OFFICER VOLUNTARY EARLY RELEASE (OVER) PROGRAM

By | April 04, 2014

R 050217Z APR 14
UNCLASSIFIED/
MARADMIN 178/14
MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2014/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MP//
SUBJ/OFFICER VOLUNTARY EARLY RELEASE (OVER) PROGRAM//
REF/A/MSGID:DOC/SECNAV/YMD:20120314//
REF/B/MSGID:DOC/CMC/YMD:20040824//
REF/C/MSGID:DOC/DFAS-KC-FSP/YMD:19950824//
REF/D/MSGID:MSG/CMC/311723ZDEC2013//
REF/E/MSGID:WEB/VA/YMD:20110217//
REF/F/MSGID:MSG/CMC/012157ZAPR14//
NARR/REF (A) IS ASSISTANT SECNAV APPROVAL OF THE OFFICER VOLUNTARY EARLY RELEASE (OVER) PROGRAM. REF (B) IS ONLINE MCTFSPRIUM.  REF (C) IS DFAS 7220.31R, MCTFS APSM.  REF (D) IS MARADMIN 704/13, UPDATE TO TRANSFER OF EDUCATION BENEFITS (TEB) POLICY.  REF (E) IS THE MONTGOMERY GI BILL WEBSITE WWW.GIBILL.VA.GOV.  REF (F) IS MARADMIN 170/14, CLARIFICATION TO TRANSITION PERMISSIVE TEMPORARY ADDITIONAL DUTY (PTAD) IN SUPPORT OF DRAWDOWN//
POC/M. HALTON/CAPT/UNIT:MMOA-3/-/TEL:DSN 278-9284//
POC/T. M. MCBRIDE/MAJ/UNIT:CMC MPP-30/-/TEL:DSN 278-9365//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. PURPOSE. THE OVER PROGRAM IS A COST SAVINGS INITIATIVE THAT SHAPES AND SUSTAINS THE FORCE WITHIN BUDGETARY CONSTRAINTS.  THIS MESSAGE SERVES TO ESTABLISH THE AUTHORITY, ELIGIBILITY, AND PROCEDURES FOR THE VOLUNTARY EARLY RELEASE OF ACTIVE DUTY OFFICERS WHOSE TERM OF SERVICE (TOS) WILL EXPIRE IN FY15 AND FY16.
2.  BACKGROUND.  REF (A) AUTHORIZES THE OVER PROGRAM.  THE OVER PROGRAM WILL COMMENCE ON THE RELEASE DATE OF THIS MESSAGE AND WILL EXPIRE ON 30 SEPT 2016. MARINES APPROVED FOR THIS PROGRAM MAY SEPARATE NO MORE THAN 180 DAYS PRIOR TO THEIR CURRENT EXPIRATION OF ACTIVE SERVICE (EAS) AND 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 CONTRACTS.
3.  ELIGIBILITY.
    A.  MARINES MUST HAVE FEWER THAN SIX YEARS OF COMMISSIONED SERVICE.
    B.  ANY ACTIVE COMPONENT MARINE OFFICER WITH AN EAS WHITIN 1 OCT 2014 TO 30 SEPT 2016.
    C.  MARINES MAY REQUEST TO SEPARATE NO MORE THAN 180 DAYS PRIOR TO THEIR CURRENT EAS. THIS IS NOT WAIVERABLE.
    D.  MARINES MUST NOT BE SLATED FOR DEPLOYMENT AT THE TIME OF REQUESTED EARLY RELEASE (NEW EAS).
    E.  ALL PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING, PER TITLE 10 USC 1142, AND ALL MEDICAL SEPARATION QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE PRIOR TO THE DATE OF SEPARATION.
    F.  MARINES MUST BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN HONORABLE OR GENERAL (UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS) DISCHARGE CHARACTERIZATION AT TIME OF EARLY RELEASE.
4.  INELIGIBILITY.  MARINES MEETING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OVER PROGRAM:
    A.  MARINES WHO HAVE ACCEPTED CAREER DESIGNATION.
    B.  MARINES WHO ARE INDEBTED TO THE GOVERNMENT (TO INCLUDE ADVANCE AND EXCESS LEAVE). INDEBTED MARINES DESIRING EARLY SEPARATION WILL BE PERMITTED TO 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.
