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Posted: 10/2/2011 4:28:47 PM EST
My sister in Laws son is trying to become a Marine. According to her, the Marines have offered him a $20,000 signing bonus.

I haven't believed a thing the kid has said since he was 5 years old. Any Recruiters out there?
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 4:31:53 PM EST
When I was trying to join, the recruiter told me that the Marines dont typically do sign on bonuses.

But Im not in the know nor am I a recruiter.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 4:33:17 PM EST
The army offered me 2k to sign a 8 year contract with a communications mos lol

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Link Posted: 10/2/2011 4:35:52 PM EST
I got 5K to enlist for 4 years as 11B in 1982.

Link Posted: 10/2/2011 4:36:01 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 4:37:32 PM EST
Bonuses are down across the board. Retention is high right now. Smells fishy.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 4:39:35 PM EST
there was a 20k re enlist bonus for Navy USMC a few months back, but not for new enlistments.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 4:39:50 PM EST
Where the fuck was my bonus? Damn it.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 4:39:54 PM EST
Highly doubtful.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 4:42:39 PM EST
Bullllllllllllllllllllllllllllllshit.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 4:44:05 PM EST
still not enough money ............................ Go army !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!­!
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 4:48:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/2/2011 4:49:00 PM EST by die-tryin]
Not buying that one, unless they are misunderstood and they are giving 20k for college or something like that. When I was joining the recuiters laughed at sign on bonus idea. They said, "You either want to be a Marine or you dont", I did, I joined and that was that.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:01:56 PM EST
Not buying it.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:03:28 PM EST
Sounds like he is blowing smoke out of his ass.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:04:06 PM EST
Originally Posted By KimberTLE45:
Not buying it.


some of the re enlistment bonuses were very very high, 40+
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:06:52 PM EST
Originally Posted By Bandit117:
Originally Posted By KimberTLE45:
Not buying it.


some of the re enlistment bonuses were very very high, 40+


yea my bud went intel or some pog shit and got like 50K... blew my mind.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:07:31 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bandit117:
Originally Posted By KimberTLE45:
Not buying it.


some of the re enlistment bonuses were very very high, 40+

Not anymore since everyone's downsizing. Had a buddy that got 40K a few months ago though..... So I don't know. He was in Afghanistan when he re-upped though.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:14:42 PM EST
Originally Posted By oldschool63:
I got 5K to enlist for 4 years as 11B in 1982.



I got $2,500.00 upon completion of MOS school. That was a good bonus in 1989.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:15:07 PM EST
I was offered 32k in '07 by the Army for infantry. Got disqualified for a hearing loss and couldn't get a waiver. I just wanted to serve my country, I would still join today if they asked me.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:16:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By Covert8645:

Originally Posted By Bandit117:
Originally Posted By KimberTLE45:
Not buying it.


some of the re enlistment bonuses were very very high, 40+

Not anymore since everyone's downsizing. Had a buddy that got 40K a few months ago though..... So I don't know. He was in Afghanistan when he re-upped though.
re upping is your multiplier x base pay x years reenlisting normally. So, probably was making pretty decent money (E4-E5) and re-upped for 4 years with a decent multiplier (1.5-2).

Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:21:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/2/2011 5:22:58 PM EST by BP03]
Is that for reserve? I know if a Reserve unit is low on numbers(often times before a deployment) they will give out 20k bonuses..I am USMCR and ALOT of guys I know got 20k bonuses just for being your average run of the mill 0311......Gotta take off a bit for taxes too...Then sometimes they pay it at different times..Like a few thousand after SOI, then the rest at the end of your contract...etc. Thats the only enlistment bonus I know.....Normally that's done before a unit mobilizes too, if they are short on numbers....No Marine Reserve units will be deploying to combat zones for now either...So Im not sure.

Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:21:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/2/2011 5:26:52 PM EST by Your1Savior]

Originally Posted By Neopo8:
My sister in Laws son is trying to become a Marine. According to her, the Marines have offered him a $20,000 signing bonus.

