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The Army offers monetary bonuses for soldiers who agree to re-enlist in "shortage" MOSs (jobs).

The amount of bonus depends on the "Multiplier" assigned to the MOS, the individual's rank, the member's time in service, and the number of years the individual re-enlists for. In some cases, the bonus multiplier also depends on where the individual is stationed.

The Bonus "Zone" is simply the amount of time the person has been in the military:

Zone A -- Soldiers who re-enlist with between 17 months and 6 years of service.

Zone B -- Soldiers, who -- at the time of re-enlistment -- have between 6 years and 10 years of service.

Zone C -- Soldiers who re-enlist with between 10 and 14 years of service.

For example, let's say the Bonus chart shows the following information:

MOS SPC SGT SSGT
123 WRENCH HOLDER 1.5A 1A/1.5B/0 2A/3B/4C

This means that a specialist/corporal (E-4) who re-trained into this MOS, with between 17 months and 6 years of service (Zone A) at the time of re-enlistment would have a "Bonus Multiplier" of "1.5." A Sergeant (E-5) who re-trained into this MOS with between 17 months and 6 years of service (Zone A) would have a "Bonus Multiplier" of "1." If the Sergeant had between 6 years and 10 years of service (Zone B), he/she would have a "Bonus Multiplier of "1.5." There is no bonus authorized here for a Sergeant with between 10 and 14 years of service. A Staff Sergeant (E-6) with less than six years of service (Zone A) would have a "Bonus Multiplier" of "2." The same Staff Sergeant would have a "Bonus Multiplier" of "3" if he/she had between 6 and 10 years of service (Zone B), and a bonus multiplier of "4" if he/she had between 10 and 14 years of service (Zone C).

The formula to compute the bonus amount is:

(BONUS MULTIPLIER) X (MONTHLY BASE PAY) X (NUMBER OF YEARS RE-ENLISTING FOR)

Below are the Bonus Multipliers established by the Army for the Army Re-enlistment Bonus Program for MOS's which have a maximum bonus cap of $30,000.

Bonuses are paid in Lump Sum, at the time of re-enlistment. This list is current as of June 8, 2005, and the bonus amounts are effective for re-enlistments after June 8, 2005..

Bonuses are subject to change. For the very latest in enlistment bonuses, check the Army MILPER Messages.  

Note: For soldiers with an ETS (Estimated Time of Separation) that falls between 6 January 2006 and 30 September, 2006, the multipliers shown below are increased by 0.5. For solders with an ETS between 1 October 2006 and 30 September 2007, the bonus multipliers shown below are increased by 1.5.

For any soldier who has an ETS between 6 January 2006, and 30 September 2007, the bonus caps (shown above) are increased by $7,500. So, a soldier with an ETS between these dates who reenlist in Zone A has a bonus cap of $17,500, and a soldier who reenlists in Zone B or C has a bonus cap of $22,500. For complete details, see Army MILPER Message 06-007.

 

MOS/TITLE

SPC

SGT

SSG

18B SF  WEAPONS SERGEANT

3A

3A/3B/3C

3A/3B/3C

18C SF ENGINEER SERGEANT

3A

3A/3B/3C

3A/3B/3C

18C EUROPE

0

0/0/0

3.5A/3.5B/0

18D SF MED SERGEANT

4A

4A/4B/4C

4A/4B/4C

18D EUROPE

0

0/0/0

4.5A/4.5B/0

18E SF COMMO SERGEANT

4A

4A/4B/4C

4A/4B/4C

18E EUROPE

0

0/0/0

4.5A/4.5B/0

18F SF ASST OP/INTEL SGT

0

0/0/0

0/0/4C

25S SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS OPERATOR-MAINTAINER

3A

2.5A/2B/0

2.5A/2B/0

89D EOD SP

3.5A

3.5A/3.5B/0

3.5A/3.5B/3C

89D EUROPE

4A

0/0/0

0/0/0

 

Other information contained in the message:

THE SRB MULTIPLIERS LISTED ABOVE ARE TARGETED FOR SPC, SGT, AND SSG. THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS APPLY:

A. PFC MAY REENLIST FOR THE A ZONE BONUS LISTED FOR SPC IN ACCORDANCE WITH AR 601-280, PARAGRAPH 5-6B(3).

B. SOLDIERS IN THE GRADE E-4 OR E-4(P) ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ZONE B BONUS.

C. SFC IN CMF 18, MOS 89D AND THOSE MOS WITH SQI W/”T” MAY REENLIST FOR THE SRB LISTED FOR SSG IF OTHERWISE QUALIFIED.

PRIOR SERVICE (PS) SOLDIERS SEPARATED FROM THE ARMY OR OTHER BRANCHES OF THE SERVICE WHO ENLIST/REENLIST WITHIN 90 DAYS OF DISCHARGE MAY RECEIVE AN SRB IF OTHERWISE QUALIFIED. HOWEVER, PS SOLDIERS FROM OTHER BRANCHES OF SERVICE MUST VERIFY WITH HRC - ALEXANDRIA (AHRC-EPR-P) THAT THE MOS CONVERTS WITHOUT ADDITIONAL TRAINING PRIOR TO ENLISTMENT AND ENTRY ON DD FORM 4.

