Army Enlistment Bonus: 43 Jobs Offering Cash For Your Service

On June 6th, the Army updated its Regular Army enlistment incentives program for 2016. This program highlights the latest Army Enlistment Bonus and incentives for applicants enlisting during the second half of 2016.

An Army signing bonus are monetary “motivators” to encourage young Americans to fill critical vacancies that are either extremely challenging or critically under strength.

Army Enlistment Bonus

The active Army is offering signup bonuses up to $40,000 for non-prior service applicants enlisting into Army jobs (MOS) considered to be under strength.

Currently, the Army is offering top dollar for those interested in serving for six years in one of the following jobs:

In addition, the Army has eight additional jobs offering $10,000+ for a 36-month enlistment:

The Complete List of Enlistment Bonuses For 2016

MOS Minimum Time of Service Incentive Level 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year
12N 3 10 $2,000 $5,000 $6,000 $7,000
13B 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
13D 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
13F 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
13R 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
14E 3 1 $20,000 $25,000 $30,000 $40,000
14G 3 9 $4,000 $7,000 $8,000 $9,000
14H 3 10 $2,000 $5,000 $6,000 $7,000
14T 3 4 $14,000 $19,000 $21,000 $24,000
15W 3 6 $10,000 $15,000 $16,000 $18,000
15Y 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
17C 3 5 $12,000 $17,000 $19,000 $21,000
19D 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
25P 3 7 $8,000 $13,000 $14,000 $15,000
25Q 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
25S 3 1 $20,000 $25,000 $30,000 $40,000
25U 3 5 $12,000 $17,000 $19,000 $21,000
35F 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
35G 3 9 $4,000 $7,000 $8,000 $9,000
35N 3 6 $10,000 $15,000 $16,000 $18,000
35P 3 3 $16,000 $21,000 $24,000 $27,000
35T 3 7 $8,000 $13,000 $14,000 $15,000
42A 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
68A 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
68N 3 1 $20,000 $25,000 $30,000 $40,000
68R 3 9 $4,000 $7,000 $8,000 $9,000
68W 3 10 $2,000 $5,000 $6,000 $7,000
68Y 3 10 $2,000 $5,000 $6,000 $7,000
74D 3 10 $2,000 $5,000 $6,000 $7,000
88M 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
91B 3 10 $2,000 $5,000 $6,000 $7,000
91J 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
91M 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
92A 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
92F 3 8 $6,000 $10,000 $11,000 $12,000
92G 3 10 $2,000 $5,000 $6,000 $7,000
92R 3 7 $8,000 $13,000 $14,000 $15,000
92Y 3 9 $4,000 $7,000 $8,000 $9,000
94E 3 8 $6,000 $10,000 $11,000 $12,000
94H 3 11 $1,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
94M 3 6 $10,000 $15,000 $16,000 $18,000
94S 3 9 $4,000 $7,000 $8,000 $9,000
94T 3 6 $10,000 $15,000 $16,000 $18,000

Other Bonuses & Incentives

Quick Ship Bonus

The “quick ship” or “seasonal” bonus, offered to qualified applicants in certain Army jobs who agree to serve for a minimum of three years and are willing to report to basic training in a matter of days.

Seasonal bonus levels are capped at $20,000 depending on the MOS selected. This bonus may combine with all other enlistment incentives, $40,000 is the maximum total bonus amount that any one person can receive.

Ranger Bonus

The Ranger bonus offered to qualified applicants enlisting for an MOS that combines with Ranger training (OPT 40). Those enlisting will be required to complete initial military training (IMT) along with the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP).

The Ranger bonus can be combined with other incentives and will pay upon completion of RASP and assignment to a Ranger unit.

Unfortunately, the bonus can become invalid for Soldiers failing to complete RASP training or by declining assignment to a Ranger unit.

RASP is a physically intense program and not recommended for the faint of heart.

Bonus amounts are currently set for $5,000 or $10,000.

Airborne Enlistment Bonus

The Airborne Bonus offered to qualified applicants who enlist for Airborne training, with a follow-on Airborne assignment.

