Well the results for SSgt selection and promotion boards were out. My name was not on that list, so after 13 years honorable service I will be receiving a promotion from Sergeant (Sgt) to Mister (Mr.) and orders to 1st Civilian Division (1st CIV DIV). Guess I am going to be needing a new online alias. Marinealver which has been my XBL Gamertag and just about every name I used from Bungie.net forums to RoosterTeeth profile to XBL Gamertag and Steam will be obsolete. How about FmrMarineAlver or exUSMCdude? Well maybe not ex-Marine it is an honorable discharge after all. Eitherway it has been a good run for 13 years. Got to circle the globe a few times, got to meet some famous people such as fmr Sec of State Collin Powell and fmr POTUS William J. Clinton. Also it was fun while it lasted. However I think age has also hit me and trying to keep up with all these 19-20 year olds out of boot camp at the age of 31 is getting tough for me. So time to pass that torch.

So done being a nasty POG now I'll get to be a nasty civilian and to be honest it doesn't sound all that bad. I will miss some things in the Marine Corps such as the humor, and camaraderie (aka Team Spirit) but there will be allot of things I won't miss (i.e. Barracks life, Suicide Prevention Brief, curfew at the age of 30, the list goes on.) So I'll post a joke about troop cuts back in 2004(with the date changed to refer to modern day sequestration). Yet I will always fall back to a popular saying in the Corps, "Once A Marine, Always a Marine" To my friends I have made in the Corps and who have went on before me out to the real world. I look forward to seeing you on the otherside. To all my friends and family who stayed with me as I go off to far away places looking for action and adventure. Thanks for sticking around as a friend and being there for me when I would only be as close as across the country or across the world. Semper Fidelis.

DOD Budget (Troop) Cuts.
Early Retirement for Marines

Please disseminate to Marines at all levels.

As a result of senate-proposed force reductions and budget cuts, the
Department of the Navy has developed a program to reduce the number of
personnel. This program is under test phase and will take effect 01 October
2013. Under this new program, older Marines will be asked to go on early
retirement, thus permitting the retention of the younger Marines who
represent the future. Therefore, this program will phase out older Marines by
the end of the current fiscal year.

The initial phase of the program will be known as SLAP (Specialty Late-Aged
Program). Marines who are SLAPPED will be given the opportunity to look for
jobs outside the Marine Corps.

SLAPPED Marines can request a review of their personnel records before actual
retirement takes place. This phase of the program is called SCREW (Survey
of Capabilities of Retired Early Workers). All Marines who have been SLAPPED
or SCREWED may file an appeal with their chain of command with final
authority at the HQMC level.

This is called SHAFT (Study by Higher Authority Following Termination).

Under the terms of the new policy, an Marines may be SLAPPED once, SCREWED
twice, but may be SHAFTED as many times as the Marine Corps deems appropriate.

If an Marine follows the above procedures, he/she will be entitled to get
HERPES (Half Earnings for Retired Personnel's Early Severance) or CLAP
(Combined Lump-sum assistance Payment), unless he/she already has AIDS
(Additional Income From Dependents or Spouse). As HERPES and CLAP are
considered benefit plans, any Marine who has received HERPES or CLAP will no
longer be SLAPPED or SCREWED by the Marine Corps.

The government wishes to assure the younger Marines who remain on board that
the Marine Corps will continue its policy of training Marines through our
Special High Intensity Training (SHIT).

This Marine Corps takes pride in the amount of SHIT our Marines receive. We have
given our Marines more SHIT than any other service. If any Marines feels they
do not receive enough SHIT at their current assignment, see your immediate