You give more, you get more. The new bonus message is tailored to encourage longer reenlistments and has increased maximum bonuses from about $72,000 to roughly $81,000. The Army is offering the maximum reenlistment bonus to qualified soldiers in communities such as cyber ops, intelligence, Special Forces and explosive ordnance disposal.
Soldiers in other jobs are getting their potential bonuses raised as well and will make more the longer they re-enlist. “A good example is a tier-three 11B Infantryman,” said Lt. Col. Junel Jeffrey, a spokeswoman for the Army’s assistant secretary of manpower and reserve affairs. “Previously, a one-year reenlistment would’ve meant $2,100 and up to $6,500 for five years. Now the one year still has a $1,200 bonus, but a five-year bonus is now worth $8,300.”
This is a great opportunity for retraining into new jobs. Retraining into the 89D EOD tech career field, for instance, can earn tier 10 bonuses if a soldier is a private first class or specialist, so long as they make it through the schoolhouse.