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Money may not grow on trees, but the U.S. Army allows you to cultivate your own enlistment bonus with the $40,000 bonus program. 

The Army’s 40k enlistment bonus is not a flat amount. It’s a combination of five separate bonuses totaling up to $40,000, depending on the enlistment options you select to qualify for.

Customize your own incentive package by choosing enlistment options that pay the most, like a six-year enlistment for the maximum 40k bonus. 

The quick ship bonus is based on how early you can begin your Army career. The sooner you start, the higher your bonus. 

The advanced Civilian Acquired Skilled program reimburses you for civilian acquired training, like a commercial driver’s license or CDL. 

Critical Military Occupational Specialty Bonuses are available for select jobs critical to the Army’s success, like cyber warrior. 

Language Skills bonuses may be available for those already proficient in an Army-critical language.

The special Skills bonus pays out for special training you enlist for like airborne school or Ranger school. 

To see if you qualify for this opportunity, reach out to your local recruiter and start building your own enlistment bonus package.

ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTMENT BONUS

Qualified active duty recruits may earn an enlistment bonus of up to $40,000. Check out the eligible active duty MOSs and what the bonus amount is for that job.

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Horizontal Construction Engineer (12N)

Horizontal Construction Engineer (12N)

Horizontal construction engineers use bulldozers, cranes, graders and other heavy equipment to move tons of earth and material to complete construction projects for the Army.

They are also responsible for operating tractors with dozer attachments, scoop loaders, backhoe loaders, hydraulic excavators, motorized graders and scrapers.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $7,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Geospatial Engineer (12Y)

Geospatial Engineer (12Y)

Geospatial engineers are responsible for using geographic data that supports military/civilian operations for Disaster Relief and Homeland Security. They collect, analyze and distribute geospatial information to represent the terrain and its possible effects.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $7,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Cannon Crewmember (13B)

Cannon Crewmember (13B)

Cannon crewmembers work the howitzer cannons that support infantry and tank units during combat, and play crucial roles in the Army’s success on the battlefield.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $5,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Field Artillery Firefinder RADAR Operator (13R)

Field Artillery Firefinder RADAR Operator (13R)

The field artillery firefinder radar operator is responsible for detecting enemy forces and alerting the units in the Army. Using a “firefinder” — which are highly specialized radars — they can detect various objects and their locations.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $5,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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PATRIOT Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer (14E)

PATRIOT Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer (14E)

A PATRIOT fire control enhanced operator is responsible for operating/maintaining the entire PATRIOT missile system. An important part of the Army’s air defense, they launch advanced-technology ammunition that is capable of neutralizing multiple air targets.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $40,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Air Defense Battle Management System Operator (14G)

Air Defense Battle Management System Operator (14G)

The air defense battle management system operator operates with equipment systems that guard against aerial and space attack. They play an important role in the Army’s air defense artillery team.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $18,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Air Defense Enhanced Early Warning System Operator (14H)

Air Defense Enhanced Early Warning System Operator (14H)

The air defense enhanced early warning system operators supervise PATRIOT air defense units and air defense activities that engage in liaison functions. Their teams are used to neutralize air targets and are an important part of the Army’s space defense system.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $18,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember (14P)

Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember (14P)

An air and missile defense crewmember is responsible for operating the avenger system, a lightweight, highly mobile weapon system that provides air defense protection against air and land attacks.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $5,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer (14T)

PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer (14T)

A PATRIOT launching station enhanced operator works directly with the PATRIOT launching stations. An important part of the Army’s air defense, the PATRIOT missile system can launch advanced-technology ammunition that is capable of neutralizing multiple air targets. 

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $24,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer (15H)

Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer (15H)

The aircraft pneudraulics repairer is primarily responsible for supervising and performing maintenance on aircraft pneudraulics systems. With hundreds of Army missions depending on airplanes and helicopters, they must ensure that all of them are safe and ready to fly.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $7,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Radio Operator-Maintainer (25C)

Radio Operator-Maintainer (25C)

Radio operator-maintainers are responsible for the maintenance of radio communication equipment. This equipment needs to consistently work in order for the Army to direct the movement of its troops.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $12,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer (25N)

Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer (25N)

The nodal network systems operator-maintainer is responsible for making sure that the lines of communication are always up and running. They maintain strategic and tactical nodal systems.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $7,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer (25P)

Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer (25P)

Microwave systems installer-maintainers are primarily responsible for installing, operating and maintaining microwave communications systems. They also work with associated antennas, multiplexing and communications security equipment.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $12,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer (25Q)

Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer (25Q)

A multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer works directly on equipment that communicates through more than one channel. They are responsible for the maintenance check of these devices, antennas and associated equipment.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $7,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Satellite Communication Systems Operator-Maintainer (25S)

Satellite Communication Systems Operator-Maintainer (25S)

Satellite communication systems operator-maintainers are responsible for making sure that the lines of communication are always up and running. They maintain the multichannel satellite communications for the entire Army.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $40,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Signal Support Systems Specialist (25U)

Signal Support Systems Specialist (25U)

Signal support systems specialists are primarily responsible for working with battlefield signal support systems and terminal devices. This equipment needs to consistently work in order for the Army to direct the movement of its troops.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $12,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (35G)

Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (35G)

The geospatial intelligence imagery analyst is responsible for analyzing overhead and aerial imagery developed by photographic and electronic means. They provide Army personnel with critical information about enemy forces, potential battle areas and combat operations support.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $9,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Human Intelligence Collector (35M)

Human Intelligence Collector (35M)

The human intelligence collector is responsible for information collection operations. They provide Army personnel with information about the enemy force’s strengths, weaknesses and potential battle areas.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $15,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Signals Intelligence Analyst (35N)

Signals Intelligence Analyst (35N)

A signals intelligence analyst examines foreign communications/activity and relays that information by producing combat, strategic and tactical intelligence reports.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $18,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Cryptologic Linguist (35P)

Cryptologic Linguist (35P)

A cryptologic linguist is primarily responsible for identifying foreign communications using signals equipment. Their role is crucial as the nation’s defense depends largely on information that comes from foreign languages.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $27,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator (35T)

Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator (35T)

The military intelligence systems maintainer/integrator is primarily responsible for maintaining intelligence computers and networks used by Military Intelligence Soldiers.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $15,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Musician (42R)

Musician (42R)

Musicians specialize in one (or more) of the following instruments/specialties: tuba, trombone, euphonium, bassoon, electric bass guitar, saxophone, flute or piccolo, oboe, clarinet, French horn, percussion, cornet or trumpet, guitar, keyboard, vocalist, and music production.

Musicians perform in a variety of ensembles ranging from ceremonial band to jazz band to small ensembles, playing all styles of music. They are primarily responsible for performing and rehearsing as a professional musician within different ensembles of an Army band.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $15,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Medical Laboratory Specialist (68K)

Medical Laboratory Specialist (68K)

The medical laboratory specialist conducts tests on the tissue, blood and body fluids of patients.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $7,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist (68R)

Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist (68R)

The veterinary food inspection specialist inspects food designed for human consumption, while also supervising food inspection and combined veterinary service activities.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $7,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Preventive Medicine Specialist (68S)

Preventive Medicine Specialist (68S)

Preventive medicine specialists are primarily responsible for conducting or assisting with preventive medicine inspections, surveys and preventative medicine laboratory procedures. They also supervise preventive medicine facilities or serve on preventive medicine staffs.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $7,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist (74D)

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist (74D)

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialists are primarily responsible for defending the country against the threat of CBRN weapons and Weapons of Mass Destruction.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $12,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Motor Transport Operator (88M)

Motor Transport Operator (88M)

Motor transport operators are primarily responsible for supervising or operating wheel vehicles to transport personnel and cargo. They are the backbone of the Army’s support and sustainment structure, providing advanced mobility on and off the battlefield.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $9,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist (89D)

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist (89D)

Explosive ordnance disposal specialist Soldiers are the Army's preeminent tactical and technical explosives experts. They are warriors who are properly trained, equipped and integrated to attack, defeat and exploit unexploded ordnance, improvised explosive devices and weapons of mass destruction.

Explosive ordnance disposal specialists are the culmination of the best tactical and technical training the Army and civilian academia can provide. They are prepared to perform missions in support of Army units worldwide, across all operational environments.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $7,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Track Vehicle Repairer (91H)

Track Vehicle Repairer (91H)

The track vehicle repairer is primarily responsible for performing maintenance on tracked vehicles and supervising activities that include fuel and electrical system repair and maintenance.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $5,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer (91J)

Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer (91J)

The quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer are primarily responsible for supervising or performing maintenance on chemical equipment, quartermaster machinery, forced air-heaters and special purpose equipment.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $5,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainer (91M)

Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainer (91M)

The Bradley fighting vehicle system maintainer handles the maintenance and repair of the M2/M3, A2/A3 Bradley fighting vehicle, the M6 Bradley linebacker air defense vehicle and the M-7 Bradley fire support team vehicle.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $5,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Stryker Systems Maintainer (91S)

Stryker Systems Maintainer (91S)

The Stryker systems maintainer works as part of a team to maintain the Stryker family of vehicles and keep the vehicles and the operating systems running smoothly. 