    C.  MARINES BEING RELEASED UNDER OTHER HQMC-DIRECTED EARLY OUT PROGRAMS, E.G., EARLY RELEASE TO ACCEPT PUBLIC OFFICE.
    D.  MARINES WHO ARE CURRENTLY ON TERMINAL LEAVE PENDING SEPARATION AND AWAY FROM THE PERMANENT DUTY STATION.
    E.  MARINES WHO MANIFEST SYMPTOMS OF POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER OR 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.
    F. MARINES PENDING COURT-MARTIAL OR ADVERSE ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM UNTIL FINAL ACTION IS TAKEN OR PROCESSSING OF ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION IS COMPLETE.
5.  PROGRAM TIMELINE.  APPLICATION PROCESSING WILL COMMENCE IMMEDIATELY UPON RELEASE OF THIS MARADMIN.  THE 180 DAY EARLY RELEASE WINDOW IS DETERMINED BASED ON THE MARINE'S ORIGINAL EAS.  FOR EXAMPLE, A FIRST LIEUTENANT WHO IS NOT CAREER DESIGNATED AND WHO HAS A CURRENT EAS OF 1 AUG 2016 MAY BE APPROVED FOR EARLY RELEASE NO EARLIER THAN 3 FEB 2016, WHICH IS 180 DAYS PRIOR TO HIS OR HER 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 OR HER FULL ACTIVE SERVICE.  TO ALLOW FOR PROCESSING TIME, HQMC REQUIRES THAT OVER PACKAGES BE SUBMITTED AT LEAST 30 DAYS PRIOR TO REQUESTED EARLY RELEASE DATE.  COMMANDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO EXPEDITE REQUESTS AS EARLY IN THE FISCAL YEAR AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE BUDGETARY SAVINGS.
6.  RESERVE OPPORTUNITY.  THE SMCR IS ACTIVELY SEEKING THE SERVICE OF COMPANY GRADE OFFICERS IN ANY MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY (MOS) WHO WANT TO REMAIN AFFILIATED WITH THE MARINE CORPS UPON TRANSITION FROM THE ACTIVE COMPONENT.  OPPORTUNITIES EXIST FOR PLATOON OR COMPANY COMMAND, RESIDENT AND NON-RESIDENT PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION, AND ADVANCED OR ADDITIONAL MOS TRAINING.   DEPENDING ON MOS, OFFICER AFFILIATION BONUSES MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR TRANSITIONING OFFICERS.  INTERESTED OFFICERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT RESERVE CONTINUATION AND TRANSITION BRANCH, AT EMAIL: RCT(AT)USMC.MIL, DSN 378-9585 OR COMM: 703-432-9585.
7.  COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS.
    A.  HQMC (MP) MAINTAINS ALL POLICY ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROGRAM.
    B.  HQMC (MM) MAINTAINS FINAL APPROVAL AUTHORITY FOR ALL REQUEST.
    C.  INDIVIDUAL MARINES MUST SUBMIT REQUESTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OVER PROGRAM VIA THE FIRST O-6 OR HIGHER IN THEIR CHAIN OF COMMAND.  ANY OFFICER WHO IS TAD OR FAP OR WHO IS TEMPORARILY ASSIGNED TO ANOTHER UNIT MUST RECEIVE FINAL APPROVAL FROM THEIR PARENT COMMAND.
    D.  COMMANDERS WILL SUBMIT ALL REQUESTS FOR EARLY RELEASE TO HQMC (MMOA-3) VIA AA FORM.
        (1)  COMMANDERS WILL RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF A SPECIFIC DATE FOR SEPARATION WHEN ENDORSING A MARINE'S REQUEST FOR EARLY RELEASE.  COMMANDERS ARE ADVISED THAT VACANCIES OCCURRING FROM MARINES APPROVED FOR THE OVER PROGRAM WILL BE FILLED BASED ON EACH MARINE'S ORIGINAL EAS AND NOT THE MARINE'S EARLY SEPARATION DATE.  TERMINAL E LEAVE AND POST-DEPLOYMENT MOBILIZATION RESPITE ADMINISTRATIVE ABSENCE MAY BE TAKEN IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIS PROGRAM BASED ON COMMANDERS' DISCRETION.
        (2)  PER REF (F) THE OVER PROGRAM IS A FORCE-SHAPING/REDUCTION PROGRAM AND TRANSITION PTAD IS AUTHORIZED FOR USE IF AN OFFICERS IS APPROVED FOR AN EARLY RELEASE.
