MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. --
Former Marines looking to return to active duty will have to wait until January, 2012. The Marine Corps Recruiting Command recently concluded its Fiscal Year 2011 Prior Service Enlistment Program re-accession process.
“Marine Corps Recruiting Command brought back 14 former Marines who once again want to serve in the nation’s finest fighting force,” said Master Sgt. Rodney Garrett, PSEP chief, MCRC.
The typical prior service Marine is between the rank of sergeant and staff sergeant. From re-accession package submission to Headquarters Marine Corps’ decision, the process averages approximately two months; therefore, the Marine Corps stops accepting applications for re-accession to active duty near the end of July annually.
Per Marine Corps’ Manpower Policy, no prior service Marines can be accessed to active duty between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 annually, which is when active duty Marines compete for existing “boat spaces” or billets.
The boat spaces, or active Marine requirements, that go unfilled form the basis of MCRC’s PSEP mission and are released to MCRC for action on or about Jan. 1.
For former Marine’s patiently waiting for their chance to reenter the Corps, there are some guidelines that must be followed to be eligible for reenlistment.
“Former Marines must have a qualifying reenlistment code, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery score for their military occupational specialty of choice, physical fitness test score and be within Marine Corps height and weight standards,” said Garrett. “It is extremely competitive because these former Marines are competing for billets with Marines currently on active duty.”
In addition to these requirements, Marines must meet several other requirements, including age qualifications.
“Marines must have a constructive age not to exceed 35 years to be eligible for PSEP,” said Garrett. “Constructive age is a Marines actual age minus their time on active duty. For example, a Marine who is 40 years old and served 4 years active duty has a constructive age of 36. Therefore, that Marine is not eligible.”
These requirements are just a few of the many for someone interested in PSEP. Former Marines looking to ditch their business attire for a set of utilities again should contact their local recruiter for a complete list of PSEP requirements, visit Marines.com or call 1-800-MARINES for more information.