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Navy SLRP and Enlistment Bonus Update (FEB 1, 2015)

FEB 2015 SLRP and EB Update

Updated: July 13, 2015

Newly updated EB and LRP Information as of July 2015.

Effective 01 FEB 2015, the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) will include one additional rating for those enlisting on to active duty over the previous release; Explosive Ordnance Disposal-ATF, but removed the ratings of Cryptologic Technician (Technical) and (Maintenance) from eligibility.

The ratings now eligible for the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (began the first day of this month) are, Musician (MU), Cryptologic Technician – Interpretive (CTI-Advanced Technical Field (ATF)), Cryptologic Technician (Networks — ATF), Information System Technician (ATF and SG), Special Warfare Operator (SO-ATF — SEAL), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD-ATF), and the Hospital Corpsman (HM-SG) ratings.

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, 2015, in the ratings defined in the chart and ship to boot-camp in the corresponding months, 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!)).

2015 Navy Enlistment Bonus Ratings, Effective Feb. 1, 2015
Rating Ship Months FY EB
AECF FEB-JUN 15 $5000
AIRR OCT-SEP Any $8000
AV-SG FEB-JUN 15 $5000
CTI-ATF FEB-SEP 15 $5000
EOD-ATF OCT-SEP Any $8000
MMS-5yo FEB-JUN 15 $5000
ND-ATF OCT-SEP Any $8000
Nuke OCT-SEP Any $11000
SB-ATF OCT-SEP Any $8000
SECF FEB-JUN 15 $5000
SO-ATF OCT-SEP Any $12000
STG-AEF FEB-JUN 15 $5000
STG-SG FEB-JUN 15 $5000

Applicants are not allowed to participate in both the Enlistment Bonus and Student Loan Repayment Programs — it is one or the other.

Information gathered from COMNAVCRUITCOM message, subject, “ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTMENT BONUS (EB) AND ENLISTMENT LOAN REPAYMENT” dated R 302010Z JAN 15.



43 Responses to “FEB 2015 SLRP and EB Update”


  1. NavyDEP says:

    Since my contract is for six years, if I enroll in the lrp will it affect my post 911 gi bill? From what I have read it will not since I will be doing 2 consecutive 36 months… My recruiter doesn’t seem to have any idea.

    Also, will the lrp void any bonus I may get upon completing A school?

    Thirdly, I have my bachelors. Am I still eligible for the college bonus?

  2. NCCM(Ret) says:

    NavyDEP,

    The first three years of your enlistment will be to “pay off” the LRP; when you join with LRP, you CANNOT receive ANY additional enlistment bonuses. The remaining three years will go toward earning the full Post 9/11 GI Bill.

  3. JBrooks says:

    I have always wanted to be a sailor in the United States Navy. I tried to get my degree to become a officer but I ran out of money and now I am in debt about $40k. I want to enlist and join the UAV program and also get the Navy Loan Repayment. I have received conflicted information and need to clarification that this job is not a rating that is eligible for the Navy Loan Repayment program?

    I’m also trying to qualify for as many bonuses and benefits I can get for myself and my family. Thank you.

  4. NCCM(Ret) says:

    JBrooks,

    There is not a specific rating for UAV; there are a handful of source ratings — it is not something that you can get guaranteed at enlistment in the Navy. The only ratings that currently get the LRP option are listed in my article above.

  5. navy DEP says:

    I WANTED TO sign up as a hospital corpsman does this rating qualify for the Lrp? Thank you

  6. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Navy DEP,

    Yes, as it states in the post, LRP is available for HM.

  7. Chris T. says:

    I enlisted in the Navy back in December, and am going into the rating AECF, my ship date is in a few days April 30 for a 8 year contract, do I qualify for the $5000 bonus?

  8. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Chris T.,

    Your contract would have had to be made after the date of the message that created the EB for it.

  9. Scott [Last name redacted for privacy] says:

    NCCM(ret), it appears there is now a rating in the Navy for UAS/UAV operations: Naval Aircrewman. Check out the Enlisted Community Manager’s page on BUPERS. This must be brand new; it was a surprise to me as well!

