Marine Signing Bonus (MSB) is a mandatory bonus awarded by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps for those who complete their service as a commissioned officer.
The MSB is the equivalent of the paychecks paid to military personnel who are also active duty service members.
The Navy has historically paid out more than the Marines, and since January 2018, it has offered the Marine Corps the ability to earn up to $4,000 per year in MSBs.
If a Marine is selected for the Marine Guard and assigned to the Marine Expeditionary Unit, he or she is eligible for the MSB.
For all other enlisted Marine recruits, the Marines award the maximum of $1,500 per year.
The $1 million bonus for the marine is the largest military bonus in the United States and is in addition to the $7,500 pay awarded to all Marines and sailors who earn their enlisted service in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos said the Navy is “fully supportive of the Marine corps as they continue to expand their base of support.”