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Prior Service Enlistment Program Marine Corps Part 2

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It has been a few months since I began the process of accessing from the Active Reserve program into the Active Component, and I wanted to make a quick post about he difficulty I have had since that time.

I was denied seperation from my current component formally with a denied DD368 twice.  I was told to wait until I was within 90 of EAS and was again denied.  I was then told to wait until 45 days prior to my EAS and it was approved.  Keep in mind that when you are a member of the Active Reserve you must seek approval for you seperation directly from the program managers at Reserve Affaris Manpower – 2 (RAM-2).

I am now less than 40 days from EAS and separation and must some how complete all of the required processes including a DD2808 physical that is a MEPS physical, but you can not do this at a MEPS because you are already a member of the military, so you must talk a military hospital into completing this form that they are not suppose to complete.

After I complete this form I must babysit my package through 8 levels of command and then 3 levels of screening in order to be boarded, which only occurs once a month.  So if I am very very lucky I may get my package to the PSEP manager before the July board.  If I am even more lucky I will actually be approved to join the Active Component, even though only 12 Marines have been accessed this year into the PSEP program.

Wish me luck.  I am now preparing for separation in light of the seeming insurmountable administrative mountain of bureaucracy.

USMC PSEP – Prior Service Enlistment Program – Part 1

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Over the last 60 days I have attempted to find all the information pertaining to PSEP or Broken Service Reenlistment in the Marines Corps.  This post is a long hand explanation of current(Jan 2011) policies regarding this program.

First,  the issue of responsible party for handling the accession is contentious.  This issue is addressed in the MCO P1040.31J in Chapter 4 Section 1 Paragraph 5 bullet b.

b. Broken. A former Marine who reenlists in the Regular Marine Corps
while having been separated from the Regular Marine Corps for more than 90
days. An active duty recruiter, per
MCO 1130.80A, Prior Service and Reserve
Augmentation Enlistments into the Regular Marine Corps, may submit broken
reenlistment requests.

Hopefully, these two references will help you stop getting passed off onto some other person.  Translated you will need to have a RSS(Recruiting Sub Station) recruiter sponsor your reenlistment.  It is also a rumor that the recruiter does not receive credit for the accession, THIS IS FALSE.

MCO 1130.80A

ENC (1) 2. b. Accession Credit. Marines reenlisted per this enclosure count for
accession credit.

ENC (2) 2. b. Accession Credit. Marines reenlisted per this enclosure count for
accession credit.

ENC (3) 2. b. Accession Credit
(1) Obligated Reserve Marines who reenlist do not count as an
accession credit.
(2) Non Obligated Reserve Marines who reenlist will count as an
accession credit.

After you have identified your recruiting sponsor you will need to identify your PSEP classification, there are 4 types.  I will address each type below:

FTAP – You served one initial contract and EAS’d.  Minimum rank of Cpl (waiver-able).  A reenlistment code of RE-1A or RE-1B is required.  Rank retained.

STAP –  You have served one or more contracts and have the minimum rank of Sgt.  A reenlistment code of RE-1A or RE-1B is required.  Cannot have received separations pay.  Rank Retained.

Reserve – You are obligated or non obligated reserve component Marine.  More on this later.

The above two steps are arguably the hardest to complete.

Some basic PSEP guidelines:

  1. No packages are excepted in the first fiscal quarter of the year.
  2. MOS’s are only available until their retention target is reached.
  3. District Recruiting commands will have to pull the available boat spaces after January 1st to determine what is available.
  4. What MOS’s are closed for the year are release via MARADMIN’s.
  5. You will need to meet the prerequisites of the MOS prior to submittal reference MCO 1200.17.

If you have determined that your classification as STAP or FTAP then you simply need to begin completing the attached checklist.

PSEP Checklist