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Written by Thomas Goering, NCCM USN(RET)
Published: June 19, 2020
Updated: July 15, 2020
Effective, June 13, 2020, the following enlistment bonus (EB) opportunities have been continued and or adjusted by the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command.
For those whose shipping date may have been affected by COVID 19, please read the message at the end of the this article.
The Enlistment Bonus for Shipping (EBSHP) continues with the current payout of $4,000 for all ratings that ship before Sep 30, 2020. Eligibility for EBSHP only exists while the Future Sailor is in DEP.
The Enlistment Bonus for College Credit (EBCC) remains unchanged from the last Enlistment Bonus message.
The Enlistment Bonus for Physical Screening Test (EBPST) and Physical Fitness Assessment (EBPFA) continues.
The Enlistment Bonus for Source Ratings (EBSR) remains unchanged, and keeps the Nuclear Power with the highest individual enlistment bonus at $38,000.
Multiple enlistment bonuses can be earned simultaneously, however, the maximum combined enlistment bonus, capped by law, is $40,000.
Enlistment Bonus for Source Rate (EBSR)
For any Future Sailors initially classified or reclassified on or after June 13, 2020 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), will be eligible to receive a $2,000 EBPST. For bonus eligibility, the PST MUST be passed on the first attempt. 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. For bonus eligibility, the PFA MUST be passed on the first attempt.
|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-20||$3,000|
Active component recruits are eligible if they were initially classified as a high school senior in the Navy during the period of July 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019 and they stay in school to graduate at the end of the regular school year in 2020.
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 any rating or program and ships to boot-camp during the months listed in the chart below will receive the following (payment earned after graduation from boot-camp):
Eligibility for EBSHP only exists while the Future Sailor is in DEP. EBSHP is earned and payable upon graduation of boot-camp.
With basic pay (See the 2020 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 for those serving. 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 the Musician rating who join and ship at any time.
The Loan Repayment Program MUST be included in your contract when shipping. LRP participants are eligible to combine any Enlistment Bonus with an approved LRP.
For LRP members to be eligible for 100 percent of the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit, a minimum of six years active service must be completed either through extension or reenlistment if your initial contract is not already a six year program. Any service less than six years will reduce the percentage of GI Bill benefit earned.
See your recrutier for details!