In February 2020, the Marine Corps updated its policy increasing the allowable amount for reimbursement of licensure expenses resulting from a permanent change of station (PCS) move, from $500 to $1,000. Professional licensing expenses can be a financial burden to military families with each PCS move. As of 2 June 2022, the USMC reimbursed 321 Marine families $125,555 since its inception.
What do you need to know?
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. Marines and their spouses may 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:
Additional details of the reimbursement policy can be found in MARADMIN 091/20 and by contacting your local Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP) office. For guidance on state laws regarding professional licensing, visit www.veterans.gov/milspouses.
For Marine spouses who require a re-licensure or re-certification during a Permanent Change of Station (PCS), you can now receive a reimbursement of up to $1,000.
The Marine Corps has adopted changes to its relicensing fee reimbursement program for spouses, authorized by the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).