This morning I read over on the mil.com boards about a new recon option and didn't believe it, there were rumors about this for a long time but it was always just scuttlebutt, but now it's 100% for real. So when I went into my recruiters office this afternoon and talked to him, it turns out this is true and it was just approved earlier this week. The reason for this option is that Recon is hurting for more bodies and the indoc at SOI is so tough that like 99% of infantry Marines most who are already PT studs don't even make it through the indoc, out of more than 850 new Marines who took the indoc at SOI the last quarter, only 12 of them actually made it and even then they're still not IN recon, they have to get through BRC before they get the 0321 Recon MOS. The way the Recon Option Contract works is basically the same way that SEAL Challenge Contract works, all it does is guarantee you the opportunity to take the indoc, NOTHING MORE. Some of the requirements for this contract are 1st class PFT, 1st class swim qual, 20/20 vision, must be able to pass an airborne physical, and a few other things. There is also an $8,000 bonus that you are given which is paid in full IF you make it through the indoc and then make it through the brutal 6 month BRC course. If you get this option and fail the indoc, then you just just become a standard 03xx infantry Marine which is still . This is going to attract a lot of people who otherwise were turned away from the Corps because there were never any guaranteed opportunities to take the indoc. The SEAL Challenge Contract, if you wash out of the program then you go paint ships and swab decks for 4 years, with the Recon Option contract if you wash out, then you still get to become a regular Infantry Marine. For more information, go see your local USMC recruiter.