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Representatives from Marine Manpower Enlisted Assignments (MMEA) are visiting the National Capital Region Aug. 19 to conduct briefs and interviews that will provide Marines and their commanders with the most current information about the Corps’ retention plans.
The program was outlined in Marine Administrative Message (MARADMIN) 374/14, published last month.

“As the force continues to draw down, budgetary and end strength limitations present increasing challenges with respect to enlisted retention and assignments,” the MARADMIN reads. “With this in mind, it is imperative that both Marines and their commanders are armed with the most current retention, force-shaping and assignment policies that affect both organizational and personal decisions.”

During the meeting, first-term Marines will be briefed on the retention outlooks within each primary military occupational specialty (PMOS), opportunities for lateral moves to other positions and reenlistment incentives, said Gunnery Sgt. William Hart, battalion career planner for Headquarters and Services Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall.

While exact drawdown figures are still unclear, Hart said the Corps would be reducing forces until fiscal year 16-17. The event will give Marines a chance to speak with senior leadership about the drawdown, the future of the Corps, and their future in it.

During the program, Marines will also be able to meet with their respective PMOS monitors in order to discuss their careers and other assignment opportunities.

“The interaction between enlisted Marines and their monitor is a fundamental and integral part of the command visit,” reads the MARADMIN.

Not all PMOS’s will be represented by monitors during the program; only monitors from the more heavily populated MOSs will be present, Hart said.

According to the MARADMIN, monitors not present during the MMEA visit will be available for interviews via Defense Connect Online (DCO) conference calls.

MMEA will also conduct some on-the-spot reenlistments.

“The Marine Corps must retain its most qualified Marines,” the MARADMIN reads. “To that end, MMEA will conduct on-the-spot reenlistments of computed Tier 1 FTAP Marines and other Marines on a case-by-case basis.”

Hart said Marines with pending reenlistment requests could also possibly reenlist during the MMEA visit.

Representatives from Marine reserves will be available to educate Marines transitioning out of active duty about their options, and a special duty assignments monitor will be on deck to screen and speak with Marines who are interested in SDA opportunities.

While Marines are not required to attend the MMEA visit, Hart strongly recommended that they attend, because it will be filled with valuable information regarding the future of individual occupational specialties and career opportunities for enlisted marines.

“It’s highly recommended because it benefits the Marine,” Hart said. “It’s an opportunity for a Marine to actually sit down face-to-face and talk to their monitor. It’d be in their best interest to go.”

The briefs begin at 8 a.m. at the Joe Rosenthal Theater at Henderson Hall. The day’s full schedule includes:

8 – 9 a.m.: First term brief

9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 2-3 p.m.: Staff noncommissioned and officer brief

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Monitor/counselor interviews.