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  • Announcements

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
    We wake up this cold January morning - many of us with snow on the ground still (sorry, Dropbears) - ready to go back to bed. Alas it is Monday.. and for this Unit the most important Monday of the year. Down come the decorations and up we take the reins, ready to begin a new year. Our Winter Stand Down is over, and it is time to get back to work. That doesn't mean the fun ends.. on the contrary, it's just getting started.
    The last two years of the Unit have been rocky, trying, and difficult. The year 2018 for the 15th MEU Realism Unit - our eleventh - will be no less difficult. But we start this year with more hope and promise than the last couple years have brought us. Our numbers and confidence are back on the rise. Our Unit, rocked to its core and left wondering who it is as time, has righted the ship and are prepared to continue and strengthen our place as the foremost and premiere realism community of the Armaverse.
    It will still be hard. Sometimes it will still feel like we are not as we were. And it will be true. We are not the 15th MEU Realism Unit of 2014.. just as we are not the Unit of 2007, 2010, or even last year. We are older, smarter, and better. Every year - with every ounce of experience we get, every new person we bring into the fold, every change we make - we become better. This has always been the case, and this will continue to be the case. Some of you may call 2018 a 'return' of the 15th. We never went anywhere. We've always been here. We will continue to be here. We are the Standard-bearer.
    Welcome back from Break. Our work begins again today. Enjoy it. This place is supposed to be fun; it's what you make of it.
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO
    PS. The decorations have come down.. which means beatings will resume until morale improves.

    Col Penny
    Winter Stand Down has begun.
    All work from here until January 15th, 2018 is optional. Paperwork might not be processed, there will be no promotions, there will be no training, there will be no unit operations.
    Have a good Winter Break, and Happy Holidays.

    Col Penny

    NJP Changes

    By Col Penny, in Command Announcements,

    Attention All Hands,
    We are making some adjustments to the NJP Policy to allow more ability for those able to hand out NJPs. Currently there isn't quite enough.... teeth... to what they are allowed. We are changing this.
    Effective 15JAN17 we are doing away with the scaled deductions based on the administer's billet. The scale will, instead, be done by the offender's rank. The person administering the NJP will be able to deduct a maxmimum of 25% of the difference of CSE/CSO needed from their current rank to the next.
    That's someone complicated, I know, but below I will list out the maximum points allowed to be NJP'd per rank, in accordance with the new promotion policy listed HERE. These NJP maximums will be based only on the Category A points for the sake of simplicity. 
    E-1: 4
    E-2: 5
    E-3: 12
    E-4: 14
    E-5: 21
    E-6: 21
    E-7: 19
    E-8: 15
    E-9: 15
    O-1: 11
    O-2: 15
    O-3: 16
    O-4: 17
    O-5: 16
    O-6: 16
    Additionally, with the new Pay Grades HERE, those administering NJP will be able to deduct up to 25% of one's monthly pay. For simplicity's sake, here is the scale (this is subject to change):
    E-1: $40
    E-2: $45
    E-3: $47
    E-4: $52
    E-5: $57
    E-6: $62
    E-7: $72
    E-8: $103
    E-9: $127
    O-1: $76
    O-2: $88
    O-3: $101
    O-4: $115
    O-5: $133
    O-6: $160
    Any questions regarding this new policy may be directed here.
    Again this is effective following WSD, when the new promotion policy takes effect. Until then the current NJP policy remains in place.
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny

    Pay Grade

    By Col Penny, in Command Announcements,

    Attention All Hands,
    I have been flirting with this idea, as some of you may have seen before. Command Staff has now authorized this to see what else becomes of it.
    Effective immediately, all pay grades will now have an associated pay. That's right Devil Dogs.... you're now getting paid.
    Below is the payscale for all pay grades:

    A few items to note:
    This pay is monthly. There will be no pay difference between Reservists and Active Duty. This is prohibitively complicated. There will be no pay difference between MOS or billets. This is prohibitively complicated. There will be no additional pay for S-Shops. This is prohibitively complicated. Pay will be administered on the 1st of every month. Your rank as of 12:01am on that date will determine your pay for the month. Bonuses may be given by section leaders to individual(s) with approval from MEU HQ.  
    Currently there are only a few unit-specific items you will be able to spend this money on. This is expected to grow as more ideas come with this system now implemented, as well as organic systems not regulated by the Unit.
    The items are as follows:

