A revised menu of re-enlistment bonuses has been fielded for the active component, including a new high-end payment category for soldiers in certain priority specialties. The bonus matrixes apply to both the Tiered Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program and the Bonus Extension and Retraining program.
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UPDATE: High Paying Military Bonuses 2012

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A revised menu of re-enlistment bonuses has been fielded for the active component, including a new high-end payment category for soldiers in certain priority specialties.

The bonus matrixes took effect Feb. 23, 2012 and they apply to both the Tiered Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program and the Bonus Extension and Retraining program.

RECORD HIGH FOR BONUS EXTENSION AND RETRAINING

The high-end payment category, called Tier 11, allows soldiers with priority skills to extend their careers and qualify for bonuses of $22,000 to $90,000, which is a record-high level for the regular SRB and BEAR programs.

Tiers 1 through 10 continue to range from $1,300 to $40,000.

The new payment category gives career counselors the option of offering major retention incentives to soldiers in priority specialties who are nearing retirement eligibility, such as senior NCOs in explosive ordnance disposal.

PRECISION RETENTION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

With 2012 Army end-strength stabilized at 568,000-570,000 soldiers, the Army has adopted a precision retention management system that is updated a few times a year. The new incentives are targeted at 61 military occupational specialties, and many special skill and language-specific subsets.

Because the program is subject to revisions, soldiers in the re-enlistment window should immediately contact their retention NCO to discuss career options, including bonus eligibility.

Under policies in effect as of March 2, 2012, re-enlistment options are available only to soldiers who have enlistment contracts expiring on, or before, Sept. 30, 2012.

The Army requires soldiers in the qualification window to re-enlist at least 90 days before their expiration term of service, or ETS.

The bonus rates that went into effect Feb. 25, 2012 retain the MOS-immaterial options for soldiers serving in Southwest Asia combat zones, while continuing to target soldiers for assignment to certain priority organizations (the 75th Ranger Regiment, Special Operations Command and Airborne) and locations (Guantanamo Bay, Cuba).

The incentives support retention of linguists in such specialties as Special Forces, military intelligence, psychological operations and civil affairs. Priority languages include Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, Pashtu, Thai and French.

HIGHEST PAYING BONUSES FOR MILITARY SPECIALTIES

Military specialties in the highest payment bonus categories include:


  • Ranger-qualified infantryman: (up to $20,400)

  • Unmanned aerial vehicle operator: (up to $32,000)

  • Language-qualified Special Forces soldiers :(up to $32,000)

  • Electronic warfare specialist: (up to $32,000)

  • Cryptologic linguists: up to $90,000

  • Explosive ordnance disposal specialist: up to $90,000



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