Professional licensing expenses can be a financial burden to Marine families with each permanent change of station (PCS) move. The Marine Corps aims to ease this cost and assist spouses in this transition by updating policy for reimbursement of licensure expenses resulting from a PCS move, increasing the allowable amount for reimbursement to $1,000.
During the past year, 140 Marine Corps families have received nearly $50,000 in fee reimbursements via the Spouse Relicensing Reimbursement Program. “As more spouses become aware of the program and use it, I hope they realize the Marine Corps values them and appreciates the sacrifices made to their own personal careers to support their Marines,” said Lieutenant General Michael A. Rocco, Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. “Increasing this assistance for spouses who need to update their credentials with each move to a new duty station further promotes family readiness.”
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, 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:
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.
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