DETAILED RECRUITERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO RECLASSIFY INTO MOS 79R IF THEY MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR RECLASSIFICATION. DETAILED RECRUITERS SERVING ON A TERM FOR WHICH THEY RECEIVED AN SRB IN THEIR PMOS WILL NOT FORFEIT ANY PORTION OF THEIR SRB WHEN RECLASSIFIED INTO PMOS 79R.

SRB ASSOCIATED WITH AIRBORNE (SQI "P") AND AIRBORNE RANGER (SQI "V"): SOLDIERS WHO REENLIST FOR THE ARMY TRAINING REENLISTMENT OPTION OR FOR THE NEEDS OF THE ARMY TO MEET A DA IMPOSED SERVICE REMAINING REQUIREMENT FOR AIRBORNE OR AIRBORNE RANGER TRAINING AND SUBSEQUENT ASSIGNMENT TO AN AUTHORIZED AIRBORNE OR AIRBORNE RANGER POSITION MAY BE PAID THE SRB ASSOCIATED WITH SQI "P" OR SQI "V". HOWEVER, BONUS WILL NOT BE PAID UNTIL SOLDIER IS ASSIGNED TO AN AUTHORIZED AIRBORNE OR RANGER POSITION AND PROVIDES DOCUMENTATION, VERIFYING COURSE COMPLETION. FAILURE TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE AIRBORNE OR AIRBORNE RANGER TRAINING OR TO BE ASSIGNED TO AN AUTHORIZED AIRBORNE OR AIRBORNE RANGER POSITION WILL RESULT IN RECOUPMENT OF THE SRB.

ELIGIBLE SOLDIERS STATIONED AT DESIGNATED INSTALLATIONS/LOCATIONS/COMMANDS AND REENLISTS OPTION (E-2), CURRENT STATION STABILIZATION REENLISTMENT OPTION, OR ARE ELIGIBLE AND REENLIST FOR A VALID POSITION AT ONE OF THE DESIGNATED INSTALLATIONS/LOCATIONS/COMMANDS WILL BE ENTITLED TO THE LOCATION SPECIFIC SRB AS OUTLINED IN THIS MESSAGE. SOLDIERS REENLISTING FOR A LOCATION SPECIFIC SRB WILL BE USED IN AN AUTHORIZED POSITION BASED ON MOS/ASI/SQI/LANGUAGE, AS APPROPRIATE, FOR THE AUTHORIZED STABILIZATION PERIOD. SOLDIERS WHO FAIL TO COMPLETE THE STABILIZED PERIOD ARE SUBJECT TO RECOUPMENT OF THE SRB.

LOCATION SPECIFIC SRB FOR CONUS: SOLDIERS WILL BE STABILIZED FOR A MINIMUM OF TWO YEARS UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED BY HRC. STABILIZATION WILL COMMENCE ON DATE OF REENLISTMENT FOR SOLDIERS REENLISTING FOR CURRENT STATION. SOLDIERS REENLISTING FOR ASSIGNMENT TO A DESIGNATED INSTALLATION/LOCATION/COMMAND, STABILIZATION WILL COMMENCE UPON ARRIVAL AT THE NEW DUTY STATION.

LOCATION SPECIFIC SRB FOR KOREA: SOLDIERS REENLISTING FOR A LOCATION SPECIFIC SRB FOR KOREA WILL BE STABILIZED FOR 24 MONTHS. STABILIZATION WILL COMMENCE UPON ARRIVAL IN KOREA. SOLDIERS REENLISTING IN KOREA WILL BE PAID THE LUMP SUM BONUS IF THEY EXTEND THEIR FOREIGN SERVICE TOUR AN ADDITIONAL TWELVE (12) MONTHS FROM CURRENT DEROS.

(1) SOLDIERS MUST COMPLETE THE REENLISTMENT PERIOD TO MAINTAIN ENTITLEMENT TO THE BONUS.

(2) IAW MILPER MSG 04-115, SOLDIERS MAY NOT DRAW BOTH A LOCATION SELECTIVE REENLISTMENT BONUS AND THE ASSIGNMENT INCENTIVE PAY (AIP) FOR KOREA.

LOCATION SPECIFIC SRB FOR EUROPE: SOLDIERS REENLISTING FOR A LOCATION SPECIFIC SRB FOR EUROPE MUST REENLIST FOR OPTION E-2 (STABILIZATION) ONLY. SOLDIERS REENLISTING IN EUROPE WILL BE PAID THE LUMP SUM BONUS IF THEY EXTEND THEIR FOREIGN SERVICE TOUR AN ADDITIONAL EIGHTEEN (18) MONTHS FROM CURRENT DEROS. EXCEPTIONS TO POLICY WILL BE CONSIDERED TO ALLOW SOLDIERS TO REENLIST FOR STABILIZATION OUTSIDE THE 12 MONTH WINDOW, WITH BELOW GUIDANCE:

(1) SOLDIERS, REGARDLESS OF ETS WITHIN 18 MONTHS OF DEROS THAT HAVE AN APPROVED FSTE/IPCOT OF AT LEAST 18 MONTHS BEYOND CURRENT DEROS.

