Marines Foreign Language bonus pay
Marines watch the USS Iwo Jima off the coast of Onslow Beach in Camp Lejeune, N.C., as Marines and sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct ship-to-shore operations, Dec. 18, 2012. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)

Foreign Language Bonus Changes For Marines Under New DoD Revisions

New schedules and pay ranges announced for Marines involved with foreign language proficiency bonuses.

Defense Department-wide revisions have resulted in a change of pay for foreign language proficiency bonuses for Marines.

According to Marine Corps Times:

“Pay table titles are changed from schedule A to schedule 1, and schedules B and C combined to form schedule 2,” the MARADMIN states.

Marines can collect bonuses ranging from $25 to $1,000 per month, depending on skills, demand and number of additional languages spoken. Those determinations are now made according to payment schedules. The Corps has changed the number of schedules from three to two, based on DoD’s new policy.

  • Schedule A — now 1 — includes languages in the immediate and emerging categories of the Defense Department’s Strategic Language List.
  • Schedule B — now 2 — includes languages annually determined by Marine Corps intelligence to be necessary to maintain a strategic capability.
  • Schedule C — now rolled into 2 — are those included in the DoD or Marine Corps “other” language lists.

Which languages are eligible for bonus pay and which schedules they fall into was not immediately clear. Those lists have been published as “for official use only” in years past and are withheld from public release.

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