How Does Military Signing Bonus Work?
Recruits who enlist for cash bonuses totaling more than $10,000 will receive their initial payment of $10,000 upon successful completion of initial entry training — basic training and job training. The remaining bonus amount will be paid in annual increments of up to $10,000 a year until the bonus is paid in full.
If your job is eligible for a bonus, you will typically receive it after you finish your basic training and initial technical training. This last statement is very important – you may sign a contract that wards you an enlistment bonus, but you don't actually earn that sign up bonus until you complete initial training.
Enlistment and Reenlistment Bonus Guide - The Military Wallet
Do you have to pay back military signing bonus?
No. You receive the enlistment bonus so you would not have to pay it. You do have to pay taxes on it, if that was your question. And you also have to serve the enlistment that you received a bonus for, if that was your question.
Do I have to pay back the enlistment bonus in the military if I accept it?
The initial payment of your Selective Re-enlistment Bonus (SRB) should take no longer than 30 days from the date of re-enlistment. If, after 30 days, you have not received your payment, you should contact your servicing finance officer, career planner, or admin or personnel office.
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In the fiscal year that ended last Sept. 30, the Army spent more than $233 million on bonuses, with about 16,500 recruits getting an average enlistment bonus of more than $14,000.
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