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6 reasons its the best time to re-enlist
By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Dec 8, 2008 5:58:52 EST

The backbreaking pace of wartime operations has long worn thin. And for some, perhaps many, life in a civilian suit looks mighty tempting.

But the heavy pace of the Iraq war should ease in the near future, given security gains and President-elect Barack Obamas desire to dramatically scale back U.S. troop strength there. At the same time, the jobless rate on the outside is climbing north of 6.5 percent.

Money for re-enlistment bonuses and potential for promotion are strong, service officials say. But the lousy civilian job market and a potential easing of deployment tempo are two incentives for staying in, as well. If more people stay in, the services wont have to pay as much in bonuses, and promotions get tougher because theres more competition.

That means the robust bonus and promotion picture may not last long. Which means that now right now is probably a great time to stay Marine.

Best of all: Once the service says yes to re-enlistment, a layoff is unlikely. Heres a rundown of six good reasons to stay in now.

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