R 130800Z APR 21
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MP//
SUBJ/UPDATE 1 TO INVOLUNTARY MOS RECLASSIFICATIONS AND DIRECTED LATERAL MOVES IN SUPPORT OF FORCE DESIGN PHASE ONE//
NARR/REFERENCE (REF) A IS MARADMIN 302/20 MANPOWER FORCE SHAPING IN SUPPORT OF FORCE DESIGN PHASE ONE. REF B IS MARADMIN 744/20 ANNOUNCEMENT OF FISCAL YEAR 2021 OFFICER RETENTION BOARD NUMBER 1. REF C IS MARADMIN 422/20 INVOLUNTARY MOS RECLASSIFICATIONS AND DIRECTED LATERAL MOVES IN SUPPORT OF FORCE DESIGN PHASE ONE. REF D IS MARADMIN 416/20 CHANGE 1 TO THE FY21 LATERAL MOVE PROGRAM FOR MARINE OFFICERS. REF E IS MCO 1900.16 W/CH 3 SEPARATION AND RETIREMENT MANUAL. REF F IS SECNAVINST 1000.7G INTERSERVICE TRANSFER OF OFFICERS. REF G IS MARADMIN 135/19 MARINE CORPS TEMPORARY EARLYRETIREMENT AUTHORITY (TERA) PROGRAM. REF H IS MARADMIN 733/20 FY21 MARINE CORPS OFFICER VOLUNTARY EARLY RELEASE (OVER) PROGRAM FOR THE 1802 PRIMARY MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY (PMOS). REF I IS MARADMIN 734/20 FY21 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM. REF J IS MARADMIN 369/20 FY21 TEMPORARY EARLY RETIREMENT AUTHORITY PROGRAM IN SUPPORT OF FORCE DESIGN PHASE ONE.//
POC/A.D. BICKNELL/CAPT/DC MRA/MPP-30/TEL: DSN 278-9365/COM 703-784-9365//
POC/P.M. KIRK/MAJ/DC MRA/MMOA-3/TEL: DSN 278-9284/COM 703-784-9284//
POC/V.W. LEE/CAPT/DC MRA/MPP-20/TEL: DSN 278-9361/COM 703-784-9361//
POC/N.D. KNOLL/GYSGT/DC MRA/MMEA-1/TEL: DSN 278-9019/COM 703-432-9019//
POC/A.J. EASON/SSGT/DC MRA/MMEA-1/TEL: DSN 278-9019/COM 703-432-9019//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Purpose. To reiterate the implementation of force shaping authorities to conduct active duty end strength reduction in accordance with reference (a) and Force Design requirements.
2. This MARADMIN is only applicable to Marines in the following Primary Military Occupational Specialties (PMOS):
2.A. Enlisted. 1812 Armor Marine, 1869 Senior Armor SNCO, and 2146 Main Battle Tank (MBT) Repairer/Technician.
2.B. Officers. All company grade officers in the 1802 PMOS and a percentage of lieutenants, captains, and majors in the 5803 PMOS.
2.C. At present, other MOSs do not require the use of involuntary force shaping measures as part of Force Design Phase One. MRA will publish guidance if subsequent phases of Force Design require the use of these involuntary tools for Marines in additional MOSs.
3. MOS Reclassifications or Separation (Enlisted). For PMOSs listed in paragraph 2.A., MRA will continue to maximize the use of voluntary measures such as lateral moves, inter-service transfers, Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA), and Voluntary Enlisted Early Release Program (VEERP) as outlined in references (a) and (i). All Marines are encouraged to review the references listed in order to understand all of the voluntary options available to them.
3.A. Sergeants and below. On 1 April 2022, any remaining Corporals and below in the 1812 or 2146 PMOS with greater than 24 months remaining on contract, who are not pending orders or separation from voluntary actions and have not communicated their intentions and/or preferences with MMEA, will be reclassified into a new MOS based on the needs of the Marine Corps. For Sergeants, continued service beyond current expiration of current contract (ECC) will be contingent upon lateral move or reclassification and acceptance of a new PMOS for which they meet the prerequisites. Reclassification for Sergeants are not guaranteed due to possible seniority. As a reminder, there are no more promotion opportunities for sergeants and below.