        (3)  COMMANDERS WILL PROVIDE SPECIFIC JUSTIFICATION FOR INDIVIDUAL MARINES NOT RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM.
    E.  UPON HQMC (MM) FINAL APPROVAL, MMOA-3 WILL REPORT THE APPROVAL VIA APPROPRIATE UNIT DIARY ENTRY TTC 775 PER REF (B) AND NOTIFY COMMANDERS VIA NAVAL MESSAGE OF EARLY OUT APPROVAL, WITH INFO COPIES TO MSC OR MEF COMMANDERS AND SERVICE.
        (1)  THE SEPARATION PROGRAM DESIGNATOR (SPD) CODE FOR ACTIVE DUTY OFFICERS BEING RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY IS MCC1 AND APPLIES TO MARINES WHO HAVE REMAINING OBLIGATED SERVICE AND ARE ELIGIBLE TO TRANSFER TO THE RESERVE COMPONENT.
        (2)  THE SPD CODE FOR ACTIVE DUTY OFFICERS BEING DISCHARGED FROM ACTIVE DUTY IS KCC1 AND APPLIES TO MARINES WHO HAVE COMPLETED ACTIVE DUTY OBLIGATED SERVICE AND ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TRANSFER TO THE RESERVE COMPONENT.   IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT COMMANDS NOTIFY THEIR DISBURSING OFFICERS (DO) REGARDING EACH MARINE'S EARLY SEPARATION PER REF (C).  THOSE ORGANIZATIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR SEPARATING MARINES ARE REQUIRED TO IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE DO VIA NAVMC 11116 OF THE PENDING SEPARATION.  A NAVMC 11060 MUST THEN BE SUBMITTED TO THE DO WITHIN ONE WORKING DAY AFTER THE DROP ENTRY POST.
    F.  MARINES BEING SEPARATED WITH THE OVER PROGRAM WILL SIGN AND SUBMIT A PAGE 11 ENTRY TO THEIR OFFICIAL MILITARY PERSONNEL FILE ACKNOWLEDGING THEY ARE A VOLUNTEER FOR THE OVER PROGRAM.  EXAMPLE PAGE 11 ENTRY: QUOTE, I HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE OFFICER VOLUNTARY EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM. I UNDERSTAND THAT MY NEW EAS IS (YYYYMMDD).  I HAVE BEEN COUNSELED ON THE CONTENTS OF THE OFFICER VOLUNTARY EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM MARADMIN AND UNDERSTAND THAT I WILL BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE COMPLETED MY FULL ACTIVE SERVICE.  ADDITIONALLY, I UNDERSTAND THAT I AM NOT EXEMPT FROM COMPLETING ANY REMAINING RESERVE OR READY RESERVE OBLIGATIONS PER MY INDIVIDUAL SERVICE CONTRACT, UNQUOTE.
8.  GENERAL INFORMATION.
    A.  ALL CURRENTLY APPROVED OVER PACKAGES ARE STILL VALID.  ALL PACKAGES CURRENTLY IN PROCESSING WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROCESSED AS SUBMITTED.  MARINES WITH EXISTING APPROVED OVER PACKAGES CAN RESUBMIT A NEW PACKAGE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE INCREASED WINDOW OF ELIGIBILTY IF DESIRED.
    B.  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.
    C.  FOR THE PURPOSE OF POST-SERVICE BENEFITS, EARLY SEPARATION UNDER THIS PROGRAM IS CONSIDERED TO BE FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE GOVERNMENT (SERVICE MEMBERS ARE ENTITLED TO ALL APPLICABLE BENEFITS).  AS A REMINDER, ELIGIBLE MARINES AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS DESIRING TO RETAIN TRICARE PRIME UPON SEPARATION ARE REQUIRED TO REENROLL IN TRICARE.
    D.  MARINES ARE REMINDED TO REVIEW EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS PRIOR TO PARTICIPATING IN THE OVER PROGRAM.  A LIST OF ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POST 9-11 GI BILL CAN BE FOUND IN REF (D).  MGIB REQUIREMENTS ARE FOUND IN REF (E).
9. RESERVE APPLICABILITY. THIS MARADMIN IS NOT APPLICABLE TO THE MARINE CORPS RESERVE.
10.  THIS MARADMIN CANCELS ON 30 SEP 2016.
11.  RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY (SES) MR. M. F. APPLEGATE, DIRECTOR, MANPOWER PLANS AND POLICY DIVISION.//