Navy SLRP and Enlistment Bonus Update (eff. FEB 1, 2014)

FEB 2014 SLRP and EB Update

Effective 01 FEB 2014, the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) will include one additional rating for those enlisting on to active duty over the previous release; Cryptologic Technician (Technical). It has been a while since we have seen a change.

Starting Monday, the first processing day in February, the Musician, Hospital Corpsman (HM-SG) and Cryptologic Technician – Interpretive (CTI-Advanced Technical Field (ATF)), Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance — SG), Cryptologic Technician (Networks — ATF), Cryptologic Technician (Technical — AEF), Information System Technician, and the Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) ratings are eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program.

The Navy also continues to provide a an enlistment bonus incentive for those who qualify. For those who enlist into the Delayed Entry Program on or after February 1, 2014, in the ratings listed below, are eligible for the listed amounts (payouts occur when established criteria is met (e.g., graduate “A” school, earn NEC, etc., discuss individual rating payout requirements with your recruiter and the rating classifier at the MEPS)).

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32 Responses to “FEB 2014 SLRP and EB Update”

  1. RCBev says:

    Thanks for the update. According to local recruiting office here .. they still have a back log of several good candidates they want to enlist. The young man I’ve been working with has been wanting to go to MEPS since last July. He WANTS any of the NEC’s list above (doesn’t quite qual as a nuke). Oh well..

  2. aaron says:

    Am I eligible for hm 8404 with a simple possession of marijuana from 1999? I know waivers or possible to enter navy but will it render me ineligible for this career?

  3. NCCM(Ret) says:


    A simple possession of MJ renders you ineligible for the HM rating — no waivers are authorized.

  4. Janna says:

    How often does IT rates become available or ship out? I need an opening for IT in August/September for a roll out but so far have been told none is available.

  5. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Currently, as I posted yesterday, the Information Systems Technician rating is one of the ratings that is being sought after; however, that does not mean that seats are available specifically for August/September.

  6. Allen says:

    I depped in on Jan 2014 for seaman pact and while in dep. I took the dlab and was able to enlist for CTI. In Feb 19, 2014, My contract officially changed. I was offered with SLRP but im not even gonna be able to get it because i dont have federal loans but I have other kind of loans instead.
    Im not offered with the enlistment bonus. And wondering if I am eligible to get 10K enlistment bonus?

  7. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Because you told them you wanted LRP, that is what you annex will read. You need to tell them you can’t have that and want the EB. Your annex must be changed.

  8. Allen says:

    Thank you Sir for the respond. Can you make more clarification with regards the annex and to whom i should talk to or where will the change will be done? In the recruiters office or MEPS?
    And for my 30 days, i remember my recruiter making me sign a form with regards not accepting SLRP. Will that affect the chances of me getting an EB?
    Need more guidance.

  9. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Your recruiter should be handling everything for you. They should be able to fax the annex to the recruiting station provided there are no SNAFUs that I am unaware of, but based on what you wrote to date, you should be okay — get it done! :)

  10. Carlos says:

    Hi, is there an Enlistment Bonus for CTT rate with AEF ?? And When are Enlistment Bonus Payed? Let’s say I recieved an Enlistment Bonus, How long should it take before I see the money??

    -Thanks. :)

  11. NCCM(Ret) says:


    No, CTT does not currently get an enlistment bonus — CTI does.

  12. Carlos says:

    Oh, ok thanks.

    Let’s say I get the CTI rating and recieved an Enlistment Bonus, How long should it take before I see the money??

  13. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Once you complete your school.

  14. Carlos says:


  15. Cory says:

    Hi there, first I would like to say thank you very much for this page. Second, I wanted to ask a question. I am heading to meps soon and am primarily interested in the following jobs Cryptologic Technician (Networks), Cryptologic Technician (Technical), Information System Technician, but my question is, do you know which one of these rates will provide me with the most opportunity to do some programming? I don’t expect any will be very intensive, but I would like to select the one with the most opportunity in that area. Thank you!

  16. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I don’t think any ratings will specifically require/teach you to create programs using C++, Java, Javascript, etc., but you would be setting up and securing networks and handling message traffic and such, and depending on your responsibilities, you will need to have some general knowledge of object oriented programming languages (there may be follow-on schools, “C” schools that address this). My rating pages are fairly detailed as to the responsibilities for all the ratings and programs — reading those may help.