(2) ONCE ABOVE CRITERIA HAS BEEN VALIDATED BY USAREUR G1, USAREUR RETENTION WILL SUBMIT EXCEPTION REQUEST TO RETENTION MANAGEMENT BRANCH (RMB) FOR MANUAL OVERRIDE OF RETAIN.

LOCATION SPECIFIC SRB FOR 75TH RANGER REGIMENT, SP OPNS CMD (SQI “P” SP OPNS CMD) OR 82ND ABN (SQI “P” 82ND ABN): SOLDIER WILL BE STABILIZED FOR MINIMUM OF TWO YEARS UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED BY HRC. STABILIZATION WILL COMMENCE ON DATE OF REENLISTMENT FOR SOLDIERS REENLISTING FOR CURRENT STATION. FOR SOLDIERS REENLISTING FOR AN ASSIGNMENT TO A DESIGNATED LOCATION, STABILIZATION WILL COMMENCE UPON ARRIVAL AT THE NEW DUTY ASSIGNMENT. HOWEVER, BONUS WILL NOT BE PAID UNLESS SOLDIER IS ASSIGNED TO THE 75TH RANGER REGIMENT, SP OPNS CMD (SQI “P” SP OPNS CMD) OR 82ND ABN (SQI “P” 82ND ABN). FAILURE TO BE ASSIGNED TO AN AUTHORIZED POSITION IN THE 75TH RANGER REGIMENT, SP OPNS CMD (SQI “P” SP OPNS CMD) OR 82ND ABN (SQI “P” 82ND ABN) WILL RESULT IN THE RECOUPMENT OF THE SRB.

SOLDIERS ON AI TO ONE OF THE DESIGNATED INSTALLATIONS/LOCATIONS/COMMANDS (EXCLUDING EUROPE) LISTED IN THE SRB-INVENTORY PROGRAM WHO REENLIST REGULAR ARMY REENLISTMENT OPTION, E-1, (TO MEET THE SERVICE REMAINING REQUIREMENT (SRR)) CAN RECEIVE THE SRB PROVIDED THEY ARE OTHERWISE QUALIFIED. SOLDIERS REENLISTING TO COMPLY WITH AI TO ONE OF THE SELECTED LOCATIONS WILL NOT BE DELETED UNLESS SOLDIER WAIVERS THE HIGHER ENTITLEMENT AND APPROVED BY AHRC-EPR (RMD). CAREER COUNSELORS WILL ADVISE SOLDIERS WHO ARE REENLISTING TO COMPLY WITH AI AND ARE RECEIVING A LOCATION SPECIFIC SRB, THAT IF THEY ARE DIVERTED OR DELETED FROM THE DESIGNATED INSTALLATION/LOCATION/COMMAND, THEY SHOULD CONTACT THEIR SERVICING CAREER COUNSELOR OF THIS ACTION. CAREER COUNSELORS WILL CONTACT HRC, REENLISTMENT MANAGEMENT BRANCH FOR FURTHER GUIDANCE.

SOLDIERS WHO REENLIST TO MEET THE SRR FOR A HQDA DIRECTED DETAILED ASSIGNMENT, TO INCLUDE RECRUITING, DRILL SERGEANT, OR INSTRUCTOR ARE NOT AUTHORIZED THE HIGHER LOCATION SPECIFIC SRB LEVEL AS OUTLINED IN THIS MESSAGE.

A SOLDIER WILL NOT FORFEIT ANY PORTION OF AN SRB WHEN THE SOLDIER IS NO LONGER CLASSIFIED IN THE BONUS SPECIALTY WHEN THE SOLDIER IS RECLASSIFIED WITHIN THE SAME CMF OR INTO CMF 18, UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED BY HRC.

A MINIMUM REENLISTMENT TERM OF THREE YEARS IS STILL A REQUIREMENT FOR SRB ENTITLEMENT. A TWO-YEAR REENLISTMENT TERM DOES NOT ENTITLE A SOLDIER TO AN SRB.

SOLDIERS WHO REENLIST TO MEET THE SERVICE REMAINING REQUIREMENT FOR AN HQDA DIRECTED DETAILED ASSIGNMENT (SUCH AS RECRUITING, DRILL SERGEANT, OR INSTRUCTOR DUTY) ARE AUTHORIZED PAYMENT OF AN SRB FOR THEIR PMOS, SQI, ASI, OR LANGUAGE CODE, PROVIDED OTHERWISE QUALIFIED.

SOLDIERS WHO HOLD MOS 98G AS THEIR PMOS AND WHO RETRAIN INTO ANOTHER LANGUAGE MAY REENLIST UPON COMPLETION OF TRAINING IN THE NEW LANGUAGE AND RECEIVE AN SRB PROVIDED OTHERWISE QUALIFIED. SOLDIERS MUST GRADUATE FROM THE ASSOCIATED AIT TO MAINTAIN ENTITLEMENT TO THE SRB.

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