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Army Re-Enlistment Bonuses

Table 1 -- Critical Skills

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Updated March 01, 2009

The Army offers lump-sum re-enlistment bonuses for Soldiers who hold certain Military Occupation Specialties and/or special skills, who agree to re-enlist in the active duty Army. Whether or not a bonus is offered, and the exact amount of the monetary bonus depends on several factors, including MOS/Skill, rank, how much active duty time the Soldier has, and how long the Soldier is re-enlisting for. Re-Enlistment bonuses are subject to Federal income tax, except when the Soldier re-enlists in a designated combat zone. In that case, the entire amount of the re-enlistment bonus is tax-free. Whether or not a re-enlistment bonus is subject to state income tax, depends on the laws of the individual state, that the Soldier claims as his/her legal residence.

Table 1 -- Critical Skills

Effective Feb. 20, 2009, Soldiers who hold a critical skill and rank with a "Y" designation shown in the table at the bottom of this page, may be eligible for a flat-rate, lump-sum bonus as follows:

Zone A (those who have between 17 months and 6 years of active duty service)

  • Private First Class (E-3) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $2,000
  • Private First Class (E-3) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $3,000
  • Private First Class (E-3) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $4,500
  • Private First Class (E-3) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $6,000
  • Private First Class (E-3) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $7,500
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $3,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $4,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $5,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $6,500
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $8,500
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $4,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $5,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $6,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $8,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $10,500
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $5,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $6,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $8,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $10,500
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $12,500

Zone B (those who have between 6 years and 10 years of active duty service)

  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $4,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $5,500
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $7,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $9,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $10,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $5,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $7,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $8,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $11,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $14,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $6,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $8,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $11,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $14,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $16,000

Zone C (those who have between 10 years and 14 years of active duty service)

  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $2,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $3,500
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $5,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $6,500
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $8,500
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $3,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $4,500
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $6,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $8,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $10,500
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $4,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $5,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $7,500
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $10,500
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $12,000

Table 1 Army Critical Skills

MOS E-3 E-4 E-5 E-6
11B Y Y Y Y
11C Y Y Y Y
13B N Y Y Y
13D N N Y Y
13F Y Y Y Y
13M Y Y Y Y
13P Y Y Y Y
13R Y Y Y Y
13S Y Y Y N
14J Y Y Y Y
14S Y Y Y Y
15B Y Y Y N
15J Y Y Y Y
15Q Y Y N N
19D Y Y Y Y
19K Y Y Y Y
21B Y Y Y Y
21C Y Y Y Y
21D N N Y Y
21E Y Y Y N
21Y Y Y N N
25B Y Y Y Y
25L Y Y Y N
25N Y Y Y N
25P Y Y Y Y
25R Y Y Y N
25S N N Y Y
25U Y Y Y Y
25V Y Y Y N
27D Y Y N N
31B Y Y Y N
31E N N Y Y
35F Y Y Y Y
35L N N Y N
42R ASI 9B, 9N,9T, 9U Y Y Y Y
45G Y Y N N
46Q Y Y Y Y
46R Y Y Y Y
51C N N Y Y
56M Y Y N N
62B Y Y N N
63B Y Y Y Y
63H Y Y Y Y
63J Y Y N N
63M Y Y Y N
68S Y Y N N
68T Y Y N N
68W N N Y Y
74D Y Y N N
79R N N N Y
88M Y Y Y Y
88N Y Y N N
89A N N Y N
92F Y Y N N
92G Y Y Y Y
92R Y Y Y Y
92W Y Y N N
94D Y Y Y Y
94E Y Y Y N
94H N N Y N
94Y Y Y N N

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