Recognizing the huge potential of Psychological Operations (PSYOP), the Marine Corps is offering big enlistment bonuses to Marines willing to understand and influence America’s enemies.

Junior enlisted (E-3) and non-commissioned officers (E-4 and E-5) who are willing to make a lateral move from another MOS are eligible for a $35K bonus, with an option of an additional $40K if they sign a six-year contract.

The career field is fairly new. It was only in the summer of 2018 that the Marine Corps created the new Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). The aim of PSYOP Marines (0521) is to influence target audiences and advise higher officers and partner forces on cultural considerations to ensure mission success. Candidates will have to complete the Army’s Psychological Qualification Operations Course.  The qualification course includes classes in psychology, sociology, cultural training blocks, language training, and human dynamics training, among other training components.

According to the MOS announcement, PSYOP Marines will be “responsible for the analysis of cultural factors, as well as the development and distribution of products used to cause informational and psychological effects.”