R 201305Z SEP 22
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA RA//
SUBJ/ACTIVE RESERVE (AR) ENLISTED CAREER FORCE CONTROLS PROGRAM (ECFC)//
REF/A/MSGID: DOC/DOD/YMD: 20200605//
REF/B/MSGID: DOC/CMC/YMD: 20190215//
REF/C/MSGID: DOC/CMC/YMD: 20190215//
REF/D/MSGID: DOC/CMC/YMD: 20120614//
REF/E/MSGID: DOC/CMC/YMD: 20200626//
REF/F/MSGID: DOC/CMC/YMD: 20210510//
REF/G/MSGID: MSG/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA RA/YMD: 20191227//
NARR/REFERENCE (A) IS DODI 1205.18 FULL-TIME SUPPORT TO THE RESERVE COMPONENTS. REFERENCE (B) IS MCO 1001.52K MANAGEMENT OF THE ACTIVE RESERVE SUPPORT TO THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE. REFERENCE (C) IS MCO 1900.16 CH 2 SEPARATION AND RETIREMENT MANUAL. REFERENCE (D) IS MCO P1400.32D CH 2 MARINE CORPS PROMOTION MANUAL, VOLUME 2, ENLISTED PROMOTIONS. REFERENCE (E) IS MCO 1040R.31 MARINE CORPS RESERVE ENLISTED RETENTION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. REFERENCE (F) IS MCO 1300.8 CH 1 MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL ASSIGNMENT POLICY. REFERENCE (G) IS MARADMIN 715/19 CHANGE 1 TO MCO 1001.52K MANAGEMENT OF THE ACTIVE RESERVE SUPPORT TO THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE.//
POC/B. M. OGDEN/MAJ/RA (RAP)/TEL: 703-784-9143/EMAIL: RAP@USMC.MIL//
POC/R. D. NOYES/MGYSGT RA (RA)/TEL: 703-784-0583/EMAIL: RA-RETENTION@USMC.MIL//
POC/P. BORGES/MSGT/RA (RAP)/TEL: 703-784-0581/EMAIL: RAP@USMC.MIL//
POC/V. D. HODGE/GYSGT/RA (RAM)/TEL: 703-432-9077/EMAIL: RAM-1@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Purpose. To provide Commanders, Senior Enlisted Leaders, Career Planners and individual Marines information regarding the origin, requirement and program elements of the Active Reserve (AR) Enlisted Career Force Controls (ECFC). This MARADMIN announces the guidelines based on the current environment and is in accordance with (IAW) the references.
a. Reference (a) authorizes the Reserve Component (RC) to maintain a force of Full-time Support (FTS) personnel who are primarily responsible for assisting in the organization, administration, recruitment, instruction, training, maintenance and supply support to the Reserve Component (RC).
b. The AR ECFC program is similar to the Active Component (AC) and Marine Corps Ready Reserve ECFC programs. The AR ECFC is designed to accomplish the following:
(1) Shape the inventory of AR Marines by grade and military occupational specialty (MOS) to the requirements of the AR program.
(2) Standardize promotion flow points across all military occupational specialties (MOS) and maintain career progression opportunity for AR Marines.
(3) Retain the best and most fully qualified Marines.
(4) Comply with Title 10 U.S.C. end strength requirements.
c. The end state of the AR ECFC program is to ensure the most qualified and appropriate inventory of AR Marines exists to staff AR career force requirements.
3. Rank and Date of Rank (DOR) Adjustments
a. Reserve Affairs Division (CMC (RA)) will adjust the rank and/or Date of Rank (DOR) for gunnery sergeants, staff sergeants, sergeants and corporals accessing into the AR program based on active duty service. The implementation of these adjustments ensures that Marines’ active duty experience is commensurate with their rank upon accession in the AR program.
(1) Lance corporals are not affected by this DOR adjustment.
(2) RC corporals who are an MOS match or executing a lateral move will have their DOR adjusted to the accession date.
(3) RC sergeants
(a) RC sergeants with four years or more of accumulated active service (1460 or more total active duty points) based on the Career Retirement Credit Report (CRCR) and are an MOS match will have their rank adjusted by subtracting their active duty time in grade from their accession date.
(b) RC sergeants approved for lateral move will have their DOR adjusted to match their accession date.
(c) RC sergeants who have less than four years of accumulated service (1459 or less total active duty points) based on their CRCR will be accessed as a corporal with a date of rank determined by Reserve Affairs Personnel Policy, Plans and Programming (RA (RAP)). RAP determines the appropriate date of rank in alignment with the promotion tempo in the specific occupational field.
