Army Enlistment Bonuses

Army Enlisted Bonus

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There are two types of enlistment bonuses currently offered by the Active Duty Army: Enlistment bonuses for non-prior service recruits, and enlistment bonuses for prior service recruits who have been separated from the military for 91 or more days (those separated from the military for 90 days or less would use the regular re-enlistment bonus charts).

The Difference Between Enlistment Bonus and Re-Enlistment Bonus

Now, there are RE-ENLISTMENT bonuses that military enlisted personnel are offered as the end of their previous enlistment time is coming to a close. These re-enlistment bonuses also depend on the service member's rank, rate or MOS, and the needs of the military for keeping certain qualifications.  If you have a critically needed skill, your re-enlistment bonus could be significant.

The Two Enlistment Bonuses Available

Non-Prior Service enlistment bonus amounts are based on the MOS (job) and the number of years one is enlisting for.  If you are a recruit about the join the military and have highly sought after skills or qualify for challenging jobs within the military (nuclear, special ops, linguist, medical, etc), you could also be eligible for an enlistment bonus or a "signing bonus" just for joining the military.

Prior Service enlistment bonus amounts are based on the following standards:

1 - MOS (job),
2 - Time in Service
3 - Re-enlistment zone "multiplier"
4 - Rank of individual
5 - Years individual is re-enlisting 

If a prior service member qualifies for re-enlistment with a certain set of skills the military needs, he/she could qualify for a bonus if they join for a new enlistment contract.

An example of this process occurring is explained below:

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 Prior Service 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.

Member must have been separated for more than 90 days, but less than 4 years.

Soldiers must reenlist for three years (at least)

Soldiers with broken service selective reenlistment bonus program will reenter on active duty in grades E-4 through E-6 depending upon qualifications and vacancies – in other words “the needs of the Army”.

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