Some of those vehicles include the M1128 Mobile gun system, the M1132 Engineer support vehicle, the M1133 Medical evacuation vehicle and the M1135 NBC recon vehicle.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $7,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Petroleum Supply Specialist (92F)

Petroleum Supply Specialist (92F)

Petroleum supply specialists are primarily responsible for supervising and managing the reception, storage and shipping of bulk or packaged petroleum-based products.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $12,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Culinary Specialist (92G)

Culinary Specialist (92G)

The culinary specialist is primarily responsible for the preparation and service of food in field or garrison food service operations.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $5,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Parachute Rigger (92R)

Parachute Rigger (92R)

Parachute riggers are primarily responsible for repairing textile and canvas items, webbed equipment and clothing.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $9,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Radio and Communications Security Repairer (94E)

Radio and Communications Security Repairer (94E)

The radio/communications security repairer performs or supervises field and sustainment level maintenance on radio receivers, transmitters, communication security equipment, controlled cryptographic items and other associated equipment.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $12,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Computer/Detection Systems Repairer (94F)

Computer/Detection Systems Repairer (94F)

The computer/detection systems repairer performs maintenance and repair on a variety of critical systems and equipment, including microcomputers and electromechanical telecommunications equipment, field artillery digital devices, Global Positioning System receivers, night vision devices/equipment and laser and fiber optic systems.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $7,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Maintenance Support Specialist (94H)

Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Maintenance Support Specialist (94H)

Distance, pressure, altitude, underwater depth — they’re all measured by precision instruments. The test measurement and diagnostic equipment support specialist keeps all the Army’s precision instruments in top condition.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $5,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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RADAR Repairer (94M)

RADAR Repairer (94M)

The radar repairer is an essential member of the Army communications maintenance team and performs maintenance on ground surveillance radar and associated equipment.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $18,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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Short Range Air Defense System Repairer (94T)

Short Range Air Defense System Repairer (94T)

As an essential member of the Army’s weapons maintenance team, the short range air defense system repairer is primarily responsible for performing and supervising maintenance on the AVENGER system, a lightweight, highly mobile and transportable surface-to-air missile/gun weapon system that provides short-range air defense protection against air and land attacks.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for a $9,000 enlistment bonus with this job!

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QUICK SHIP/SEASONAL BONUS

ARMY RESERVE ENLISTMENT BONUSES

PRIOR SERVICE ENLISTMENT BONUSES

ARMY CIVILIAN ACQUIRED SKILLS PROGRAM (ACASP) BONUS

Qualified recruits may be eligible for up to $5,000 which can be combined with other bonuses.

ACASP SPECIAL LANGUAGE BONUS FOR CRYPTOLOGIC LINGUIST (35P)

Qualified Cryptologic Linguist (35P) recruits may be eligible for a bonus of up to $40,000 for the following languages: Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Tagalog.

TWO YEAR OPTION 26 BONUS

Agree to serve two years on active duty status, followed by two years in the Army Reserve, and you may qualify for a $5,000 bonus. You may also qualify for a Quick Ship bonus of up to $4,000.

2018 SENIOR SHIP BONUS

Qualified recruits who are graduating high school in 2018 may be eligible for a bonus of up to $7,500.

ARMY RESERVE OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL BONUS

Officer candidates may qualify for an up to $10,000 bonus, payable upon successful completion of OCS training and commissioning.

RANGER BONUS

Qualified Soldiers may receive an up to $10,000 bonus after completing the Ranger Indoctrination program and reporting to their first permanent duty station in the 75th Ranger Regiment.

AIRBORNE BONUS

If you enlist under a specified Airborne MOS, you may qualify for up to $10,000 in bonuses. This bonus may be combined with other incentives. You will earn this bonus after you graduate from Airborne training and report to your first duty station. 

35M Human Intelligence Collector Bonus

Individuals who speak one of the languages below may enlist as a 35M Human Intelligence Collector and receive an enlistment bonus of up to $40,000.

Arabic Modern Standard, Arabic Egyptian, Arabic Levantine, Arabic Iraqi, Chinese Mandarin, French, Korean, and Russian.