The active component offers an enlistment bonus ranging from $1,000 to $40,000 to non?prior service (NPS) applicants enlisting in areas of skills shortage or for critical training vacancies. Selected prior-service applicants may be eligible for an enlistment bonus depending on the specialty chosen or critical training seat vacancies. Soldiers must successfully complete basic and advanced individual training and arrive at their first duty station before they receive the initial enlistment bonus payment.
The Reserve component offers an enlistment bonus ranging from $1,000 to $20,000. An enlistment bonus of up to $20,000 is offered to NPS applicants enlisting for up to six years in designated units or critical skills. A maximum bonus of $15,000 is offered to prior-service (PS) applicants who enlist for six years. The initial enlistment bonus payment will not exceed $10,000, with subsequent payments made in equal annual amounts until the total bonus amount is paid.