Combat-wounded Marines who want to stay in uniform now have fewer hoops to jump through.

Manpower officials have modified decade-old rules that offer permanent limited duty status to qualified Marines. Under the new Expanded Permanent Limited Duty Status policy, Marines approved for retention can re-enlist for 48 months at a time, and continue to do so without having to face more retention boards.

Marines who desire a spot must submit medical and physical evaluation board results, and a letter to the commandant that states a reason for retention, according to a Corps-wide message signed by Commandant Gen. Robert Neller. The Marine must be willing to accept a lateral move (and is asked to provide three choices), and geographic assignment if determined necessary. Assignments will be restricted to locations that have proper medical facilities required for a combat-wounded Marine’s injuries, according to the message.

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