(4) AC corporals who join within 90 days of being released from active duty (component code 11) will retain their original DOR. Corporals who join after 90 days of release from active duty and are an MOS match will have their DOR adjusted by subtracting their active duty time in grade from their accession date. AC corporals who lateral move will have their DOR adjusted to the accession date.
(5) AC sergeants who are MOS matches and join within 90 days of being released from active duty (component code 11) will retain their original DOR. Applicants approved for lateral moves will have their DOR adjusted to match their accession date. MOS matches who join after 90 days of being released from active duty will have their DOR adjusted by subtracting their active duty time in grade from their accession date. Reserve Affairs Management (RA (RAM)) will adjust the DOR of Marines who are MOS matches and join after 90 days of being released from active duty (component code 11). RA (RAP) will apply rank and DOR adjustments to corporals and AC sergeants with less than 4 years of accumulated active service (1459 or less total active duty points) based on the CRCR.
(6) RC Staff Noncommissioned Officers (SNCO) will have their DOR adjusted to the accession date. Adjustment of AC DOR may occur at the discretion and approval of the Director of RA.
4. Promotion information
a. AR promotion targets are as follows (read in two columns):
Rank Time in Service
Sgt 4 years
SSgt 8.5 years
GySgt 13 years
MSgt 17.5 years
MGySgt 22 years
b. Variable first time in-zone selection opportunity. Per reference (d), variable selection opportunity is applied in order to standardize promotion flow points. The following percentages represent targeted first time in-zone selection opportunities (all values below are percentages and are read in four columns):
Promotion Minimum Standard Maximum
To Opportunity Opportunity Opportunity
SSgt 70 80 90
GySgt 65 75 85
MSgt 60 70 80
MGySgt 55 65 75
These targeted goals may not be feasible for all grades due to the small populations in some primary military occupational specialty (PMOS) communities.
c. Selection by PMOS. Per reference (d), Marines are selected for promotion to the grades of corporal and above by PMOS based on the needs of the AR program. Marines are considered for promotion to staff sergeant and above based on the PMOS held the day prior to the convene date of the selection board, unless assigned to a new intended MOS (IMOS). Marines with an IMOS will be considered for promotion in the IMOS on the convening date of the board.
d. Enlisted grade structure reviews are conducted with the release of the Authorized Strength Report (ASR) to ensure that each PMOS has a pyramid-shaped structure requirement that:
(1) Supports promotion at the targets for each grade.
(2) Defines an achievable career path through the manpower process.
e. Restrictions on New Accessions. This effort ensures that new accessions are not accessed into over-strength MOSs, thereby further slowing promotion flow points.
(1) Upon accession, corporals with four or more years of active duty service requesting reenlistment may be authorized up to 48 months. The execution of the reenlistment must not allow the Marine to exceed nine active duty years of service.
(2) Initial tour non career designated Corporals requesting reenlistment with career designation may be authorized up to a 48 month reenlistment. The execution of the reenlistment must not allow the Marine to exceed nine active duty years of service.
f. Control of Meritorious Promotions. The AR program continues to support the promotion of exceptional performers ahead of contemporaries, however, the desire for such promotions must be balanced with the need to promote Marines in MOSs with vacancies. Allocations and information for non-special duty assignment meritorious promotions to corporal through gunnery sergeant are provided annually to major commands via the appropriate messaging system IAW reference (d). Special duty assignment (Drill Instructor, Recruiter, and Combat Instructor) promotions are affected through the specific command or base headquarters and are also IAW reference (d).
5. Service limitations
a. Marines in the AR program will not normally complete 27-30 years of total service. For service limit computation purposes, Marines with broken service will count all active duty service Marine Corps time in computing years of service. For Marines with prior service in another military branch, all active duty service time will count toward completed years of service. Current service limits policy, per reference (e), are as follows (read in two columns):
Rank Service Limits
Cpl 8 years
Sgt 13 years
SSgt 20 years
GySgt 22 years
MSgt 27 years
MGySgt 30 years
AR Marines approaching service limits must transfer to the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve (FMCR), if eligible, IAW reference (c) unless an ECFC waiver is approved. Deputy Commandant, Manpower and Reserve Affairs (DC, MRA) will retain service limit waiver authority for master gunnery sergeants who request to serve beyond 30 years of total federal service.
