17-156

Proponent

AHRC-EPF-R

 

Title

Selective Retention Bonus (SRB) Program

 

…Issued:[15-May-2017]…

 


A.  MILPER Message Number 17-089, AHRC-EPF-R, (Selective Retention Bonus (SRB) Program), 13 March 2017.

B.  MILPER Message Number 17-153, AHRC-EPF-R, (Selective Retention Bonus (SRB) Program), 10 May 2017.

C.  Department of Defense Instruction (DODI) 1304.31, subject:  Enlisted Bonus Program (EBP), 12 March 2013.

D.  AR 601-280 (Army Retention Program), 1 April 2016.

E.  AR 11-6 (Army Foreign Language Program), 18 February 2016.

F.  Secretary of the Army Memorandum, subject:  Delegation of Authority, 6 January 2017.

1.  This MILPER message is effective on 24 May 2017 and may change after 24 June 2017 without further notice.  This message will expire no later than 24 May 2018.  Changes to the SRB program will be announced in a subsequent MILPER message.  Reference A is rescinded on the effective on the date of this message.  Reference B is rescinded on the date this message is issued.

2.  This MILPER message announces changes to the Active Component SRB program.  This message will be brought to the immediate attention of all commanders, retention offices, recruiters, and Finance and Accounting Offices (FAO).

3.  To avoid future claims of erroneous or unfulfilled commitments, commanders will ensure FAO and retention personnel are advised of the contents of this message.

4.  Soldiers reenlisting under this paragraph may be entitled to a lump sum, flat-rate, SRB payment as depicted in paragraph 5.  Bonuses that are identified for a specific location must adhere to the rules in paragraph 6.  Soldiers must currently possess a Primary Military Occupational Specialty (PMOS) and rank with associated Skill Qualification Identifier (SQI), Additional Skill Identifier (ASI), or language code, if any, or be currently scheduled for training in the listed skill depicting a tiered level in the following table.  If receiving a training bonus for changing their PMOS, the tier must be listed as a tier 3 or higher.  If already PMOS qualified and receiving a training bonus for ASI, SQI or language code only, there is no tier requirement.  Bonuses will not be paid until Soldiers have successfully graduated the PMOS and/or SQI, ASI or language code training that is associated with their bonus, and if applicable, been assigned to the specific location as identified in the table below.

