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Army Re-Enlistment Bonuses

Table 2 -- Special Critical Skills Bonus

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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 2 -- Special Critical Skills

Effective Feb. 20, 2009, Soldiers who hold a special 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. In addition, soldiers in the ranks of private first class (E-3) through staff sergeant (E-6) who hold a special skill in Table 1 (regardless of "Y" or "N" shown in the columns on that table) and who are within 24 months of the end of their current enlistment and in receipt of deployment orders, but who have not yet deployed, may be entitled to a lump-sum bonus as listed below, provided the re-enlistment is executed 30 days before the unit's latest arrival date in theater.

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: $3,000
  • Private First Class (E-3) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $5,000
  • Private First Class (E-3) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $8,000
  • Private First Class (E-3) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $10,000
  • Private First Class (E-3) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $12,500
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $6,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $8,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $10,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $12,500
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $16,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $8,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $9,500
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $11,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $13,500
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $18,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $9,500
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $11,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $13,500
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $17,500
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $20,000

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: $6,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $8,500
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $10,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $13,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $17,500
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $8,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $10,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $12,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $14,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $18,500
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $9,500
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $12,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $14,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $18,500
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $21,000

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: $8,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $10,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $12,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $14,000
  • Specialist/Corporal (E-4) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $18,500
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $9,500
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $12,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $14,000
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $18,500
  • Sergeant (E-5) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $21,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 12-23 months: $11,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 24-35 months: $15,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 36-47 months: $17,500
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 48-59 months: $23,000
  • Staff Sergeant (E-6) who re-enlists for 60+ months: $27,000

Table 2: Special Critical Skills

MOS E-3 E-4 E-5 E-6 E-7
09L Y Y Y Y Y
11B(with ASI V) Y Y Y Y Y
13D Y Y N N N
14S Y Y N N N
18B Y Y Y Y Y
18C Y Y Y Y Y
18D Y Y Y Y Y
18E Y Y Y Y Y
18F Y Y Y Y Y
19D (with SQI V) Y Y Y Y Y
21D Y Y N N N
21P N N Y Y Y
25B Y Y Y N N
25L (with ASI J2) Y Y N N N
25P Y Y N N N
25Q Y Y Y Y N
25S Y Y N N N
27D (wth ASI C5) N N N Y N
31D N N Y Y Y
31E Y Y N N N
35G Y Y Y Y Y
35H Y Y Y Y Y
31L N N N Y Y
35M Y Y Y Y Y
35N Y Y Y Y Y
35P Y Y Y Y Y
35S Y Y N N N
37F Y Y Y Y N
38B Y Y Y Y N
68K Y Y Y Y N
68W Y Y N N N
89A Y Y N N N
89D Y Y Y Y Y
94A Y Y N N N
94H N N N Y N
94S Y Y Y Y N

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