Some Marines may get an early Christmas present this year, coming in the
form of early release from active duty. On November 4
th, it was posted in a Marine administrative message that Marines that are
scheduled to separate from active duty between December 15
th and January 5
th and are usually granted leave for the holiday season can be released from
the forces as early as December 12
Are you eligible for early release?
The Early Release Policy is enacted in order to save the government money
on travel expenses and prevent military members from constant and unnecessary
travel during the holidays. Since 2006, this program has prevented hundreds
of Marines from having to travel back to their duty station for final
processing after returning home for their leave.
There are a number of factors that influence whether or not Marines will
be discharged, including:
- Where they are permanently
- If there is any sign of post-traumatic stress or brain injury, requiring
a health evaluation
- Extensions of active duty
- Medical hold
- Transfer to the Fleet Marine Corps reserve or retire list
- Terminal leave
To qualify, Marines must have settled all service debt and completed pre-separation
counseling and the Transition Assistance Program employment workshop at
least 90 days before their release.
What can prevent a Marine from receiving leave?
If a Marine is stationed outside the United States and its territories,
they are not eligible for early leave. Additionally, Marines whose absence
would result in difficultly with the operational command of their unit
are also ineligible for early leave.
However, this is not all good news for Marines. Early release may affect
some pay or GI Bill benefits that rely on 10 years of active duty to qualify,
including how these benefits are transferred to their dependents.
Are you wondering how early release can affect your benefits or receiving bonuses?
Contact Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law as soon as possible. The firm can help explain what you should know about
the Early Release Policy and how you can be sure you receive the benefits
you deserve for your service.