MOSSQIASILANGLOCATIONSL1SGTSSGSFC
11B0402
11B1/25TH SBCT5500
11BJ30077
11BG5555
11BPAIRBORNE POSITION2000
11BU0777
11BV75TH RANGER REGT7777
11C0443
11CPAIRBORNE POSITION3000
12B0220
12BPAIRBORNE POSITION2000
12BPSP OPNS CMD0600
12C0460
12D0040
12HPSP OPNS CMD0005
12KPSP OPNS CMD6000
12M0067
12N3020
12NPAIRBORNE POSITION4000
12P7732
12RPSP OPNS CMD8000
12T5432
12TPAIRBORNE POSITION7000
12WP75TH RANGER REGT0900
12WPSP OPNS CMD0600
12Y2472
13B3622
13D6650
13F5772
13FV75TH RANGER REGT8880
13J6650
13M4772
13P6650
13R4263
14E7575
14E7A8880
14G8333
14H6654
14P7744
14T4473
14TT40007
15BPAIRBORNE POSITION6000
15D4220
15D160TH SOAR7000
15E9999
15F3300
15FPAIRBORNE POSITION7520
15G4330
15G160TH SOAR5500
15H4330
15HPAIRBORNE POSITION7400
15K160TH SOAR0008
15N4440
15N160TH SOAR5600
15P160TH SOAR0060
15PPAIRBORNE POSITION7030
15Q4365
15R4244
15T4004
15T160TH SOAR0775
15TFFC – 160TH SOAR USE ONLY8888
15U4232
15U160TH SOAR5460
15UFFC – 160TH SOAR USE  ONLY8888
15W9999
15Y5244
15Y160TH SOAR8009
17C8888
17C (EA)780TH MI/CYBER PROT BDE9999
17CE6780TH MI/CYBER PROT BDE10101010
18 CMF6666
18 CMF1/1 DLPT OR 1 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)7777
18 CMF1+/1+ DLPT OR 1+ OPI (CTLANG ONLY)8888
18 CMF2/2 DLPT OR 2 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)9999
18 CMF2+/2+ DLPT OR 2+ OPI (CTLANG ONLY)10101010
18 CMF3/3 DLPT OR 3 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)11111111
19D6444
19K3733
25B160TH SOAR6000
25BPAIRBORNE POSITION4003
25BPSP OPNS CMD5008
25CP75TH RANGER REGT9000
25CPAIRBORNE POSITION4430
25CPSP OPNS CMD0600
25D08810
25E0662
25EPAIRBORNE POSITION0070
25EPSP OPNS CMD0090
25MPAIRBORNE POSITION5060
25MPSP OPNS CMD0080
25N5330
25NPSP OPNS CMD0060
25P6420
25PPSP OPNS CMD0800
25Q0430
25QPAIRBORNE POSITION4000
25RPSP OPNS CMD5060
25S7432
25SPSP OPNS CMD0007
25U3200
25U160TH SOAR0508
25UP75TH RANGER REGT0880
25UPAIRBORNE POSITION4000
25UPSP OPNS CMD6005
25VPAIRBORNE POSITION6000
25WPSP OPNS CMD0005
25ZPSP OPNS CMD0005
27D160TH SOAR0608
27DPAIRBORNE POSITION0600
27DPSP OPNS CMD0806
29E4422
29E160TH SOAR0800
29EPSP OPNS CMD0050
31BPAIRBORNE POSITION2000
31D7774
31E3300
31K4000
35F160TH SOAR0007
35FP75TH RANGER REGT0009
35FPAIRBORNE POSITION3324
35FPSP OPNS CMD0005
35G5460
35L8844
35LP75TH RANGER REGT0008
35LPSP OPNS CMD0065
35M2/2 DLPT OR 2 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)4444
35M2+/2+ DLPT OR 2+ OPI (CTLANG ONLY)5555
35M3/3 DLPT OR 3 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)6666
35MP75TH RANGER REGT8878
35MPAIRBORNE POSITION3000
35NP75TH RANGER REGT0077
35P6666
35PFR, PF, TA (2/2 DLPT CTLANG ONLY)7777
