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Navy SLRP and Enlistment Bonus Update (Dec. 1, 2015)

December 2015 SLRP and EB Update

Updated: February 19, 2016

UPDATE: A new EB/SLRP Message released February 17, 2016.

I apologize for being a week late, but effective 01 December 2015, the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) has been revitalized; however, the only rating available is Musician. Additionally, the Enlistment Bonus for the Nuclear Power Program has been increased by $1,000 over the July update to $12,000. The ratings that are actually eligible for an Enlistment Bonus remains the same as the last update.

Those who enlist into the Delayed Entry Program on or after December 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 December 1, 2015
Rating Ship Month FY EB
AIRR OCT-SEP Any $8,000
CTI-ATF OCT-SEP Any $10,000
EOD-ATF OCT-SEP Any $8,000
ND-ATF OCT-SEP Any $8,000
Nuke OCT-SEP Any $12,000
SB-ATF OCT-SEP Any $8,000
SO-ATF OCT-SEP Any $12,000

Information gathered from COMNAVCRUITCOM message, subject, “ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTMENT BONUS (EB) AND ENLISTMENT LOAN REPAYMENT” dated R 092214Z NOV 15.

32 Responses to “December 2015 SLRP and EB Update”

  1. Lewis says:

    Are there ever age waivers available for musicians?

  2. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Currently, the maximum age for enlisting into the Active Duty Navy is 34 years of age (must be in boot-camp before your 35th birthday) — there is no waiver available for general enlistment age maximum for any rating.

  3. Mike says:

    My son just took his asvab and got a 94. The recruiter has asked him about Nuke several times but my son has no interest. My son wants GM. Will the people at MEPS try and push him into something else besides his choice ?
    He is an Eagle Scout will he get E-3 for that ? I’d like him to do something like Intel but it’s his life and he’s doing the four years not me.

  4. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Yes, Eagle Scout will get him E-3.

    If GM is available when he goes, then he can take it if he is otherwise fully qualified. I do not know the current availability of the GM rating — he should have a couple of other possibilities that he would be happy with in mind when he goes.

    Yes, the will try to interest him in programs that are difficult to fill such as Nuke (both of my older sons joined as Enlisted Nukes — I will watch my oldest son receive his officer commission on Friday as a matter of fact :))

  5. Mike says:

    Could you guess what other rates they may offer him ?
    Congrats on your son becoming an officer.

  6. Brandon says:

    Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) has been revitalized; however, the only rating available is Musician. What exactly does this mean? I am completing my bachelors degree in accounting May 7th 2016 and I have been planning on going into the Navy when I get out. I do have federal student loans totaling around 50K will the Navy have a repayment program for me? If so how much will they cover?

  7. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I have no way of knowing what ratings will be available when an applicant goes to MEPS; as a matter of fact, even when I was a Chief Recruiter, I would not know until my classifier entered the applicant’s information into the system (PRIDE). It is all billet driven. Nuke, CTI, and the other ratings/programs listed in this article are usually there because it is very difficult to find applicants who actually qualify for them — the Enlistment Bonus is supposed to help with that.

  8. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Unless you go into the MU rating, or unless they update the program with additional qualified ratings, they won’t cover any of it.

  9. Jackie says:

    Hello! I have a question about the newly re-opened SLRP. If by any chance my rate (CTI-ATF) becomes eligible for the program in the future, can I still apply for it even if I am already in Boot Camp/A School/My duty station when it happens? Or is it something that I had to have had in my contract before shipping out (01/19)? Thankfully, I should be able to cover my student loans on my own (enlistment bonus helps out, too), but I definitely want to have my bases covered just in case I might qualify in the future. Thanks in advance!

  10. NCCM(Ret) says:


    No, the Loan Repayment Program must have been indicated in your original contract the day you entered the Delayed Entry Program.

  11. Mike says:

    The recruiter told my son today it looks like an October ship date. Man that seems like a long time. Hopefully everything goes through medical ok. They sent package today. Recruiter said he could try for an earlier date but I didn’t sound promising. Do you know much about disqualifying conditions ?

  12. Dylan says:

    I am 25 years old and I just completed my enlistment into the navy nuclear field and ship off in August. I am currently a chemistry teacher and basketball coach and possess my B.S. In chemistry from a small private school in NC. I had a 3.1 gpa. I have is that several recruiters have told me I could be a great chief one day and I could make it in as little as 8 years if I bust my tail. The question I have is am I crazy for not applying for OCS with my degree? I have been told that personality leads to the enlisted side but I just want to get a professional opinion on if staying enlisted isn’t completely ridiculous since I already have a degree. Thanks for your time and this website. It’s very helpful.

  13. Dylan says:

    And when I said school I mean college.

  14. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Before I retired, it was mandatory that all applicants with a BA/BS or higher degree be reviewed by an officer recruiter to determine whether the applicant would be competitive for an officer program. That said, my oldest son — a prior enlisted Nuke ET — just graduated OCS on December 18th and commissioned as an Ensign. He is on his way to Intel school to be an Intel Officer. I recommend that you exhaust that opportunity first unless you have been determined not to be a competitive candidate by an actual officer recruiter.

  15. Dylan says:

    Thank you sir. While I ace your attention, my recruiter spoke to me about how the enlisted side actually does more teaching and coaching and the officer side really doesn’t get to lead in that way. I’m interested in leadership, but I want to actually have a hand in teaching my men. Would my coaching background be more beneficial on the enlisted side?