I haven't believed a thing the kid has said since he was 5 years old. Any Recruiters out there?


When my brother enlisted a couple years ago, I'm nearly positive he said that the Marines do not give signing bonuses.



Nowadays, definitely not.



edit:

Originally Posted By die-tryin:
When I was joining the recuiters laughed at sign on bonus idea. They said, "You either want to be a Marine or you dont"



This is almost verbatim what they told him, and he told me when I asked him about this topic.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:25:05 PM EST
I was speaking to a recruiter just last week and he told me the 03 field is actually closed to potential new recruits, that's how well The Corps is doing with recruiting/retention.

I smell BS, unless the kid has some crazy skill or something unanticipated.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:25:25 PM EST
Either he's lying, or the recruiter lied to him. I've heard some pretty outlandish shit from recruiters, so it's hard to tell on this one.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:28:31 PM EST
20k is bullshit! It took me a fucking year to get the chowhall to serve me a whole chicken!
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:32:44 PM EST
There was a $100K reenlistment bonus (5-year) for Navy Nuc-ETs.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:33:40 PM EST
This kid barely made it through high school. He can't walk and chew gum and gets a head ache trying to read a comic book. The only job he ever had was Mc Donalds and he sucked at that. I can't believe that any branch of the military would take him much less give him real money.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:37:31 PM EST

Originally Posted By Neopo8:
This kid barely made it through high school. He can't walk and chew gum and gets a head ache trying to read a comic book. The only job he ever had was Mc Donalds and he sucked at that. I can't believe that any branch of the military would take him much less give him real money.

Yeah, I've never heard of a 20K enlistment bonus. RE-enlistment, yeah, but not for first joining. 5K is pretty common for first joining, but even that's getting rarer.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:40:15 PM EST
I thought I read somewhere that the Marines always make mission in regard to recruiting/retention.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:43:17 PM EST
It is after Oct 1st so bonuses might have become available.

For the army when I signed on August 30th the only bonuses that were available were 1000 for infantry 4 year contract, and 8000 for a eod 6 year contract.

The marine recruiter told my friend that the marine corps isn't offering bonuses because they are overmanned as it is. shit in the recruiting world changes on a daily basis though
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:46:41 PM EST
Do you think he will enlist in any branch?
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:03:56 PM EST
When I was in, I remember a bunch of Marines got signing bonuses for enlisting in a communications field. But the enlistment had to be for 5 years. I don't remember how much it was. This was between 1999 and 2003.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:12:45 PM EST
He is bullshitting OP.

In 2003 I got three grand for two years Active duty Army. In 2008 I got 20,000 for six years. My brother got 60,000 in 2006 for four years(Army). Look, why the fuck would any services offer those kinds of bonuses in this kind of economy? Easy, they don't. (unless of course you might me able to operate a nuclear power station on a submarine or something)
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:13:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By Neopo8:
My sister in Laws son is trying to become a Marine. According to her, the Marines have offered him a $20,000 signing bonus.

I haven't believed a thing the kid has said since he was 5 years old. Any Recruiters out there?


I call BULLSHIT. Marine Corps is cutting numbers as it is...
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:19:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/2/2011 6:20:15 PM EST by cavscouty]
Originally Posted By eddiein1984:
There was a $100K reenlistment bonus (5-year) for Navy Nuc-ETs.


Once upon a time the Army did that for senior enlisted 18 series, what's your point? Did you get that?

edit: I hope you did.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:31:36 PM EST
I've been talking to the Army and right now the bonuses for 11x are only like $1000 for 4 years. If that's what the Marines are offering though I may have someone else to talk to coming up, a good ASVAB score must be worth something
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:33:02 PM EST
Originally Posted By whiskerz:
still not enough money ............................ Go army !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!­!