35PFR, PF, TA (3/3 DLPT CTLANG ONLY)8888
35PJN, QB, RU (2/2 DLPT CTLANG ONLY)9999
35PJN, QB, RU (3/3 DLPT CTLANG ONLY)10101010
35PKP (2/2 DLPT CTLANG ONLY)KOREA8800
35PP75TH RANGER REGT0088
35QE610101010
35SPSP OPNS CMD0050
35T9833
36B160TH SOAR0900
36BP75TH RANGER REGT0770
36BPSP OPNS CMD0060
37F6666
37F1/1 DLPT OR 1 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)7777
37F1+/1+ DLPT OR 1+ OPI (CTLANG ONLY)8888
37F2/2 DLPT OR 2 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)9999
37F2+/2+ DLPT OR 2+ OPI (CTLANG ONLY)10101010
37F3/3 DLPT OR 3 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)11111111
38B2/2 DLPT OR 2 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)6666
38B2+/2+ DLPT OR 2+ OPI (CTLANG ONLY)7777
38B3/3 DLPT OR 3 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)8888
38BW4CIVIL AFFAIRS BDE9999
42A3000
42A160TH SOAR7006
42AP75TH RANGER REGT7008
42APAIRBORNE POSITION4000
42APSP OPNS CMD0060
42R6000
46Q7730
46QPSP OPNS CMD0900
46R7700
46ZPSP OPNS CMD0009
56M160TH SOAR0900
56MPAIRBORNE POSITION2500
56MPSP OPNS CMD6000
68APSP OPNS CMD0500
68B0430
68C8632
68F4300
68JPAIRBORNE POSITION4050
68JPSP OPNS CMD0060
68K5000
68L4700
68N7043
68R5020
68S3230
68SPSP OPNS CMD0070
68T3000
68TPSP OPNS CMD0700
68U0400
68W4400
68WF28888
68WW1160TH SOAR9999
68WPW175TH RANGER REGT0999
68WPW1SP OPNS CMD9999
68X4030
68XPSP OPNS CMD0070
68Y7700
74DP75TH RANGER REGT8800
74DPAIRBORNE POSITION2400
74DPSP OPNS CMD0600
79R0777
88L0420
88M4422
88MP75TH RANGER REGT7000
88MPSP OPNS CMD5005
88N0520
88NP75TH RANGER REGT0050
88NPSP OPNS CMD5803
89A3300
89APSP OPNS CMD0800
89B160TH SOAR6000
89BPSP OPNS CMD0060
89DPSP OPNS CMD0060
91A0672
91B4420
91B160TH SOAR7000
91BP75TH RANGER REGT7000
91BPAIRBORNE POSITION5000
91C4320
91CPAIRBORNE POSITION5000
91CPSP OPNS CMD6000
91D3220
91E6320
91E160TH SOAR0800
91FPAIRBORNE POSITION4300
91H5500
91HH87700
91LPSP OPNS CMD0700
91M6633
91P4582
91S3230
91SP75TH RANGER REGT6600
91X160TH SOAR0009
92A160TH SOAR8006
92AP75TH RANGER REGT0009
92APAIRBORNE POSITION5300
92APSP OPNS CMD0006
92F5522
92F160TH SOAR9000
92FPSP OPNS CMD0005
92G5522
92GP75TH RANGER REGT8880
92GPSP OPNS CMD6000
92LPSP OPNS CMD7000
92MPAIRBORNE POSITION0040
92RP7742
92RP160TH SOAR0009
92RP75TH RANGER REGT0009
92W0050
92WPAIRBORNE POSITION4500
92WPSP OPNS CMD5705
92Y3222
92Y160TH SOAR8056
92YP75TH RANGER REGT8088
92YPAIRBORNE POSITION5400
92YPSP OPNS CMD6005
94APAIRBORNE POSITION7000
94D5430
94EP75TH RANGER REGT0900
94EPSP OPNS CMD0500
94F3000
94FP75TH RANGER REGT9000
94FPSP OPNS CMD5800
94H4440
94P4700
94R160TH SOAR6000
94S6565
94T5350
94WPSP OPNS CMD0005

