News: First Civ Div comes early to some Marines
Story by Lance Cpl. Cayce Nevers
IWAKUNI, Japan - Marines worldwide are now offered the chance for an early end to active service. Marine Administrative Message 371/12 was released July 12, 2012, announcing the fiscal year 13 Voluntary Enlisted Early Release Program.
“The FY13 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,” stated MARADMIN 371/12.
The VEERP provides Marines the opportunity to end their active service up to a maximum of 365 days earlier than their original date.
“Marines with an FY13 EAS [1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013] are authorized to request separation on or after 1 October 2012,” according to MARADMIN 371/12. “Marines requesting to separate greater than 90 days early must have an endorsement from the first general officer in the chain of command for major subordinate command visibility of staffing impacts.”
Marines are required to take the mandatory pre-separation class and be medically cleared before their requested early EAS date.
Marines requesting an early EAS need to meet other requirements as well.
“Marines must be eligible for an honorable or general [under honorable conditions] discharge characterization at time of early release,” MARADMIN 371/12 stated. “Individual requests must be submitted via ADCON battalion/squadron commanding officer with endorsement to be considered eligible. Marines currently serving in anticipation of gaining United States citizenship must have served a minimum of three years active service at the time of early release.”
There are also requirements for Marines which will make them ineligible for the program.
“Marines meeting any of the following conditions are ineligible to participate in the FY13 Voluntary Enlisted Early Release Program: Marines who do not have an FY12 or FY13 EAS date,” stated MARADMIN 371/12. “Marines scheduled for transfer to the [Fleet Marine Corps Reserve] or retired list, 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.”
Other reasons Marines can become ineligible are for Marines who are being released under other early-out programs, Marines who are participating in the National Call to Service Program, Marines who are on terminal leave and Marines who have symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Traumatic Brain Injury and are currently going through treatment or evaluations.
Marines will receive the same benefits as if they were to EAS after four years if released through this MARADMIN.
For more information, read MARADMIN 371/12. To receive information about the VEERP process, Marines should speak to their respective career planners.