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Members who enlist under the National Call to Service Program will receive their choice of one of the following enlistment incentives:

  • Payment of a bonus in the amount of $5,000, payable on completion of the two-year active duty service portion.
  • Payment in an amount not to exceed $18,000 of outstanding principal and interest on qualifying student loans. This is also payable upon completion of the two-year active duty portion.
  • An "Education Allowance" which is equal to Full Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) Education Rates for up to 12 months of education
  • An "Education Allowance" which is equal to 1/2 Monthly GI Bill Benefits for up to 36 months of education

Note: Recruits who enlist under the National Call to Service program are not eligible for the MGIB, unless they later reenlist for two or more additional years.

Recruits will be required to stipulate in the enlistment contract which of the above incentives they will receive. Individuals who fail to perform the entire service obligated under the enlistment contract will be required to reimburse the government for any "unearned" portion of the incentive.

Each of the services will be allowed to set specific enlistment criteria. The word I've gotten is that there will likely be a minimum ASVAB score (probably minimum of 50), and that the program will likely be offered only for military jobs that don't have long job-schools (probably five months or less). So, don't expect to be able to use this enlistment option with a job that requires language training, for example.

The Air Force has already announced the details for their program. The Air Force program is EXTREMELY limited. The Air Force plans to limit the option to about one percent of their accessions. That means only about 370 recruits (out of 37,000) will be able to sign up for the program during the fiscal year. Additionally the Air Force is limiting the AFSCs (jobs) available under the program to only 29 jobs. In some of these jobs (such as computer programming), the recruit will have to have civilian training certification before they can apply.

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