  10. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Scott,

    As I said in a previous comment, UAV pilots are drawn from many source ratings, and they are: for NEC 8362 – Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) External Pilot, AS, AM, AE, AT, AWF, AWO, AWR, AWS, AWV; and for NEC 8363 – Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Internal Pilot, AS, AM, AE, AT, AZ, AWF, AWO, AWR, AWS, AWV. For all the ratings, you must first be a Second Class Petty Officer (E-5). It is not something you can get at enlistment. The NEC Update as of Jan 2015 (page 181).

  11. Cameron says:

    If I earned a degree but wish to enlist and choose an appropriate rate am I elgible for the LRP even if I alredy have a degree?

  12. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Cameron,

    Yes, but it must be part of your contract when you first enlist — make sure all of your questions are answered and they are prepared to offer it before you go to the MEPS (as long as you can get into one of the ratings that authorize it).

  13. Owain says:

    I am have been serving in reserves for 2 years now, active duty for one of those years. Just picked up active duty and was wondering if there was a way to use LRP? I am willing to forgo any GI Bill benefits.

  14. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Owain,

    The LRP program is an incentive used for an initial enlistment for the rates listed. There isn’t another program that does what you ask. Congratulations on going active!

  15. Jeremy says:

    I’m Thinking about joining the Navy and was thinking about joining CLRP to pay off my loans. Can someone confirm that I can only apply for the College loan repayment program (CLRP) only if I enlist in one of the jobs listed above? I was interested in becoming an ET but it isnt on the list. Pretty confused.

  16. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Jeremy,

    It can only be for qualifying loans and you must have it guaranteed at time of enlistment in one of the ratings listed under LRP in the article. The incentive is only for those ratings. AECF (the surface, non-nuke ET or FC) does have an enlistment bonus, but not LRP.

  17. Jeremy says:

    Still alittle confused. If my student loans qualify, can i still enlist with CLRP as an ET?

  18. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Jeremy,

    No, because the AECF program is not eligible to have it — only the ratings listed in the article are. (AECF program is the ET rating and the FC rating — you cannot join as a conventional ET; you join with the AECF program and in boot-camp you find out if you are going to be an ET or FC).

  19. javier says:

    Thanks NCCM(Ret) for answering these hard questions. I suppose/hope you get paid for this valuable service. Before I contact a recruiter, I would like to know your insights, if you could.

    I served active duty for 2 years (2006-2008) including a tour in Iraq as an E3 Hospital Corpsman under the National Call to Service Program (I denied the $5,000 bonus but accepted the educational allowance) and 2 years active reserve (2008-10) as E-4. Then IR Reserve for the rest of the 4 years (2014) of my contract while I pursued an unrelated to a HM job but self-interested degree of an A.S. in Math. So my break in service from active duty, since 2008 is like ~ 7 years. I’m 28 y/o, no kids, single, no problems.

    I kind of like the job as HM but either the short training/experience didn’t prepared me enough or didn’t excite me enough as does science i.e. math/physics or even computer science.

    Now that I’m a little aware of the NAVET PROGRAM for re-enlisting veterans, What options do I have that not necessarily require for me to work as an HM ?

    1. Work in a different rating AC for at least 4yrs (i.e. undermanned or not) as an E-3. Would I qualify for a bonus? or other incentive? or just ask an enlisted recruiter.
    2. Come back as a corpsman, finish a higher degree, pass MCAT and go for medical school/having the Navy help pay it and come back as a physician… is that allowed?
    3. I have an interest in Physics, so going the NUKE route though I’m 28 y/o? Or could I be accepted in the NUPOC program so that I’ll get help in paying school for the rest of my Bachelors?
    4. On the long term, another possibility would be Computer science. Too bad is not as in demand as an officer. Or is it?
    %. Any other thing I missed?

    Thanks in advanced. Otherwise I’ll be a civilian, is okay.

  20. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Javier,

    I don’t get paid for answering questions; this site is my hobby, and if I can help someone better understand the process, then that is just a bonus. I really enjoy it.