He may be able to actually pass the ASVAB and spell his name with regularity.......
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:36:35 PM EST
Originally Posted By Covert8645:

Originally Posted By Neopo8:
This kid barely made it through high school. He can't walk and chew gum and gets a head ache trying to read a comic book. The only job he ever had was Mc Donalds and he sucked at that. I can't believe that any branch of the military would take him much less give him real money.

Yeah, I've never heard of a 20K enlistment bonus. RE-enlistment, yeah, but not for first joining. 5K is pretty common for first joining, but even that's getting rarer.


I got 20k in 2007 for infantry enlistment, but the window probably didn't last for more than a few months, it was phrased as a emergency-rush measure.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:39:26 PM EST
in 05 my enlistment bonus was a Tshirt.... But I think they gave everyone one of those.


I had a buddy who re-enlisted in 2008 as a motor-T mechanic and got 36k
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:42:11 PM EST
I had a 90k re-enilstment bonus in 2008. Today? not so much
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:44:11 PM EST
Originally Posted By Neopo8:
My sister in Laws son is trying to become a Marine. According to her, the Marines have offered him a $20,000 signing bonus.

I haven't believed a thing the kid has said since he was 5 years old. Any Recruiters out there?


Taking a step back: Why do you even believe he's trying to become a Marine?
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:47:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/2/2011 6:48:17 PM EST by CFII]
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:48:17 PM EST
guy i just shot with the other is leaving in a month...he said marines dont offer sign on bonuses
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:52:00 PM EST
Originally Posted By Dustrod:
I had a 90k re-enilstment bonus in 2008. Today? not so much


They give you that in a lump sum?
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 7:00:48 PM EST
Originally Posted By Infallible:
Originally Posted By whiskerz:
still not enough money ............................ Go army !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!­!


He may be able to actually pass the ASVAB and spell his name with regularity.......
Marines wouldnt let me pick my MOS I wanted Infantry so...went Army instead, they were more than happy to meet my request and threw in some extras.......
-7K bonus
-15K re-enlistment bonus in Iraq Taxfree
-student loan repayment of 25`K...as good as a bonus....
-Get to be in a Bradley also like a bonus...

Link Posted: 10/2/2011 7:14:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By AR15fan:
Originally Posted By Dustrod:
I had a 90k re-enilstment bonus in 2008. Today? not so much


They give you that in a lump sum?


I've been out since '92 but back then they gave 50% up front then spread the rest out over annual payments for length of enlistment.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 7:25:08 PM EST
He's full of crap.
And if he's not, I'm gonna be really pissed 'cause I just signed last week
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 7:30:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By Miles_Urbanus:
Bonuses are down across the board. Retention is high right now. Smells fishy.

that


what MOS?

I got 12k to reenlist two years ago..... that's gone now and that was a lat move to intelligence



I'd be suspicious
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 7:30:58 PM EST
Unless me has gone to MEPS an actually had a contract put together, he hasn't been offered shit.

The recruiter probably just said he could get a bonus up to $20k, which is the maximum.

Now what he actually gets... likely won't even be close to that.
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 7:38:40 PM EST

Originally Posted By C-4:
Originally Posted By Neopo8:
My sister in Laws son is trying to become a Marine. According to her, the Marines have offered him a $20,000 signing bonus.

I haven't believed a thing the kid has said since he was 5 years old. Any Recruiters out there?


Taking a step back: Why do you even believe he's trying to become a Marine?

Most of the Marines I know are pathological liars. It's where the kid belongs.

Link Posted: 10/2/2011 7:40:39 PM EST
Originally Posted By Bushylover:

Originally Posted By C-4:
Originally Posted By Neopo8:
My sister in Laws son is trying to become a Marine. According to her, the Marines have offered him a $20,000 signing bonus.

I haven't believed a thing the kid has said since he was 5 years old. Any Recruiters out there?


Taking a step back: Why do you even believe he's trying to become a Marine?

Most of the Marines I know are pathological liars. It's where the kid belongs.



From my experience, he would fit in pretty well in the Army too
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