*  Language identifier “AZ” includes all Arabic dialects (AD, AE, AJ, AK, AL, AM, AN, AP, AQ, AU, AV, BS, BW, DG, DH, IC, QE, AND QW).

5.  The following table lists the SRB amounts associated with paragraph 4 and 7 of this message:

TIER LEVELRANK12 TO 23 MONTHS24 TO 35 MONTHS36 TO 47 MONTHS48 TO 59 MONTHS60 OR MORE MONTHS
TIER 1PFC$1,000$1,600$2,100$2,600$3,200
SPC$1,100$1,700$2,300$2,900$3,500
SGT$1,200$1,900$2,500$3,200$3,800
SSG/SFC$1,400$2,100$2,900$3,500$4,300
TIER 2PFC$1,500$2,300$3,000$3,800$4,600
SPC$1,600$2,500$3,300$4,100$5,000
SGT$1,800$2,700$3,700$4,500$5,500
SSG/SFC$2,000$3,000$4,100$5,100$6,100
TIER 3PFC$2,100$3,200$4,400$5,400$6,500
SPC$2,300$3,500$4,800$5,900$7,100
SGT$2,600$3,900$5,200$6,500$7,800
SSG/SFC$2,900$4,400$5,900$7,300$8,800
TIER 4PFC$3,100$4,700$6,300$7,800$9,400
SPC$3,300$5,100$6,800$8,500$10,200
SGT$3,700$5,600$7,500$9,300$11,200
SSG/SFC$4,100$6,300$8,400$10,400$12,600
TIER 5PFC$4,400$6,700$9,000$11,100$13,400
SPC$4,800$7,300$9,800$12,100$14,600
SGT$5,300$8,000$10,700$13,300$16,100
SSG/SFC$5,900$9,000$12,100$14,900$18,000
TIER 6PFC$6,300$9,500$12,800$15,900$19,100
SPC$6,800$10,400$14,000$17,300$20,900
SGT$7,500$11,500$15,400$19,100$23,000
SSG/SFC$8,500$12,900$17,200$21,400$25,800
TIER 7PFC$9,000$13,700$18,300$22,700$27,400
SPC$9,800$14,900$20,000$24,700$29,800
SGT$10,800$16,400$22,000$27,200$32,800
SSG/SFC$12,100$18,400$24,600$30,500$36,800
TIER 8PFC$11,300$17,100$22,900$28,400$34,200
SPC$12,300$18,600$25,000$30,900$37,300
SGT$13,500$20,500$27,500$34,100$41,100
SSG/SFC$15,200$23,000$30,800$38,200$46,000
TIER 9PFC$14,100$21,400$28,700$35,500$42,800
SPC$15,300$23,300$31,200$38,700$46,600
SGT$16,900$25,600$34,400$42,600$51,300
SSG/SFC$19,000$28,800$38,500$47,800$57,600
TIER 10PFC$17,600$26,700$35,800$44,400$53,500
SPC$19,200$29,100$39,000$48,400$58,300
SGT$21,100$32,100$43,000$53,300$64,200
SSG/SFC$23,700$36,000$48,200$59,700$72,000
TIER 11PFC$22,000$33,400$44,800$55,500$66,900
SPC$24,000$36,400$48,800$60,500$72,900
SGT$24,500$40,100$53,700$66,600$80,200
SSG/SFC$25,000$45,000$60,300$74,700$90,000
TIER 17PFC$10,000$10,000$15,000$20,000$25,000
SPC$10,000$10,000$15,000$20,000$25,000
SGT$10,000$10,000$15,000$20,000$25,000
SSG/SFC$10,000$10,000$15,000$20,000$25,000

6.  Location specific SRB program:  Soldiers meeting the requirements below may be entitled to a lump sum, flat-rate, SRB payment:

a.  Soldiers receiving a location specific SRB who require training prior to being assigned to the listed location will always receive a training SRB type to be released upon successful completion of the required training and assignment to the listed location.  For example, a Soldier receiving an SRB to go to an “AIRBORNE POSITION” who still requires airborne school (SQI “P”) will be paid a future training SRB regardless of the fact that it is a location specific SRB.

b.  Possess a PMOS and rank with associated SQI, ASI, or language code, if any, and are on Assignment Instructions (AI) to, or reenlisting (to include option E-2) for a location listed in paragraph 4.

c.  ‘SP OPNS CMD’ location specific SRB is not authorized for Soldiers who are currently assigned in, on AI to, or reenlisting (to include option E-2) for the ‘75TH RANGER REGT’ or ‘160TH SOAR’.  Only the following DMSLs are associated with the “SP OPNS CMD” location SRB:  4PO, 8PO, CAB, S03, S05, S07, S10, S11, SFC, SO1, SOG, SPH, SPT, SWC, SX1, SPO.  Location specific SRB’s are not interchangeable and are restricted to the exact location listed in paragraph 4.

d.  Soldiers reenlisting for a location specific SRB will be used in an authorized position based on PMOS, ASI, SQI, and language code as appropriate, for the authorized stabilization period.  Soldiers who fail to complete the stabilization period are subject to recoupment of the SRB.

e.  Soldiers reenlisting for a location specific SRB will be stabilized for a minimum of 24 months (12 months if reenlisting for a short tour area) unless otherwise directed by U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC).  Stabilization will commence on date of reenlistment (CONUS) or DEROS date (OCONUS) for Soldiers currently serving in a valid position at a designated location.  Stabilization will commence upon arrival at the new duty station for all other Soldiers.

f.  The RETAIN reenlistment confirmation process will send the Assignment Eligibility and Availability (AEA) code “U” and termination date for those Soldiers reenlisting for current station stabilization.  Career Counselors will enter the number of stabilization months listed in paragraph e above regardless of the entry authorized on the DA Form 3286.  For all other reenlistment options, installations will use AEA code “G” to stabilize Soldiers for the required stabilization period stated in paragraph e above.

g.  Career Counselors will advise Soldiers who are reenlisting to comply with AI or for a training bonus and receiving a location specific SRB, that if they are diverted or deleted from the designated location, they may be subject to recoupment and should contact their servicing Career Counselor immediately.  Career Counselors will contact HRC, Retention and Reclassification Branch, for further guidance.

