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FY19 ENLISTED RETENTION CAMPAIGN

Date Signed: 6/11/2018
MARADMINS Number: 326/18

R 111358Z JUN 18
MARADMIN 326/18
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MM//
SUBJ/FY19 ENLISTED RETENTION CAMPAIGN//
REF/MSGID: DOC/CMC MMEA/YMD: 20100908//
AMP/REF IS MCO 1040.31, ENLISTED RETENTION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT//
POC/D. G. BIRD/MGYSGT/HQMC (MMEA-1)/TEL: 703-432-9125 EMAIL:  DONALD.G.BIRD@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  The Marine Corps primary enlisted career force objectives are to retain the most qualified force by grade and MOS and support the staffing of all authorized career force billets while standardizing promotion tempo across all Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) to match time-in-service targets. The Marine Corps begins execution of the FY19 Enlisted Retention Campaign on 5 July 2018.
2.  Detailed FY 19 enlisted retention guidelines for the First Term Alignment Plan (FTAP) and Subsequent Term Alignment Plan (STAP) will be published via the Total Force Retention System (TFRS) (message A65680) and also available for download from the Enlisted Retention Manpower page under the references section.
3.  Every First Term Marine, regardless of Tier status or perceived competitiveness, should submit for retention.  Each member of the chain of command, from unit leaders to service headquarters, play a role in making a "whole Marine concept" determination of quality in the retention decision.  For fast-filling MOSs, a more comprehensive review of those Marines competing is conducted in order to select the most qualified.  That in view, the value of comments from Commanders and senior enlisted cannot be overstated.
4. Concept of operations for FTAP and STAP is as follows:
4.a.  FTAP effort will be in three phases:
4.a.1.  Phase I:  Phase I begins 5 July 2018.  The purpose of Phase I is to initiate the submission and processing of retention requests.  General submission goals against anticipated requirements will be determined and promulgated no later than early July to major commands for key MOSs that are historically slow-filling.  Commands can utilize the submission goals to assist in formulating initial missions at the Major Subordinate Command (MSC) or unit level. Duty Station Incentives are in effect for Tiers I-III during this phase.  As submissions are received, Fast-Filling MOS (FFM) boards will be conducted for High Demand/Low Density (HD/LD) and High Deploying (HD) MOSs.  MSCs are encouraged to request a brief from MMEA-1 for their key leaders outlining the FTAP retention process during the initial stages of this phase.  Tier I and II Marines will be approved during  this period, Tier III Marines will only be approved based on needs of the Marine Corps.  During Phase I, MMEA will conduct the FY 2019 MMEA Command Visit (Roadshows). During these visits to the major Marine Corps Installations MMEA will approve Tier I and II Marines based on a percentage of the total MOS population on each installation against the MOS boatspace requirement.  Phase I ends on 30 September 2018.
4.a.2.  Phase II:  Phase II begins 1 October 2018. The purpose of Phase II is to assess the progress of the FY retention effort, make required adjustments, refine guidance, and continue processing retention requests.  Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) will conduct an initial assessment of progress at the beginning of this phase. HQMC may publish the results of this assessment via MARADMIN to keep commands informed of the overall effort.  If required, boatspaces in slow-filling MOSs will be specifically allocated in a retention mission assigned to major commands.  MOSs will not be deemed an FFM after 1 October 2018.  During this phase, MMEA-1 will conduct FFM boards for MOSs that are deemed FFM at the beginning of Phase II.  The Prior Service Enlistment Program (PSEP) and Lateral Move submissions to select non-HD/LD MOSs begin on 1 November 2018. Phase II ends on 31 December 2018.
4.a.3.  Phase III:  Phase III begins 1 January 2019.  The purpose of Phase III is to continue the processing of retention requests, provide updated analysis and assist commands in the final stages of their retention efforts as Marines in the FTAP cohort approach the end of their contracts.  A midyear assessment of progress will be conducted on or about 10 January 2019, that will inform the reallocation or modification of previously assigned retention missions if required.  Retention Assist Visits (RAV) may be conducted to assist commands with retention in specific MOSs when possible.  HQMC anticipates a final FTAP assessment will be conducted on or about 1 June 2019.  The final assessment will be used to make improvements to the retention process for the following year.  Phase III ends on 30 September 2019.
4.b.  STAP effort will be in three phases:
4.b.1.  Phase I:  Phase I begins 5 July.  The purpose of Phase I is to initiate the submission, processing, and in some cases release of retention requests.  Phase I is the prescribed submission window for STAP Marines, providing Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) the opportunity to assess the competitiveness of the STAP population. During Phase I MMEA will process and approve quality Marines for reenlistment based on the needs of the Marine Corps but will not approve past 80 percent of the total FY 2019 MOS boatspace requirement.  Lateral Move submissions for eligible MOS(s) IAW enclosure (1), begin on 5 July 2018 and will continue through the remainder of the FY as needed.  Prior Service Enlistment Program (PSEP) submissions begin on 1 November 2018.  All Marines who do not submit for further service during Phase I will be conveying that their intent is to exit the Marine Corps at their current EAS. This does not apply to Marines who are unable to submit beyond their control e.g. ECFCs, medical and legal.  MSCs are encouraged to request a brief from MMEA-1 for their key leaders outlining the STAP retention process during the initial stages of this phase. During this phase, MOSs that are identified as a Fast Filling MOS (FFM) have the potential for MMEA to conduct STAP FFM boards.  Requests submitted during this period that require or have a Commanding General (CG) endorsement/waiver will be held until Phase II.  Phase I ends on 30 November 2018.
4.b.2.  Phase II:  Phase II begins 1 December 2018.  The purpose of Phase II is to release the remaining reenlistment requests, assess the progress of the FY retention effort, and continue processing retention requests submitted after the 30 November 2018 deadline. Requests submitted during Phase II will be approved based solely on the needs of the Marine Corps.  This does not apply to Marines who are unable to submit for reasons beyond their control; i.e. ECFCs, medical, and legal.  During this phase, MMEA-1 will conduct FFM boards for any MOS that are deemed a FFM at the beginning of this phase.  Requests submitted during Phase I with a Commanding General (CG) endorsement/waiver will be processed during this period.
4.b.3.  Phase III:  Processing and Assessing.  The purpose of Phase III is to continue the processing of retention requests based on needs of the Marine Corps, provide updated analysis and assist commands in the final stages of their retention efforts as Marines in the STAP cohort approach the end of their contracts.
4.b.3.a  MMEA-1 will begin approving requests during the submission period Phase I through Phase III.  Approvals are based on: needs of the Marine Corps, receipt of Permanent Change of Station Orders (PCSO), high demand/low density (HD/LD) MOS(s), jeopardy, and/or Commanding General (CG) endorsement/waiver.
4.b.3.b During October 2018, January 2019, and May 2019 assess the quarterly progression of each cohort and provide a detailed summary of any deficiencies and recommended way ahead.
5.  STAP Marines continue to make our Corps a prestigious organization by upholding the standards and traditions of the Marine Corps.  As our service adapts with todays mission, career Marines need to ensure that they remain competitive for promotion and retention.
6. Commanding Officers and senior enlisted leaders will properly inform and counsel all FTAP and STAP Marines of any disapproved retention request from HQMC.
7.  Release authorized by MajGen Robert F. Castellvi, Director, Manpower Management Division.//



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