    To your question. The manual states, “NAVETs discharged in paygrade E3 or below must have one year or less of prior service and no more than six years broken service.” So reenlistment on active duty doesn’t appear possible, but as I always recommend, contact a recruiter just in case there is something I am missing.

    Yes, computer science is in demand, and a commission could be possible because it doesn’t have the same restrictions High Year Tenure puts on enlisted programs. Check out the Cyber Warfare Engineer Officer and Information Warfare Officer designators using the link in my navigation to Officer Programs. Hope that helps!

  21. MP says:

    I am currently in the process of joining the Navy as an officer in the Civil Engineering Corps (already passed the OAR and submitted my APSR). If selected to join and go to OCS will I be eligible for the SLRP? If so, will it be for federal and private loans or just the federal loans? Also will I be able to reduce the rate of my loans to the 6% cap under the Service Members Civil Relief Act that do not qualify for the SLRP?

    Thanks

  22. NCCM(Ret) says:

    MP,

    I am not aware of any opportunity for officers to get LRP or any bonus incentive program for commissioning.

    To the SCRA question, the current law states:

    §527. Maximum rate of interest on debts incurred before military service
    (a) Interest rate limitation
    (1) Limitation to 6 percent
    An obligation or liability bearing interest at a rate in excess of 6 percent per year that is incurred
    by a servicemember, or the servicemember and the servicemember’s spouse jointly, before the
    servicemember enters military service shall not bear interest at a rate in excess of 6 percent—
    (A) during the period of military service and one year thereafter, in the case of an obligation
    or liability consisting of a mortgage, trust deed, or other security in the nature of a mortgage; or
    (B) during the period of military service, in the case of any other obligation or liability.

    I have not read in the law that student loan debt would be excluded, so it appears as if you should be able to have those rates reduced.

    You may also wish to look into the PSLF program — I wrote about it here. It takes 10 years of minimum payments while in public service, but if the loans qualify, the remaining balance is forgiven — tax free.

    I hope this helps, and good luck on selection!

  23. MP says:

    Thanks for the reply.

  24. Mack says:

    Looking to reenlist in the navy as a chaplain…I have approx 25k in student loans, 15k in short term debt, and 5 kids who could all use some college money:). I have used all of my post 911 gi bill (enlisted 97-05) and was wondering if there are any incentives either education or bonus left out there that would apply to me? Thanks!

  25. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Mack,

    You would not “reenlist” as a Chaplain; you would have to receive a commission as one. If you have used all of your VA educational benefits, there are no additional education programs that you can transfer to your children. There isn’t a commissioning incentive that will pay off or pay down your student loan debt; nor are there cash bonuses available that I am aware of for any of the commissioning programs.

  26. alan says:

    Can I have an updated list of jobs available for active duty jobs available? Tahanks.

  27. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Alan,

    I have never had access to what jobs are available; I only know what has a better chance than normal — right now that pretty much only includes the jobs listed on this page I added in July (also linked to at the top of this article).

  28. Rafael says:

    Hi,

    I’m in the process of joining the Navy. I’m enlisting with a bachelor’s degree. I read somewhere there was a bonus for these cases. Is that still in place? I read something about $8000 for enlisting with a bachelor’s?

    Thanks

  29. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Rafael,

    The enlistment bonus for college credit or degrees (EBCC) has not been funded since November 2008.

  30. Nick says:

    Hi there,

    So I jist this week finished with MEPS and signed on as an AG in the Reserves. I scored high 70s on my ASVAB and am gauranteed E3 for Sea Cadets program. I was given AG after my first choice rates weren’t available. The plan is to re-sign a contract for a different rate before bootcamp April2016. Nobody has ever mentiones any bonus amd just curious when I get a new contract for another rate if I can get a bonus for a Reserve contract (obsolete military.com page) or if I am eligble for any kind of bonus at all? I still want to serve but not receiving a bonus is discouraging if there is money out there for me.