3.B. Staff Sergeants and above. FY20 Promotion Boards for staff sergeants and gunnery sergeants were the last promotion opportunity for Marines with the MOSs listed in paragraph 2.A. There are no more promotion opportunities for staff sergeants in FY21 and beyond. 1869 and 2146 gunnery sergeants will remain eligible for promotion to first sergeant; 2146 gunnery sergeants will remain eligible for promotion to master sergeant in the 2149 PMOS. Marines are authorized to apply for voluntary lateral move to another PMOS. Those staff sergeants and gunnery sergeants choosing to continue service in the 1812, 1869, or 2146 PMOS may submit and be considered for reenlistment in their PMOS until they are TERA or retirement eligible as long as they meet basic retention prerequisites. 1869 master sergeants may reenlist to obtain retirement eligibility. Marines with greater than 20 years time in service will have their retention request returned with no further action. Marines approved for reenlistment as 1812, 1869, or 2146 will be assigned PCS or PCA orders based on needs of the Marine Corps; those not approved for reenlistment will be allowed to separate from the Marine Corps in accordance with separation authorities or retire if eligible.
4. Directed Lateral Moves (Officers). For PMOSs listed in paragraph 2.B., MRA will continue to maximize and encourage the use of inter-service transfers and voluntary authorities such as Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA), Officer Voluntary Early Release (OVER), Career Designation (CD), and Time-in-Grade Waivers, as outlined in the references. MRA will implement involuntary authorities (directed lateral moves) if and only if force shaping is still required after exhausting the use of all voluntary authorities and tools.
4.A. 1802 PMOS: Currently, the 1802 PMOS is on course to meet Force Design Phase One requirements, and MRA expects that all company grade officers in PMOS 1802 will be voluntarily force shaped by 1 April 2022.
4.A.1. For all company-grade officers with PMOS 1802, career designation and/or continued service will be contingent upon acceptance of a new PMOS, per reference (b).
4.A.2. On 1 April 2022, any company-grade officer with PMOS 1802 remaining to be force shaped who is not pending orders or separation from voluntary actions will receive a new PMOS based upon the needs of the Marine Corps, per reference (c).
4.B. 5803 PMOS: Changes in force design initiatives require MRA to continually assess and modify these targets when necessary. As such, additional force shaping measures are necessary to meet future end strength. At time of release of this MARADMIN, MRA currently requires approximately 25 lieutenants, 35 captains, and 20 majors to be force shaped, either through voluntary or involuntary measures. These force shaping targets are not additional but are current force shaping requirements as of the date of release of this MARADMIN.
4.B.1. For a percentage of officers in PMOS 5803, career designation and/or continued service will be contingent upon acceptance of a new PMOS, per reference (b) and other forthcoming officer retention boards, if required.
4.B.2. On 1 April 2022, the required number of officers with PMOS 5803 remaining to be force shaped who are not pending orders or separation from voluntary actions will receive a new PMOS based upon the needs of the Marine Corps, per reference (c).
5. Clarification on Deadlines for Voluntary Authorities.
5.A. Enlisted. Although the timelines listed in paragraph 3.G. of reference (a) and paragraph 6.A. of reference (j) have expired, those PMOSs listed in paragraph 2.A may continue to request IST until 31 March 2022. After this date, only Staff Sergeants and above may continue to request IST until no longer required, as determined by MRA. Additionally, Staff Sergeants and above may continue to use TERA until it either expires on 31 December 2025, or is no longer required as determined by MRA.
5.B. Officers. Although the timelines listed in paragraph 3.G. of reference (a) and paragraph 6.A. of reference (j) have expired, MRA will continue to accept IST, TIG waivers, and TERA packages from company grade officers in the 1802 PMOS and lieutenants, captains, and majors in the 5803 PMOS until 31 March 2022. After this date, only O-4 and above officers in the 1802 PMOS may continue to use IST until no longer required as determined by MRA. Additionally, only O-4 and above officers in the 1802 PMOS may continue to use the TIG and TERA authorities until they either expire on 31 December 2025, or are no longer required as determined by MRA.
6. This MARADMIN is not applicable to the Marine Corps Reserve.
7. Refer to MRA’s website (www.manpower.usmc.mil) for additional MP and MM points of contact.
8. Release authorized by LtGen D. A. Ottignon, Deputy Commandant, Manpower and Reserve Affairs.//