7.  Special considerations and technical information:

a.  A Soldier is only allowed one bonus entitlement and cannot combine different bonus authorizations.

b.  Soldiers who reenlist outside of the reenlistment window as established by HQDA, G-1 with a valid reason for discharge, may be paid a bonus if otherwise qualified.  This includes Soldiers reenlisting under option E-1 to meet the service remaining requirement for training in a new PMOS (tier 3 or higher with a valid reclassification control number and approved decision report), SQI, ASI or language code or assignments that require completion of unit specific training (160th SOAR-Green Platoon, 75th Ranger Regiment-RASP1/RASP2) or the associated SQI, ASI, or language code.

c.  Soldiers must be qualified in, or scheduled to attend training for the SQI, ASI, or language code (if applicable under paragraph h below) associated with a PMOS listed in paragraph 4.  However, Soldiers who are scheduled to attend training will not receive their bonus payment until they have completed the associated training and are subsequently assigned to the incentivized location (if applicable).

d.  Soldiers who are scheduled to attend training in a new PMOS listed in paragraph 4 with a tier 3 or higher are authorized to receive the SRB with the associated PMOS, SQI, ASI, or language code for which they are reenlisting.  Soldiers who reenlist to attend PMOS, SQI, ASI, or language code training will not receive their bonus payment until they have successfully graduated the PMOS training and are assigned to the incentivized location (if applicable).

e.  Soldiers will not be paid an SRB for their current PMOS if training will result in a change in the Soldier’s 3-character PMOS, to include those that are approved for an officer commissioning program prior to the date of reenlistment regardless of the reason for discharge.

f.  Soldiers changing their PMOS to 38B are authorized the ASI W4 “CIVIL AFFAIRS BDE” location SRB as long as they are scheduled for ASI W1 training and have a valid reclassification control number and approved decision report at the time of reenlistment, or are reenlisting for option E-3.  Career Counselors will ensure the DD form 4/1 reflects the ASI W4 SRB.

g.  Soldiers who reenlist to meet the service remaining requirement for an HQDA directed detailed assignment (such as recruiting, drill sergeant or instructor duty) are only authorized an SRB for their PMOS, SQI, ASI, or language code, provided they are otherwise qualified under paragraph 4.  These Soldiers are not authorized a location specific SRB.

h.  For a language dependent SRB, the following rules apply based upon the type of proficiency test administered:

(1)  Defense Language Aptitude Test (DLPT), Career Management Field (CMF) 18, 35M/35P/37F/38B.

(a)  In order to be eligible to receive a language dependent SRB identified in paragraph 4, Soldiers must meet the minimum proficiency standards (level 1—listening and level 1 —speaking or reading for all MOSs except 35P, which requires level 2—listening and level 2 —speaking or reading) as reflected in the Enlisted Distribution and Assignment System (EDAS) for their control language (CTLANG) (control language is the primary language and is listed in their 9 character PMOS) within the past 12 months of the date of reenlistment.  Language proficiency standards are listed in reference E.

(b)  Soldiers changing their PMOS are not authorized a language dependent SRB unless their new PMOS is 35P.  If changing their PMOS to 35P, Soldiers are only authorized the tier listed under 2/2 DLPT for the language they are scheduled to attend, if applicable.

(c)  If there is not a specific language listed in paragraph 4, the Soldier must be currently qualified in their CTLANG in order to be eligible for an SRB. Future training SRBs are not authorized unless a specific language is listed in paragraph 4.

