To draw a talented crew to unfilled army job positions, the active duty Army offers enlistment bonuses for non-prior service enlistments into Army MOS's (jobs).
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More Army Incentives, Bonuses and Rewards

Today's Army offers more enlistment incentives than any other branch of the US military services. Of course, joining any branch of the military comes with the special benefits and rewards of military life including today's most complete GI Bill for educational support, and access to financial programs like VA Home Loans that can help you realize homeownership faster. But in particular, Army special enlistment incentives seem to be expanding further and faster all the time.

Each Army active duty incentive is individual and has limits on combinations with other offers, but in general, a military bonus or bonus combination cannot exceed $40,000. Army enlistment cash bonuses at or above $10,000 are paid in full upon successful completion of basic training. The rest of the eligible army bonus is paid in annual portions of $10,000 until the entire bonus amount is received in full.

There is a wide variety of active duty incentives, enlistment bonuses and benefits available; consider them all when you're considering joining today's Army.


To draw a talented crew to unfilled army job positions, the active duty Army offers enlistment bonuses for non-prior service enlistments into Army MOS's (jobs). The amount of army bonus money offered depends on the MOS, the need for that certain job to be filled, and the length of your enlistment contract. The highest possible bonus for a 4-year enlistment contract is $40,000; for a 2 year contract the maximum army bonus is $20,000.


Army recruits who are willing to report for basic training within 31-60 days of enlistment are eligible to receive a Quick Ship Army Bonus ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 (depending upon your Army job). To be qualified for the quick ship bonus, you must have a high school diploma and a minimum score of 50 on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).


Let your education work for you in this army education bonus program. The Army Education Bonus qualifies active duty army recruits with at least 30 college semester hours completed, to an Education Bonus up to $8,000. The Education Bonus amounts run from $6,000 for high school graduates with a minimum of 60 college semester hours, to $7,000 for two-year associate graduates, to $8,000 for two or more year enlistment contracts.


The $5,000 Ranger Bonus is awarded to active duty recruits taking an army job with the Ranger option, for example 25C, 27D, 42A, 88M, 92A, 92G, 92Y, and 94F. The Ranger bonus is given upon completion of the Ranger Indoctrination Program, and received when the new Ranger recruit arrives at a Ranger Unit.


The Deferred Enlistment Bonus is available to high school seniors not already affiliated with the Army National Guard or Army Reserve. High school seniors enlisted in the Delayed Enlistment Program (DEP) are eligible to receive $1,000 a month (up to $15,000) for participating in one weekend drill per month with the local Army Reserve. An additional $1,000 is also received when the senior graduates. Although the Deferred Enlistment Bonus cannot be combined with the Seasonal Bonus, it may be combined with the Army College Fund.


The Army College Fund (ACF) enlistment benefit builds upon the monthly education payments in the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Maximum Army College Fund amounts are composites of both the Army College Fund and GI Bill benefits, broken down into 36 monthly payments based on the length of your enlistment contract.

Army College Fund benefits are offered only for army jobs that are listed at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). To qualify you must have a high school diploma, a minimum score of 50 on the Armed Forces Qualification Test, and specify Army College Fund terms on the enlistment agreement. You also must have no prior service experience.


Through this pilot (test) Home/ Business Bonus program, the Army is offering qualified recruits with a minimum 3 year enlistment contract up to $40,000 to purchase a home or start a business after your initial term of service is completed. Active duty bonus amounts range from $25,000 for a 3-year enlistment, to $35,000 for a 4-year enlistment, to $40,000 for a 5-year enlistment. This Home/ Business Bonus is only available to active duty recruits enlisting in Albany NY; Cleveland; Montgomery AL; San Antonio TX, and Seattle WA. Eligibility requirements also include a minimum score of 50 on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), and enlisting in an eligible army job.


The Army Civilian Skills bonus is available to army recruits enlisting for a minimum of three years, who have civilian skills the army is looking for. The Army Civilian Acquired Skills Program (ACASP) starts with a base bonus of $5,000, and can go up to $20,000 for qualified Army Reserve applicants enlisting in a critical skill specialty for at least three years. This Army Civilian Skills bonus can be combined with the Student Loan Repayment Program, but only for six year enlistment contracts.


Ever wonder how you'll repay your college student loans? The Student Loan Repayment Program offers eligible active duty Army recruits on a 3-year contract up to $65,000 toward student loans.

The Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is available in most army jobs with enlistment bonuses, and may be available to re-enlisting officers through the new GI Bill. The SLRP program is also available to qualified service Officer Candidate School (OCS) and Warrant Officer Flight Training (WOFT) applicants.


The Army National Call to Service Program allows you to serve 15 months on active duty, participating in Army basic training and Army job school. After 15 months you have the option of re-enlisting on active duty or moving to the Army Reserves.

The bonus perks for the Army National Call to Service Program include up to $18,000 in Student Loan Repayment and an enlistment bonus of $5,000 paid upon completion of active duty service. Your National Call to Service bonus cannot be combined with other bonus incentives, and is available for army jobs listed as: 11X, 13B, 13D, 13F, 13M, 13P, 13R, 14J, 14S, 19D, 19K, 21B, 21C, 31E, 56M, 62B, 88H, 88M, 92G, 92S, 92Y.


The Thrift Savings Plan Matching Fund benefit is for active duty Army enlistments on a minimum 5-year contract, in an army job eligible for this benefit. The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is available to all military service members upon enlistment. Under the Matching Funds program, the army matches the first 5% of your TSP contributions - broken down as dollar for dollar on the first 3% and fifty cents to the dollar for the remaining 2%. Your Thrift Savings Plan Matching Fund incentive is applied to the entire first enlistment term of 5-8 years and may be combined with other enlistment incentive programs.


Civilian Job Preference is not a monetary bonus, but it opens up continual job opportunities for you. Through the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS), qualifying Army or Army Reserve recruits can secure an interview and consideration priority for a civilian company/PaYS partner (of which there are over 275) after completing army service. Just choose a PaYS option during your army enlistment, then prepare for specific job training for your chosen employment option.


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