  16. Dylan says:

    Also, did your son graduate college before his enlistment?

  17. NCCM(Ret) says:


    My oldest son, I had two sons join — both ET Nuke, did his six years and got out; he then completed his BS in Pol. Sci and then went on to Penn State Law — became a member of the Tennessee and Washington D.C. Bar associations. He worked at a law firm in Nashville until he decided he longed for the excitement only the Navy can provide, so he applied for Intel. My middle son, completed his degree in Physics after his discharge and now works for Amazon Web Services.

    Coaching is just one style of leadership — effective leaders, although they lean on what they are comfortable, are knowledgeable and proficient in all styles. That includes officers.

  18. Dylan says:

    Thank you for your time and information.

  19. Rich says:

    Dylan, I am an officer (A Commander) and was previously enlisted (E5). The notion that officers don’t lead, coach, mentor, or otherwise teach and shape our future is laughable. I joined in 1989, so I’ve been doing this a long time. My most recent sea duty was as the Captain of a destroyer. I will tell you that leadership is something that is practiced at every level – from E1 to O10. For a recruiter to tell you something like that is highly misleading. I thoroughly enjoyed being an enlisted sailor – I was a Quartermaster on Submarines – and I would have enjoyed being a Chief, but chose a different path. There is nothing wrong with being enlisted and yes, you will always be closer to the deckplates that way. But to say that officers don’t lead or otherwise shape our future is inaccurate, and quite frankly, insulting. I find it troubling that with a degree and teaching experience, you would not be encouraged to apply to OCS.

    All that said, if you found a path as an enlisted sailor that you think you would enjoy, by all means go for it. If after spending time on active duty you observe what officers do and find it appealing, then apply for OCS. You have that option assuming you are fully qualified. There’s a lot to be said for enlisted sailors that are a little older and more mature. They are a welcomed addition to any crew and typically find themselves serving as the voice of reason and a tempering factor within the ranks. You will also likely find success quicker than the younger ones who are still figuring out what they want out of life and how to comport themselves in a complex and disciplined environment.

    Enlisted service is honorable and admirable. But only follow that path if you are convinced it is the one you want. You have other options and unless you have something that precludes you from pursuing a commission, then I would encourage you to challenge your recruiter’s assertions. Based on what you posted, I would say he is WRONG. Lastly, only follow the officer’s path if that’s what you REALLY want to do. As an officer you will have to EARN your salute every day and you will subordinate your personal comfort and well-being for that of your sailors. True, the officer ranks enjoy more privilege than the enlisted ranks, but that privilege does come at a price… at least if you’re doing your duty right. Though it may seem to be a far more comfortable path, it’s not necessarily so. The sacrifices you will make will only be compensated by the success of the teams you will lead… that’s the most palpable reward. At least it was for me as I captained one of our great ships.

    Good luck to you.



  20. Dylan says:

    Thank you for your thoughtful and extremely helpful insight. I am going back into the recruiters office today to discuss an OCS option. Thank you for your service, sir.


  21. Kevan says:

    I will be graduating with a BA in Intelligence Studies at age 47. I also have completed an internship at a State/Fed fusion center.

    I see here…….

    ….that age waivers are being considered for Intel Officers. Is this still the case? Is this job hard to fill?

    Are there some Intel Officer jobs are easier to receive age waivers more than others (HUMINT, SIGINT etc)?

  22. NCCM(Ret) says:


    The information on that page is current. My oldest son was selected for Intel and graduated OCS last month — he is currently in Intel school. To your question about hard to fill, only just about 7% of those who applied for the program were selected during his board — it is very competitive. I recommend that you seek out an officer recruiter — that recruiter will be able to tell you what your specific chances may be based on your age and education.

  23. Kevan says:

    Thank you for the reply NCCM.

    Can I ask how old is your son and what was his military (if any), employment and education background?

  24. NCCM(Ret) says:


    My son completed six years as a Navy nuclear Electronics Technician, and when he got out, he went to college and completed his four year degree in political science (summa cum laude) at the U. of Memphis, and then went on the Penn State where he earned his law degree; during which time he interned with Senator Alexander and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C.. He worked at a law firm in Nashville before applying — he is a member of the Tennessee and D.C. Bar associations. He is 34 years of age.

  25. Kevan says:

    Wow, very impressive son you have, you must be very proud.

    What is the best way to find an Officer recruiter in my area (Sacramento, CA)?


  26. NCCM(Ret) says:


    First call 1-800-345-6289, and if that doesn’t help, try the local enlisted recruiters for a specific name/number at 1-916-925-6883.

  27. Kevan says:

    Thanks, NCCM!

  28. Kevan says:

    One last question. Are age waivers considered for enlisted Intel Specialists as well as Officers? Or, just Intel Officers?


  29. NCCM(Ret) says:


    An age waiver for general enlistment maximum age of 34 is not authorized for any program or rating.

  30. Corey says:

    Really would love to be a Navy Hospital Corpsman and it’s discouraging that they won’t enact that rating to get the SLRP, so I guess I’ll be joining the army.

  31. Dylan says:

    While in DEP I put in my OCS package and got picked up for SNA. Just wanted to let you know.

    Thank you,

  32. NCCM(Ret) says:


    Congratulations!!!! That is OUTSTANDING!

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