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Featured £10K Royal Marines Trained Rank Rejoin Bounty (RJB) - Introduction

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by Ninja_Stoker, Dec 20, 2019.

  1. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Admin

    Jul 10, 2007

    The RJB is available to a specific cohort of former RM Trained Other Ranks (OR2-3) who left the Corps 1-5 years ago but did not serve for more than 10 years.

    The name of the RJB Scheme is Project FLORY.

    The Offer:

    The RJB is a single payment of £10,000 for 3 years Return of Service (RoS).

    All re-joiners will serve up to 18-months as GD Marine, after which they can elect to specialise.

    Applications to re-join a former specialisation will be considered by RM BM on a case-by-case basis and determined by the needs of the Service at the time.

    Eligibility Criteria

    The RJB will be available to those personnel who:
    • Have previously served on a regular permanent pensionable engagement (including Extensions of Service) within the Royal Marines;
    • Have held substantive rank OR2-3 whilst in RM;
    • Left the RM (and have not undertaken any form of permanent pensionable engagement such as FTRS) between 1-5 years at the time of application and did not serve more than 10 years.
    • Have enough time to serve and can complete the required RoS associated with the RJB before the age of 55
    • Achieve Medically Fully Deployable (MFD)
    • Are deemed competent at the time of application
    • Are in date for Royal Marine Fitness Test on application (see para 11);
    • Have an Performance Grade of B- or higher on their last report in the Service;
    • Make their application for payment between 1 Apr 20 and 31 Mar 22

    In accordance with standard re-entry policy, personnel who have been medically discharged by the Naval Medical Board of Survey or on disciplinary grounds (Discharge Shore - Services No Longer Required) are ineligible.

    Project FLORY

    Project FLORY is a Recruiting initiative delegated to the Department of the Corps Colonel to deliver and to be executed by the RM Enhanced Digital Outreach Cell (EDOC) in CTC, supported where appropriate, by the CNR Re-join Cell and wider elements of the Corps.

    The EDOC will initiate contact and routinely engage with identified eligible personnel.

    Eligible candidates re-joining under Project FLORY will be subject to the normal RN/RM re-entry process. They will attend CTCRM where they will: undertake the RMFT; undergo a medical assessment; have their SC reviewed; attest and complete mandatory MATTs. On completion, ranks will be deemed competent and assigned to the strength by RM CM and it is at this point the application for the RJB can be made and the 3-year RoS commences.

    Applying for the RJB Payment

    Eligible personnel are required to apply for the RJB through their Unit HR

    The 3-year RoS period will commence from the point the re-joiner is assigned into a position on the trained strength. If an individual becomes temporarily medically downgraded (M3 or above) whilst under the RoS, RM BM will apply an extension to the RoS to account for the period the individual is non-deployable.

    Eligibility and Payment

    The RJB will be payable from 1 Apr 20 until 31 Mar 22. However, candidates are eligible and can apply from 6 Jan 20 until 31 Mar 22.

    Repayment of the RJB
    Anyone who does not complete their required RoS will be required to repay the full (net of tax) amount

    All RJB payments are non-pensionable and subject to Income Tax and National Insurance at the rates applicable at the time of payment or recovery.
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  2. HMW1722

    HMW1722 Member

    Jan 5, 2018
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    I always think these kind of rewards are a bit contentious. How about a bonus for those that have stayed in. I think everybody would be happy to have a bonus of £10K! Seems unfair to me that those who leave get preferable pay to those that stayed.
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  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Admin

    Jul 10, 2007
    Yep, the point has already been raised by trained ranks but the truth is, Financial Retention Incentives (FRI) are devisive as they tend to be paid to those who had no intention of leaving in any case.

    To be effective, to give incentive to those who are leaving, you need to award well in excess of £10K to convince someone to take their notice out.

    To award 7000 trained ranks an FRI of £10K+ would cost a whole lot more than a few dozen rejoin bounties but, point taken.

    Equally there'll be quite a few guys who rejoined over the last twelve months & maybe don't qualify for the RJB who will be pretty hacked off.
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  4. johnnyaged5

    johnnyaged5 New Member

    Currently going through the process and each part is 'fast-tracked'. It may be worthwhile making note that although lads will be approached by the Corps Col office, you are still required to sign up via the Royal Navy careers website as a rejoin; your AFCO won't process the application unless done so.

    A big question for myself, and i'm sure others is drafts and preferences. Unfortunately, this has been a brick-wall question with the response of 'life in a green suit, go where the Corps needs you'.

    Do you know if lads going through Project FLORY will get their preferred draft location over lads straight 'out the box'?
  5. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

    Mar 22, 2009
    Your experience of drafting is more up to date than mine, but if your re-join depends on where you end up, I wouldn't trust them as far as I can throw them! When do you hear of the draft? Before you enter the gates at CTC, or after you've done your joining routine?

    Back in my day someone came up with a wazza idea of getting the Troop stack's rating to sweet talk the Chief Wren drafting to secure a gucci draft. It didn't work. :(

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  6. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

    Aug 10, 2010
    Perhaps he wasn't "stacks" enough? :)
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  7. johnnyaged5

    johnnyaged5 New Member

    I’m rats, so any sweet talking is a no-go.

    I presume, I wouldn’t find out the ‘gen’ until I’ve passed the phys and MATTS at CTC and Naval Manning has the green light.

    Then again, I could be wrong. I’ll have a chat with the Corps Col office when I get further down the application and see what their spin on it is!