b. AR Marines who are not eligible for transfer to the FMCR and requesting a waiver of ECFC in conjunction with reenlistment or extension, will submit a reenlistment or extension request through their unit Career Planner via the Total Force Retention System (TFRS). Requests should include a justification with command endorsements through their first General Officer, to CMC (RA) for processing.
c. Marines meeting eligibility requirements to transfer to the FMCR will submit a NAVMC 10274 or standard naval letter with justification through the chain of command, up to the first General Officer, to include command endorsements, to RA via Manpower Management Separations and Retirement Branch CMC (MMSR) at email@example.com for processing.
d. Sergeants may reenlist up to their service limit of 13 active duty years, provided they have not been passed for promotion, are recommended by their Commanding Officer and meet all reenlistment requirements. However, based on the needs of the AR program, RA (RA- Retention) has final approval authority for retention in the AR program. Sergeants who reach service limits without having been considered for promotion and are projected to be within zone for the next promotion board may request a waiver of service limits to allow consideration by the next board. Sergeants who are approved for a waiver and subsequently not selected will be released from the AR program no later than the first day of the seventh month following approval of the results of the selection board.
e. SNCOs who have failed selection for promotion two or more times and have less than 18 years active duty may be denied further service on the AR program via a reenlistment or extension request IAW reference (g). Following the promotion board results, all SNCOs with two or more failed selections may be screened by a continuation board for future service consideration. Marines with more than 17 years of active service on 30 September following the continuation board will not be released. Those Marines not selected for continuation will be contacted via separate correspondence.
f. RA (RAP) will consider extension requests for service beyond 20 years for gunnery sergeants, master sergeants, and master gunnery sergeants on a case-by-case basis provided they do not exceed service limits and there is a need by grade and MOS.
g. Gunnery sergeants twice failed selection for promotion and are retirement eligible, or meeting service limits, must submit for retirement. They are required to transfer to the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve (FMCR) at their EAS upon reaching 20 years of service. Failure to request retirement will result in separation in lieu of retirement.
h. Master sergeants who fail selection for promotion and are retirement eligible may be denied further service beyond their current EAS based on the needs of the program.
i. Master sergeants who have twice failed selection to the next higher grade prior to reaching the above service limits are not permitted to continue to these limits. They are required to transfer to the FMCR at their EAS once they have completed at least 22 years of service. Failure to request retirement will result in separation in lieu of retirement.
6. Supplemental Guidance
a. When Career Designated AR Marines refuse to reenlist or extend to obtain the required contractual service to execute Permanent Change of Station Orders (PCSOs), Special Duty Assignment (SDA) or deployments, commanders will notify RA (RAM) via the TFRS utilizing the RE-3O Reserve RELM Type for processing and assignment of the RE-3O. A copy of the page 11 entry will be included within TFRS at the time of submission and consist of the required statement as outlined within reference (f) as applicable for PCSO, SDA and deployment.
b. Regardless of career designation status, AR Marines who refuse to execute PCSOs will EAS on the no earlier than date on their PCSO or date scheduled to deploy. Career Designated AR Marines who refuse to attend SDA school will have their EAS date changed to reflect the report date of the school they refused.
c. Commanders will notify RA (RAM) via the TFRS utilizing the RE-3O Reserve RELM Type for processing and assignment of the RE-3O, when Non-Career Designated AR Marines refuse to reenlist or extend to obtain the required contractual service to execute PCSOs, SDA or deployments. The RE-3O Reserve RELM Type is used for tracking and this code will not be assigned to Non-Career Designated Marines. Non-Career Designated AR Marines will sign a Page 11 entry with the following statement:
“I have failed to meet requirements of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) by refusing to gain the required obligated service. I have been advised that I am not Career Designated and will be transferred from the Active Reserve Program without an RE-3O IAW MCO 1900.16. I acknowledge my End of Active Service (EAS) will be adjusted to reflect my PCS Orders report No Later Than (NLT) date IAW MCO 1001.52K. I have been given the opportunity to submit a statement and that statement, if submitted, will be filed in my Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). I choose (to) (not to) submit a state ent.”
7. Action. Commanders, Senior Enlisted Leaders, Career Planners and Prior Service Recruiters will familiarize themselves with the contents of this bulletin.
8. This policy is only applicable to the AR program.
9. Effective immediately, MARADMIN 499/20 is canceled.
10. The parameters established in this MARADMIN will be reviewed annually. Until a new policy is published, this MARADMIN will remain in effect.
11. Release authorized by Major General M. S. Martin, Director, Reserve Affairs Division.