The Air Force, similar to other military services, offers monetary bonuses for new military service applicants who enlist in designated shortage Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs) or military jobs. Initial Enlistment Bonuses (IEB) can be found attached to certain AFSCs
Below is a current list of Air Force Initial Enlistment Bonuses for military service members. Air Force enlistment bonuses are authorized by the United States Air Force, for the benefit of active duty enlistments shipping out on or after October 1, 2010.
AIR FORCE INITIAL ENLISTMENT BONUS
The Air Force usually pays enlistment bonuses in a single-payment sum, after military service members complete their technical training and arrive at the first duty station. Under normal circumstances, the bonus will arrive within the first 90 days of arrival at the active duty station.
Unlike some military bonuses, non-prior service enlistment bonuses are subject to federal and state taxes.
Initial Enlistment Bonuses are based on the current needs of the Air Force, and thus can change at any time without prior notice. Contact your local Air Force Recruiter for changes and additions to Air Force bonuses.
LIST OF ARMY BONUSES BY CAREER FIELD
Airborne Linguists and Crypto Linguists (AFSC code 1A8X1 and 1N3XX): Six-year bonus of $14,000.
Combat Controllers and Pararescue Officers (1C2X1 and 1T2X1): Six-year bonus of $17,000, with a four-year bonus of $3,000.
Tactical Air Control Party and Explosive Ordinance Disposal (1C4X1 and 3E8X1): Six-year bonus of $15,000 and a four-year bonus of $3,000.
Survival, evasion, resist and escapes (1T0X1): Six-year bonus of $16,000, and a four-year bonus of $3,000.
Special Operations Weather (1W0X2): $5,000 six-year bonus, and a four-year bonus of $1,000.
ELIGIBILITY FOR ENLISTMENT BONUS
To be eligible for the enlistment bonus, military candidates must be in Air Force Qualification Test (AFQT) categories I, II, or III. Categories I, II, or III include military service members with a score of 31 or higher on the AFQT, or higher on the ASVAB.