Bonus amounts are $3,000 or $6,000 $0. This bonus is not offered for 2016.

Note: The total bonus amount may not exceed:

  1. $20,000 for a three-year enlistment
  2. $25,000 for a four-year enlistment
  3. $30,000 for a five-year enlistment
  4. $40,000 for a six-year enlistment

Enlistment Bonus – Am I Eligible

Bonuses are available to non-prior service and prior service applicants with less than 180 days on active duty. Including Reservist and Guardsman, whose initial military training was less than six months.

To qualify, applicants must be a minimum of a high school diploma graduate, who scores more than a 50 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

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Besides, applicants must meet MOS specific requirements for the job to qualify for the bonus.

 Army Signup Bonus

Payment of Army Enlistment Bonus

Applicants who enlist for signing bonuses exceeding $10,000 will receive their initial payment of $10,000 after successful completion of Advanced Individual Training and arrival at their first duty station.

The remainder will be paid in annual increments of up to $10,000 a year until

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 pays 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.

Army Enlistment Bonus Recoupment

Now the bad part. Receiving a signup bonus from the Army is similar to an advance payment for future services. If for some reason, the Soldier is unable to fulfill his obligation, the Army will expect repayment of the bonus.

Upon enlistment, Soldiers sign a written agreement stating “the Soldier has been counseled and understands the conditions under which continued entitlement to unpaid installments (anniversary payments) may be stopped and a pro rata portion of the advance bonus payment recouped.”
This agreement will also clearly specify the terms of the active service commitment entitling the Soldier to a bonus.

Soldiers who fail to complete MOS training or fail to fulfill their initial term of service due to their own misconduct will be subject to the enlistment bonus recoupment policies outlined in AR 601-280.

Soldiers are often required to repay a portion of their bonus due to: voluntary separation, misconduct, failure to meet standards, failure to pass the Army physical fitness test, failure to meet height and weight requirements or failure to maintain qualifications amongst others.

Failure to Complete Service Requirements

A Soldier who voluntarily separates or separates early because of misconduct will repay a portion of the advance bonus, equal to the percent of service obligation not performed.

Failure to Remain Technically Qualified

In some cases, Soldiers will fail to remain technically qualified to continue serving within their MOS. Soldiers who meet any of the following conditions will be subject to recoupment:

  • Voluntary reclassification into a new MOS.
  • Removal of the MOS from the Soldier’s records
  • Refusal to perform certain duties required in the MOS
  • Disciplinary action under the UCMJ or civil court conviction
  • Failure to perform due to injury, illness, or other impairment resulting from misconduct.
  • Withdrawal of security clearance

An Example of Bonus Recoupment

Here’s a simple example of how recoupment works. PV2 Jones enlists as a 25S and receives a $40,000 bonus for a six-year enlistment. Upon completion of AIT, Jones arrives at his unit and receives the initial $10,000 bonus payment. He serves honorably through his second year of service and receives another $10,000 bonus payment the following year.

However, during his eighteenth month of service, he loses his clearance and is no longer qualified to work as a 25S. PV2 Jones will repay a portion of the bonus to compensate the Army.

The math:

  • $40,000 bonus / 72 months = $555.56 per month of service.
  • $20,000 advance / 24 months = $833.33 per month paid in advance
  • $555.56 paid / 18 months served = $10,000.08 bonus earned from service
  • $20,000 advance – $10,000.08 earned from 18 months of service
  • = $9,999.92 owed to Uncle Sam

Here’s an article that discusses the dangers of bonus recoupment.

Important References:

  • HQDA Message, DAPE-MPA Subject: Enlisted Incentive Program Changes Effective: 6 June 2016
  • AR 601-280, Army Retention Program
  • AR 601-210. Active and Reserve Component Enlistment Program
  • UR 601-210 Enlistment and Accessions Processing

 

About the Author MSG Washington

MSG Washington has served within the ranks of the United States Army since June of 2001. With ten years of recruiting experience, he is an expert on Recruiting Operations, who willingly assists applicants across the Country with their enlistment process.

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