  31. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Nick,

    That page on military.com is outdated by about 5 years or so — those bonuses on that page are not active at this time; heck, the MGIB was replaced with the Post 9/11 GI-Bill years ago.

  32. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Nick,

    to add and clarify, the limits of a potential EB listed on that page remain accurate, but the MGIB kicker doesn’t exist, and little funding is currently applied to enlistment/affiliation bonuses at this time.

    And, congratulations on joining the Reserve! Welcome aboard!

  33. JR says:

    Can I go ahead and sign-up in DEP now but schedule my actual entry slot for Fall 2016? That will allow me to complete my college degree before enlisting. And I will be enlisting, hopefully with a SO contract. But I don’t want to do DEP now and then get assigned to Basic in the Spring or Summer before my degree is complete. I just want to get my slot scheduled so I have minimum waiting time once I’ve graduated.

  34. ryan says:

    I am looking at rejoining reserves after 4.5 years break. I separated at eos re-r1 as a CM1, <10 yrs. do you have a creo list or reserve bonus list? would consider retrain, would like to stay cm if possible. any help would be appreciated!

  35. NCCM(Ret) says:

    JR.,

    Yes, you can join today and have a ship date scheduled for after your college graduation date. When you see your recruiter, make sure he/she knows the date of graduation and that you cannot ship until after that date.

  36. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Ryan,

    According to the latest published SELRES CREO listing, CM1 is CREO group 1. CM1 is not listed in the latest SELRES SRB message (NAVADMIN 086/14). Call a recruiter!

  37. Shawn says:

    Im currently under contract in the navy reserves as a FC2 after serving AD as a FT(ss) for 5 years. I just recently picked up 2nd class during the September 2015 navy advancement exam. I separated from AD because I wanted to switch to CTN which wasn’t a option while I was active duty. Is there a way to make the switch from being an FC in the reserves to being a CTN on active duty. I didn’t read that much into the rates back in 2010 unfortunately. My contract now is from May 2015- May 2017. Also I called a recruiter and he said that he couldn’t do anything. Thanks in advance

  38. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Shawn,

    If you did more than four years active duty and discharged as an E-4, then you are not eligible to reenlist active duty unless the ECM allows you to reenlist as an E-5 — no rating except, maybe, FC would do that. Rank earned in the Reserve does not automatically remain when moving to active duty. Your recruiter was accurate.

  39. Monica says:

    NCCM(Ret), I have a Sailor who contacted me regarding his enlistment guarantees. On the enlistment guarantees page of his contract, loan repayment plan is listed. He was told that over the course of his enlistment, a certain amount of money would be paid to his loans. However going through boot camp, A-school, and then to his first duty station, he did not hear anything else about it and was not given any instructions on what he needed to do. This was back in 2008. Is this something the Navy will still honor, or is he stuck with the loan until he pays it off? What does the member need to do now? What is the instruction that governs this program? Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter!

  40. NCCM(Ret) says:

    Monica,

    Yes, he is stuck with it now. There was a form he was required to fill out each year (DD form 2475) during his first enlistment that had to be emailed in or faxed in to CNRC at 901-874-9327. I recommend that you contact CNRC and talk to the LRP coordinator, she, well, it was a she a few months ago, I think she might have moved up to another job, but she would have a qualified replacement, and she will be able to provide more information, or email at cnrc_lrp-eb@navy.mil.

  41. Monica says:

    Thanks NCCM(Ret)! Sailor has been informed. PSC(Ret) Monica :)

  42. SamH says:

    Hello,

    I signed my initial contract for surface sonar in JAN2015, but got reclassed after taking the DLAB the following week and signed my CTI-ATF contract in APR2015, but my recruiter wasn’t aware of any bonuses. Do I still qualify for the bonus?

  43. NCCM(Ret) says:

    SamH,

    Your recruiter has nothing to do with enlistment bonuses — those would be added to your contract via an annex that you would sign before leaving for boot-camp. I assume you are already in the Navy because you would have had to have left by now if you first joined in Jan. 2015. Ask someone in personnel to pull your record to look at your annex.

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