Written by Thomas Goering, NCCM USN(RET)
Published: May 15, 2019
Updated: May 15, 2019
Effective, May 10, 2019, the following enlistment bonus (EB) opportunities have been announced by the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command.
The Enlistment Bonus for Shipping (EBSHP) has increased the amount of cash and extended the time frame for a few ratings.
The Enlistment Bonus for College Credit (EBCC) remains unchanged from the last Enlistment Bonus message.
The Enlistment Bonus for Physical Screening Test (EBPST), Physical Fitness Assessment (EBPFA) continues for eligible active duty recruits if they pass the Baseline PFA (normally conducted on P-5 day of training) with a score of Satisfactory-Medium or better.
The Enlistment Bonus for Source Ratings (EBSR) remains unchanged.
Enlistment Bonus for Source Rate (EBSR)
For any Future Sailors initially classified or reclassified on or after May 10, 2019 into the following ratings would be eligible for the Enlistment Bonus for Source Rate (EBSR).
Note: Your recruiter would be able to give you specifics as to when the bonus would be paid.
Enlistment Bonus for Physical Screening Test (EBPST)
Members in the Warrior Challenge program who achieve standards for passing the Recruit Training Command Initial PST at an “Elevated” PST, in accordance with the EB Statement of Understanding (1133/102 (REV 04-2018)), will be eligible to receive a $2,000 EBPST. The member must remain in the Warrior Challenge program and graduate from RTC to continue eligibility.
EBPST is payable upon graduation of Recruit Training Command. EBPST can be combined with EBPFA, EBCC, EBHS and EBSR.
Enlistment Bonus for Physical Fitness Assessment (EBPFA)
Active Component recruits are eligible for an Enlistment Bonus for Physical Fitness Assessment if they pass their first official Navy boot-camp Physical Fitness Assessment (Initial PFA conducted P-5 day of training) with a score of Satisfactory Medium or better.
|ANY Rating or Program||Oct-Sep||Any||$2,000|
Payment occurs upon graduation of boot-camp. EBPFA can be combined with EBPST, EBCC, EBSR, and Enlistment Bonus for High School (EBHS).
Enlistment Bonus for High School (EBHS)
|ANY Rating or Program||Oct-Sep||FY-19||$2,000|
Active component recruits are eligible if they were initially classified as a high school senior in the Navy during the period of August 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018 and they stay in school to graduate at the end of the regular school year in 2019.
Enlistment Bonus for College Credit (EBCC)
Active Component recruits enlisting in any rating or program with college credit from a post-secondary accredited institution can receive EBCC. The rates of bonus for credit is as follows:
- (1) For Associates Degree.
- (2) For Bachelor Degree or greater.
- (3) For 1yr vocation.
- (4) For 2yr vocation.
- (5) For 12-23 semester hours.
- (6) For 24-47 semester hours.
- (7) For 48-71 semester hours.
- (8) For 72-95 semester hours.
- (9) For 96 or greater semester hours.
All future sailors with foreign education must have an approved NAVCRUIT 1133/51 to be eligible for the EBCC. Enlistment Bonus for College Credit is payable upon graduation from boot-camp.
Enlistment Bonus for Shipping (EBSHP)
Active Component recruits enlisting in an eligible rating or program on or after May 10, 2019 and ships to boot-camp during the months listed in the chart below will receive the following (payment earned after graduation from boot-camp):
To be eligible for EBSHP the initial or reclassification transaction must take place after May 10, 2019 with a ship date in a month listed in the EBSHP chart above. EBSHP is earned and payable upon graduation of boot-camp.
With the 2.6 percent raise in active duty pay (See the 2019 military pay chart for specifics), and the possible allowances (if eligible — BAH, etc.), billet pay (Sea Pay, Sub Pay, Hazardous Duty, Flight Pay, etc.), 30 days leave, Tuition Assistance, medical and dental benefits for the entire family, etc., your first few years of service could net a greater level of compensation never before experienced. This should be at least enough incentive to call your local recruiter for more information!
*Valid until superseded. The maximum enlistment bonus that can be afforded a new recruit is capped by law at $40,000. For enlistment bonus payment terms and specifics, updates, and changes to policy please see your recruiter.
Student Loan Repayment
The Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) remains available for only the Musician rating, and LRP participants are eligible to combine any EB with an approved LRP.