    The above items require some explanation:
    Every promotion you receive will incur a $100 deduction from your pay. This is to simulate having to purchase all brand new insignia for all of your uniforms. Awards and Decorations will be undergoing some major changes: All current Awards and Decs will cease work and will be removed All signature images will be replaced with a coyote vest patch, the exact same as is currently in my signature. Every member, from fresh SOI Private to Colonel, will have and carry one of these patches. No member, any longer, should have a blank signature. This patch can be replaced with the purchase of the Service Green Awards and Decs (what we currently use). This patch, or the Service Greens, can be replaced with a Dress Blues Awards and Decs (new). In addition, NCOs and Officers may purchase an NCO or Officer Sword for display next to Awards and Decs (Dress Blues only). Awards and Decs Staff will no longer maintain these racks on a specific time basis. If you want your rack updated you will have to request and purchase an update.  
    The administration of this pay (automatic pay, deductions, tracking) will be done through a plugin on the forums. For this we will be needed to purchase and add the Automation Rules. We are already using the light version of this, which you will have experienced if you have made a Proposal lately and had its status changed. The Lite version of this extension only allows 10 rules, which we are currently using 3 of. We will need many more for the Pay Grades, and the purchase of this allows for the possibility of adding many more rules (automatic notification of application flagging, etc.). For this we will be taking donations.
    Any questions about this system may be directed here.
    Replacement of signatures will begin immediately.
    First pay will be administered January 1st.
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
    Just about every year we tweak the promotion policy somewhat. Now is time for our annual tweaks.
    We have noticed, and discussed, the past couple years the degrading meaning of some ranks because they are too 'easy' to get, and that they are not treated or taught as well as they could. While we continue to make steps towards better education, we are today implementing a better experience need for everyone.
    Effective 15JAN17 (after WSD):
    The amount of of Time in Grade (and thus points, of course) required for almost all enlisted ranks will be increased Category B requirements for Corporal and Sergeant will be reduced from 3x to 2x, and for SSgt+ will be reduced from 3x to 1.5x (this is the old system) Officer TIG requirements will not be changing at this time (subject to change after WSD, they are being examined), but CSO requirements are being reduced. The reason for this is because the math was way off. All CSE/CSO requirements are calculated to the minimum amount of points one would acquire with 100% attendance (14 per month) in the TIG period, plus an extra 15% effort for all officer and NCO ranks. Officers were, somehow, miscalculated to be 21 points per month. This has been corrected. Officer Category B requirements will remain 3x  
    The new requirements will be as follows:
    Any questions about these changes may be made here.
    As stated previously officers may also see a TIG increase after WSD. For now only enlisted TIG has been affected.
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
    With the departure of Captain Wiggin this Unit is losing a stalwart member of our ranks. He will be sorely missed, and fondly remembered. His leaving leaves open not only a spot in our hearts, but the position of LED Platoon Commander.
    It is with pride that I announce, effective immediately, Sergeant Towers will be stepping into the role of LED Platoon Commander. Though he has not been with us for (relatively) long, he has proven himself already to be a man worthy of this position.
    Good luck, Mr. Towers. Welcome to the game.
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
    Effective immediately:
    Enlisted Reservists may no longer be promoted past the rank of Lance Corporal.
    Officer/SNA Reservists will still be eligible to be promoted to a maximum of Second Lieutenant.
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
    Currently the only individuals allowed to teach the M32/DMR Qualification Courses are Platoon HQ. While this allows them to control whom is taking the course, it restricts the pool of available teachers too much to be effective.
    Since we expect our Range Instructors to be proficient and able to teach any weapon system, the following change is effective immediately:
    Rifle Range Instructors are now eligible to administer the M32/DMR Qualification Course to those who have been approved by their Platoon HQ.
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
    Effective immediately we will be adding a criteria for eligibility of the Combat Instructor Ribbon:
    -Every Parachute Qualification School class will count as 2 hours of credit towards the Combat Instructor Ribbon for the instructors.
    This change is effective immediately and is not retroactive.
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Capt Roberts
    The S-1 Personnel Staff, Headquarters, and Command Staff of the 15th MEU Realism Unit would like to congratulate the following individuals for successfully meeting the requirements and approval for promotion. They are to be afforded the respect that accompanies their new rank, and will be expected to uphold their new responsibilities and higher standards as is appropriate. We wish them continued success in their e-Marine careers.
    Approved by the Command Staff, and effective 03DEC17
    Promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant (2ndLt)
    SNA Bahnasy, K 
    Promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant (2ndLt(T))
    Sgt Towers
    Promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal (LCpl)
    PFC LaVigne, N
    PFC Lucier, M
    PFC Raines, D
    PFC Rinker, C
    PFC Rouse, J
    PFC Rush, R
    PFC Walsh, C
    PFC Wanner, L
    Promoted to the rank of Hospitalman Class (HN)
    HA Grim, J
    Promoted to the rank of Private First Class (PFC)
    Pvt Charms, J
    Pvt Jenkins, T.
    Pvt Rivera, E
    Pvt Smith, R. J.
    Pvt Webber, O



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