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Behind the cover: Surprise re-up opportunities

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Manpower and Reserve Affairs has a surprising message for Marines after months of drawdown doom and gloom. Yes, the Marine Corps is cutting 20,000 Marines by 2017 and competition is rising to new levels. But, there is still plenty of opportunity, Manpower officials insist.

Eight months into the fiscal year, they are still struggling to fill hundreds of open billets in an array of MOSs that include a few of the usual suspects like intel, but also a few unexpected jobs, some of which carry thousands of dollars in re-up bonuses.

The reason for the shortage is that many Marines are assuming they won’t make the cut. For details on how you can stay in uniform and potentially take home thousands of dollars, read this week’s Marine Corps Times, on newsstands now, or read it here now.

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