Army Enlistment Incentives

Active Duty Enlistment Bonus

The active duty Army offers enlistment bonuses of up to $40,000 for non-prior service enlistments into Army MOS's (jobs) that the Army considers to be critically undermanned. The actual amount of the bonus depends on the actual job, and the length of the enlistment contract. Some jobs offer only a small bonus, some jobs have a large bonus, and some jobs offer no bonuses at all. It all depends on how bad the Army needs new recruits in those jobs.

The maximum enlistment bonus amounts are:

  • 4 (or more) Year Enlistment: $40,000
  • 3 Year Enlistment: $30,000
  • 2 Year Enlistment: $20,000

The Army no longer makes their enlistment bonus amounts available to the general public. That's because the amounts of authorized bonuses can change on a daily basis, depending on the current "needs of the Army." The only way to find out current enlistment bonus amounts is to talk with an Army recruiter.

Army enlistment bonuses can be combined with other enlistment incentives, such as the Quick Ship Bonus, or the Education Bonus, but the maximum total bonus amount that any one person can receive is capped at $40,000.

Payment of Bonuses

Recruits who enlist for cash bonuses totaling more than $10,000 receive their initial payment of $10,000 upon successful completion of initial entry training (basic training and job training). The remaining bonus amount will be paid in annual increments of up to $10,000 a year until paid in full.

Enlistment bonuses totaling less than $10,000 is paid in one lump sum upon successful completion of initial entry training.

Want to learn more about Army enlistment incentives? See our Army Enlistment Incentives Menu.