    As an aside, one thing for sure, in any of those ratings — many of the electronics related ones too, you will be around a lot of like minded people that more than likely do some programing — we wrote stuff in C++ to create some cool fractals; those type of exercises help with the progression of the programmer — for sure.

  17. Adam says:


    I was just wondering if enlisted sailors in the NUKE program qualify for SLRP (assuming that they forego the enlistment bonus)? Also, are there any CT ratings that qualify for SLRP but also only require a four year AD enlistment in their contract? I recall seeing another source that claimed the SLRP for CTT rating only applied to the AEF (which is a six year AD commitment).


  18. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Nuke is not on the SLRP list, and CTT does require AEF (thanks for catching that, I have made the addition in the post).

  19. Kay says:

    I have been in process for the past year and a half to join the Navy Reserves as an officer. I have been told by my recruiter that I am eligible to $50,000 in LRP throughout this entire process. I am scheduled time to take my oath of office to commission this coming week. I was told there had been a small change and LRP is no longer available for my job as a reservist. Needless to say, I am frustrated and my commissioning is on hold. My recruiter told me the CO of recruiting command had been notified and they are going to see what could be done. Have you ever heard of this?

  20. NCCM(Ret) says:


    SLRP comes and goes. It is used as an incentive for people to join; skills that are manned to the appropriate levels normally don’t have a bonus or other incentive attached. I am not that familiar with how the officer programs work it, but I assume it is the same. For enlisted, when the message for Enlistment Bonuses and LRP is announced, those who were not under contract by the date of the message can get what the new message states — if the program you are enlisting for no longer gets it on that date, then it will not be made available. If you are already under contract and the bonus message now includes your program, you still do not get it.

    It comes down to using the tax payers money in the most advantageous way, and for bonuses and programs like LRP, it is to recruit to specific needs. I hope that makes sense.

  21. Rafael says:

    Does Hospital Corpsman have any sort of Bonus enlistment?

  22. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I can’t remember a time that HM has had an enlistment bonus. The rating is not hard to find applicants for.

  23. Rafael says:

    Well I go to MEPS on August 6th, do you think HM will be available?

  24. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I have no way of knowing if HM would be available; it has just as much chance as any other rating — congratulations on your decision, and good luck!

  25. Rafael says:

    I ask my recruiter about HM being eligible for the LRP, but at first he was like oh all of it was taken from the Navy during the sequester, but then I told him that I had spoken to another recruiter and that the LRP was available for the HM and IT. So is it available? I mean I went to and it claims that it is available.

  26. NCCM(Ret) says:


    LRP for HM is available, you previously asked about EB. Have you read the post?

  27. Rafael says:

    Yes I did, I just wanted to ask about LRP as well, Thank you very much!

  28. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I do not recommend LRP because if you take it, you lose the GI Bill. To get 100% of the GI Bill after taking LRP, you would have to serve at least six years (first three years owed for the LRP, and three more years to get the GI Bill). Also, the paperwork that you MUST do each year and submit on time to maintain the LRP is a pain in the butt (you don’t do it, you lose it). Make sure you are aware of what you are doing when you do it.

  29. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Oh, and one more thing, the money that is paid to pay off the student loans is taxed as additional income.

  30. Joel says:

    Hello to all, would it be possible to shed some light on submarine electronics manning and EB. From the documents I’ve found online it appears to be both undermanned but not listed as qualifying for EB. I have only thus far tested and qualified, but scheduled the medical at a later date. I spoke to my recruiter about said career preference and was advised to do the medical separately and they will notify me of openings prior to me returning to select. I’m merely trying to get the full scope of things before I sit down with the classifier.

    Thank you in advance.

  31. NCCM(Ret) says:


    None of the three SECF ratings get an EB, and as you can see by the list of ratings that does get it, they are limited. Each of the SECF ratings may or may not be undermanned — the program fills three ratings, if one is full, then recruits will be filling the one that is undermanned (all of the SECF choices are great, too, btw — so it is win/win either way). And if the manning is short at the various Zones, then SRB would be allowed for those that reenlist.

  32. Rafael says:

    I just talk to Patty of the Navy Recruiting Command on the LRP and she said that for HM only 8496 is available for the LRP. :( I thought it would be any HM rating!

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