Selective Retention Bonus (SRB) Program
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 Reference A is rescinded on the effective on the date of this message. Reference B is rescinded on the date this message is issued.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.
|11B||V||75TH RANGER REGT||7||7||7||7|
|12B||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||6||0||0|
|12H||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||0||5|
|12K||P||SP OPNS CMD||6||0||0||0|
|12R||P||SP OPNS CMD||8||0||0||0|
|12W||P||75TH RANGER REGT||0||9||0||0|
|12W||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||6||0||0|
|13F||V||75TH RANGER REGT||8||8||8||0|
|15T||FFC – 160TH SOAR USE ONLY||8||8||8||8|
|15U||FFC – 160TH SOAR USE ONLY||8||8||8||8|
|17C (EA)||780TH MI/CYBER PROT BDE||9||9||9||9|
|17C||E6||780TH MI/CYBER PROT BDE||10||10||10||10|
|18 CMF||1/1 DLPT OR 1 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||7||7||7||7|
|18 CMF||1+/1+ DLPT OR 1+ OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||8||8||8||8|
|18 CMF||2/2 DLPT OR 2 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||9||9||9||9|
|18 CMF||2+/2+ DLPT OR 2+ OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||10||10||10||10|
|18 CMF||3/3 DLPT OR 3 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||11||11||11||11|
|25B||P||SP OPNS CMD||5||0||0||8|
|25C||P||75TH RANGER REGT||9||0||0||0|
|25C||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||6||0||0|
|25E||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||9||0|
|25M||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||8||0|
|25N||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||6||0|
|25P||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||8||0||0|
|25R||P||SP OPNS CMD||5||0||6||0|
|25S||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||0||7|
|25U||P||75TH RANGER REGT||0||8||8||0|
|25U||P||SP OPNS CMD||6||0||0||5|
|25W||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||0||5|
|25Z||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||0||5|
|27D||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||8||0||6|
|29E||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||5||0|
|35F||P||75TH RANGER REGT||0||0||0||9|
|35F||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||0||5|
|35L||P||75TH RANGER REGT||0||0||0||8|
|35L||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||6||5|
|35M||2/2 DLPT OR 2 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||4||4||4||4|
|35M||2+/2+ DLPT OR 2+ OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||5||5||5||5|
|35M||3/3 DLPT OR 3 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||6||6||6||6|
|35M||P||75TH RANGER REGT||8||8||7||8|
|35N||P||75TH RANGER REGT||0||0||7||7|
|35P||FR, PF, TA (2/2 DLPT CTLANG ONLY)||7||7||7||7|
|35P||FR, PF, TA (3/3 DLPT CTLANG ONLY)||8||8||8||8|
|35P||JN, QB, RU (2/2 DLPT CTLANG ONLY)||9||9||9||9|
|35P||JN, QB, RU (3/3 DLPT CTLANG ONLY)||10||10||10||10|
|35P||KP (2/2 DLPT CTLANG ONLY)||KOREA||8||8||0||0|
|35P||P||75TH RANGER REGT||0||0||8||8|
|35S||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||5||0|
|36B||P||75TH RANGER REGT||0||7||7||0|
|36B||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||6||0|
|37F||1/1 DLPT OR 1 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||7||7||7||7|
|37F||1+/1+ DLPT OR 1+ OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||8||8||8||8|
|37F||2/2 DLPT OR 2 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||9||9||9||9|
|37F||2+/2+ DLPT OR 2+ OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||10||10||10||10|
|37F||3/3 DLPT OR 3 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||11||11||11||11|
|38B||2/2 DLPT OR 2 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||6||6||6||6|
|38B||2+/2+ DLPT OR 2+ OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||7||7||7||7|
|38B||3/3 DLPT OR 3 OPI (CTLANG ONLY)||8||8||8||8|
|38B||W4||CIVIL AFFAIRS BDE||9||9||9||9|
|42A||P||75TH RANGER REGT||7||0||0||8|
|42A||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||6||0|
|46Q||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||9||0||0|
|46Z||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||0||9|
|56M||P||SP OPNS CMD||6||0||0||0|
|68A||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||5||0||0|
|68J||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||6||0|
|68S||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||7||0|
|68T||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||7||0||0|
|68W||P||W1||75TH RANGER REGT||0||9||9||9|
|68W||P||W1||SP OPNS CMD||9||9||9||9|
|68X||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||7||0|
|74D||P||75TH RANGER REGT||8||8||0||0|
|74D||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||6||0||0|
|88M||P||75TH RANGER REGT||7||0||0||0|
|88M||P||SP OPNS CMD||5||0||0||5|
|88N||P||75TH RANGER REGT||0||0||5||0|
|88N||P||SP OPNS CMD||5||8||0||3|
|89A||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||8||0||0|
|89B||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||6||0|
|89D||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||6||0|
|91B||P||75TH RANGER REGT||7||0||0||0|
|91C||P||SP OPNS CMD||6||0||0||0|
|91L||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||7||0||0|
|91S||P||75TH RANGER REGT||6||6||0||0|
|92A||P||75TH RANGER REGT||0||0||0||9|
|92A||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||0||6|
|92F||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||0||5|
|92G||P||75TH RANGER REGT||8||8||8||0|
|92G||P||SP OPNS CMD||6||0||0||0|
|92L||P||SP OPNS CMD||7||0||0||0|
|92R||P||75TH RANGER REGT||0||0||0||9|
|92W||P||SP OPNS CMD||5||7||0||5|
|92Y||P||75TH RANGER REGT||8||0||8||8|
|92Y||P||SP OPNS CMD||6||0||0||5|
|94E||P||75TH RANGER REGT||0||9||0||0|
|94E||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||5||0||0|
|94F||P||75TH RANGER REGT||9||0||0||0|
|94F||P||SP OPNS CMD||5||8||0||0|
|94W||P||SP OPNS CMD||0||0||0||5|
* 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 LEVEL||RANK||12 TO 23 MONTHS||24 TO 35 MONTHS||36 TO 47 MONTHS||48 TO 59 MONTHS||60 OR MORE MONTHS|
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.