(2)  CMF 18/37F/38B only – Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI):

(a)  In order to be eligible to receive a language dependent SRB identified in paragraph 4, the Soldier must meet the minimum proficiency standards (level 1—speaking) as reflected in EDAS for their primary language (CTLANG) within the past 12 months of the date of reenlistment.  Language proficiency standards are listed in reference E.

(b)  Soldiers changing their PMOS are not authorized a language dependent SRB under the OPI.

(3)  In accordance with reference E, commanders/supervisors may recertify annual requirements in lieu of the DLPT or OPI for Soldiers who are deployed for a contingency operation of 180 days or more where testing facilities are not available.  This does not remove the requirement to have EDAS updated prior to the reenlistment.

i.  Soldiers must have completed at least 17 months of continuous active duty (other than active duty for training as a reservist) and no more than 20 years of Active Federal Service (AFS) at the date of reenlistment to be paid an SRB.  Completion of the 17 months of continuous active duty need not occur immediately before the date of reenlistment.  The maximum additional obligated service for bonus computation purposes is 60 months and may only be calculated up to the 24th year of AFS.  If the Retention Control Point (RCP) is prior to the 24th year of AFS, calculate additional obligated service to the current RCP.

j.  Soldiers possessing the SQI of “V” may receive the bonus for SQI “P” or “G”, if otherwise qualified, in accordance with paragraph 4 above.  Soldiers possessing the SQI of “S” may receive the bonus for SQI “P”, if otherwise qualified.  Soldiers possessing the SQI of “U” may receive the bonus for SQI “V”, if otherwise qualified.

k.  Soldiers with a fiscal year 2017 Expiration Term of Service (ETS) date extending under the provisions of reference F for the bonus extension incentive are authorized a lump sum bonus payment of $5,000 for extensions with a term of between 12 and 22 months and $7,500 for extensions with a term of 23 months.  Additional, the entire term of the extension will be counted as previously obligated service for any future bonus calculation, if applicable.

l.  Soldiers with a fiscal year 2017 ETS date who are authorized an SRB listed in paragraph 4 are authorized a kicker amount of $13,000.  This kicker will be paid once all conditions for award of the SRB have been met to include graduation of training, if applicable.  If the kicker amount plus the SRB amount listed in paragraph 5 exceeds $25,000 per year of obligated service, the kicker is still authorized but will be adjusted to meet this $25,000 per year maximum.

m.  Soldiers with a fiscal year 2017 ETS date are authorized to reenlist for a Tier 17 SRB.  The SRB kicker referenced in para 7l above is not authorized in conjunction with a Tier 17 SRB; the entry on DD Form 4/1, item 8b(2) should read:  “SRB TIER 17, MOS N/A “.as this type of SRB is MOS immaterial.

n.  Soldiers who are eligible for an SRB listed in paragraphs 7l and 7m are eligible to receive the higher amount of the two, but are not eligible for both.

o.  Soldiers must meet all qualifications for SRB entitlement in accordance with AR 601-280 and this message.

p.  SRB entry on DD Form 4/1, item 8b(5):  “LUMP SUM PAYMENT AUTHORIZED IAW MILPER MESSAGE 17-XXX PARA X ”

q.  Information on taxable income can be found in table 44-1, chapter 44, volume 7A of the DODFMR.

r.  The maximum SRB, to include any additional plus amount, will not exceed $90,000.  Soldiers may receive more than one SRB throughout their career, but the total combined SRB payments over a career shall not exceed $200,000.

s.  Career Counselors are no longer required to distribute a hard copy of the reenlistment contract to finance.  Career Counselors are required to distribute the DA Form 3340-R to finance if the Soldier elects to cash in accrued leave in conjunction with the reenlistment.

8.  Soldiers with questions pertaining to bonuses and eligibility requirements addressed in this message should contact their servicing Career Counselor.  Servicing Career Counselors with questions regarding this message should contact their appropriate command retention office for clarification.  POC for this headquarters is the Retention and Reclassification Branch, AHRC-EPF-R, HRC, Fort Knox.