yesterday, I went up to S-1, and they gave me a checkout sheet and told me that I need to start checking out. So thus, I have been. Now, S-1 did tell me, regardless of when it is approved, HQMC will push pack the requested EAS date by 2 weeks (10 working days), so there is enough time to checkout. So my question is, now that it’s been at HQMC for over a month, how long would it take for me to get a response and/or reflect on MOL? In a worst case scenario, if it were to be denied, will I get some sort of notification?

    Also, S-1 told me it’s a 100% guaranteed approval. Due to the fact my MOS is over powered by MC and my unit (@ 113% capacity), and giving them my acceptance letter for college give me a huge advantage. Several of my friends have gotten there VEERP approved and are already processed out of the MC. One reflected on MOL a week later. Other reflected a month later.

    • hooyut

      Some advice i would offer you is to immediately get all of your checkout stuff done. That will make it more work for the marine corps to keep you. Get your checkout sheet done, get your TAPS classes done, get the VA dealt with, get your medical and dental records, turn in your gear. Even if they extend you that 10 days and everything is done it’ll be easy skating. Don’t procrastinate.

      • Jesse

        Yeah I’ve been getting everything done. I’m checked out of BAS and Dental now. TAPS has been done for a while now. Just need to finish off with CIF. I’m just curious on when it’s going to reflect on MOL. I start school AUG25th. And I wanted a solid month before I started school so I can get on my feet and a steady routine established. I’ll post any updates about it, and when/if it gets approved by HQMC. But thus far, it’s been a month for me. So anyone trying to VEERP, do it ASAP. Not one VEERP package in my unit has been denied. I know a total of 3 that have been turned it. (Take into account, my MOS and unit is overpowered). But I believe it’s fairly simple to get, given you have a the prerequisites.

        • hooyut

          Excellent, I hope it comes quickly. I would suggest talking to your company gunny or 1st sergeant if you continue to hear nothing. When I was dealing with admin my company gunny bulldozed it through. He was one of the few marines I will remember in a good light.

  • motivatedeas

    Sent up my VEERP in June of this year, came back approved on July 25th. About six weeks of waiting on the edge of my seat. You just have to be persistent. Call your 3 shop every single day. Remind them repeatedly to get the correct paperwork attached (big issue with mine). Counting down the days now, 26 (?) Left. Stay motivated, and above all else dont do something to screw it all up.

  • michel

    The maradmin for fy15 came out in december of last year 2013. When is the maradmin for VEERP FY 16 supposed to come out then??

    • Tyler

      I’m in the same boat at the moment, waiting for it to be released so I can try to get into school next fall maybe.

  • Tyler

    anyone know about veerp packages on an SDA(MSG)? I want to try for FY16 veerp if and when its released

    • Slave

      Im an MSG too, Im waiting for FY16 veerp to come out. There was a guy at my 2nd post who tried it and it was denied. Anyone thinking of being an MSG dont do it. Trust me.

    • Slave

      Same guy here, just talked with a buddy of mine. He said we can VERP off the program but higher ups make it hard sometimes. There was an msg who did it.

    • MSG

      Just wanted to point out,
      as a current MSG, I have had 2 veerp requests at my post. One for less
      than 180 days and one for more than 180 days. You guessed it, one was
      approved one was not. Here’s the deal, on the MSG program VEERPs are
      being approved if it doesn’t affect the 36 months on the program. So if
      you fulfill your 36 months (or really close too) and still have time left, you
      will more than likely get approval as long as you take the time to give a good explanation
      on your plans. Point out that you’re going to school, the start date
      coincides with your request to end date, etc. The more positive information
      the better. The Group CO is not denying every veerp, but he personally is
      briefed on every single one. And understand that the VEERP may help you
      get out early, but is not guaranteed.

  • justwannagohome

    So here’s my situation. My original EAS is in September 2015, and coming off a year FAP, I put in a FY15 veerp a few weeks ago for June 2015. It’s currently somewhere on my squadrons CO/XO/SgtMaj desk. I’m expecting it to go to HQMC soon, if not already, since its easily under 180 days.

    In my squadron, we only rate 2 of my MOS. The other guy, a SGT, i learned, submitted a veerp before me for FY16 and got denied. His EAS is sometime mid FY16, can’t really remember. When i turned in my package i was informed that my package was going to be “nonrec”ed and denied too because that would put us under unit readiness.

    Turn back time to a year ago, my veerp that was over 180 days never got past the staff. The CPL, that the SGT replaced, put in a veerp that i believe was under 180 days and got his approved. There was a good 5-6 month period, where it was only me in the squadron. And when i was put on a FAP, there was another 5-6 months where the were NONE of my MOS in my squadron. So here I am thinking the units readiness is a b.s reason to go against my veerp, add the fact that we were at 0% for a time. Any thoughts or advice on this and/or the probability of my veerp getting approved?

  • Fuckboi

    My veerp just got approved today. I started it back in January and it was being fucked around in my command until last tuesday the 5th when it finally went to HQMC and came back approved today, the 11th. All i can say is make fucking sure you sign your page 11 and that your s-1 routes that fucker up to HQMC with proof. I was told it was sent up a month ago and turns out it never was because i didnt sign my page 11… All in all it was worth the hassle since i only have 3 weeks left

  • Coolie

    Does anyone have information on how this works in regards to the reserves? My end date is June in FY16, and I’m sick of this, yeah it’s the reserves but a huge portion of shit gets spilled over into civvie life, if they haven’t outlined anything in regards to that yet oh well, thanks for your time guys and gals.

    • cplskater

      You should be able to request it man, I had a friend [a corporal] who requested VEERP and he got out early, so just talk to the right heads and you should be on your way out, and considering the reserves, I don’t doubt they will deny it, unless they just tell you to work your last two months but idk man. Doesn’t hurt to try. I’m going to try in a few months since I still have ’til next year.

  • Get me out1128

    If I am enlisted until 2017, how can I make sure not to miss a VEERP opportunity? Do we know if there will be a new version signed anytime soon?