The Marine Corps has announced its new relicensing fee reimbursement program for spouses, authorized by the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA allows military branches to reimburse service members for occupational relicensing and recertification expenses incurred by their spouses due to a permanent change of station (PCS) to a new state.
Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs may reimburse Marines up to $500 toward qualifying relicensing or recertification cost of a spouse due to relocation to another state for PCSs effected on or after 12 December 2017.
"Within the Marine Corps community, spouses have a vital role in supporting their Marines and the Corps' overall readiness and resiliency," said Lieutenant General Michael A. Rocco, Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. "Providing this assistance to spouses who face the challenge of interrupting their professional careers and updating their credentials with a move to a new duty station is another example of family readiness."
What is a qualifying expense?
When moving to a new state, spouses accompanying their Marine may need to update a license or certification according to the new state’s requirements. This provision will help alleviate the financial load of recertification or licensing, and Marines and their spouses can take advantage of this program with each qualifying move. Qualifying costs for this program must be:
How does it work?
Spouses who wish to take advantage of this provision may begin the process by bringing the following documentation to their local on-base Personnel Administration Office:
When is reimbursement effective?
The Marine Corps’ addition of the relicensing reimbursement initiative complements the existing suite of programs designed to help spouses continue their career development. Other resources available to spouses can be explored through the Family Member Employment Assistance Program.
Family Member Employment Assistance Program offers a wide variety of services to ensure you are prepared in whatever it is you are seeking assistance with, whether it’s finding employment, going back to school, or even starting your own business.
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