Royal Marines chiefs spark fury by offering £10,000 ‘golden hello’ payments

Royal Marines chiefs spark fury by offering £10,000 ‘golden hello’ payments to former Commandos to rejoin

  • Former junior Marines who held rank of Marine or Lance Corporal will get bonus
  • This taxable £10,000 will be paid in installments over four years if they return
  • Serving officers said bonuses should be offered to those who extend careers

Royal Marines chiefs have sparked fury by offering lucrative ‘golden hello’ payments to former Commandos to re-enlist.

For the first time in the corps’ 350-year history, former junior Marines who held the rank of either Marine or Lance Corporal before leaving will get a taxable bonus of £10,000 – paid in instalments over four years – if they return.

But serving troops last night said that the top brass would have been better advised to offer bonuses for personnel who have chosen to extend their military careers.

Royal Marines chiefs have sparked fury by offering lucrative ‘golden hello’ payments to former Commandos to re-enlist (stock image)

‘The bosses should prioritise those personnel who have given more years to the corps and have willingly extended their careers beyond the five- and eight-year marker points,’ said a Marine source. 

‘Without these more experienced Commandos, the corps cannot operate effectively.

‘Instead they’re throwing money at blokes who never rose up the ladder at all. We can train up recruits to do general duties. Why bring back Marines who won their Green Berets and left shortly afterwards?’

On Facebook, one senior Commando suggested it would make financial sense to get himself demoted, resign and then re-enlist.

Former junior Marines who held the rank of either Marine or Lance Corporal before leaving will get a taxable bonus of £10,000 (stock image)

Former junior Marines who held the rank of either Marine or Lance Corporal before leaving will get a taxable bonus of £10,000 (stock image)

3 Commando Brigade, which includes the Royal Marines and supporting Naval and air units, is a crucial part of the UK’s rapid-reaction capability.

Defending the decision, a Royal Navy spokesman said last night: ‘All three Services offer a number of financial incentives to eligible personnel, including recruitment and retention pay.

‘This allows us to get the right people in the right jobs as soon as possible, ensuring that we continue to fulfil our operational commitments to keep Britain safe.’