Once a Marine is already on active duty and it is determined that he/she does not qualify for an exemption, there are established regulations which allow a Marine to be discharged in a case of extreme hardship.  It is the individual Marine's responsibility, however, to initiate a request for such action through his/her commanding officer and to provide documentary evidence to prove that an “undue hardship” exists which meets the criteria set forth in current regulations.

No delay, deferment, or exemption (DD&E) from mobilization is granted on the basis of civilian employment.  However, due to the unique situation created by September 11, 2001, the Department of Defense has created a means to consider special case exemptions of certain Ready Reserve members because of their civilian employment.  Marine Administrative (MARADMIN) message 112/03 provides guidance on the exemption of Reservists from activation based on civilian employment.

The Selected Marine Corps Reserve (SMCR) Unit Commander from which the Marine is activated may authorize a delay up to 14 days (2 weeks) in their member's report date.  The Commanding General, Marine Corps Mobilization Command (MOBCOM), may authorize IMA Marines up to 14 days (2 weeks) delay from the scheduled report date.  Retired and IRR Marines may be authorized up to 28 days (4 weeks) delay from the scheduled report date.

Delay, deferment, or exemption requests must be submitted after the Marine receives order to active duty and prior to the Marine reporting for duty.