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Navy Reserve Enlistment Bonus Increased

FY-22 Navy Enlistment Bonus May Update

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Published: May 10, 2022
Updated: May 10, 2022

Today, Navy Recruiting Command released another Enlistment Bonus (EB) message for Fiscal Year 2022. The new EB guidance, effective tomorrow, May 11, 2022, is the eleventh one so far this fiscal year. It supersedes the guidance released April 4th.

Today’s update keeps the Enlistment Bonus for Shipping (EBSHP) at the previous amounts for those eligible shipping in May and June. The main changes in this update focus on the Navy Reserve with increases for the Full Time Support and a select few New Accession Training (NAT) ratings who contract and ship between now through the end of July.

The maximum enlistment bonus one can receive in combination remains $50,000. For example, if a person joined the Navy tomorrow in the Navy nuclear power program (Nuke) and shipped to boot-camp in the month of June 2022, they would be entitled to Enlistment Bonus for Source Rate (EBSR) AND Enlistment Bonus for Shipping (EBSHP). The EBSR amount for Nuke is currently $38,000, and the EBSHP (must ship in May or June 2022) for Nuke is $30,000. The total amount authorized for payment would be $50,000 — not $68,000. Hope that makes sense.

Current Enlistment Bonus Status

Enlistment Bonus for Source Rate (EBSR): Authorized (see chart below).
Enlistment Bonus for Physical Screening Test (EBPST): Not authorized.
Enlistment Bonus for Physical Fitness Assessment (EBPFA): Not authorized.
Enlistment Bonus for High School (EBHS): Not Authorized.
Enlistment Bonus for College Credit (EBCC): Not authorized.
Enlistment Bonus for Shipping (EBSHP): Authorized (see Active Duty and Reserve charts below).
Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Policy: Not authorized.

Enlistment Bonus for Source Rate (EBSR)


For any Future Sailors initially classified or reclassified on or after May 11, 2022 into the following ratings would be eligible for the Enlistment Bonus for Source Rate (EBSR).

Navy Enlistment Bonus Source Rate Ratings List*
Rating Ship Month FY EB Notes
AIRR-ATF Oct-Sep Any $24,000 3,6
CTI-ATF Oct-Sep Any $15,000 5
CTN-ATF Oct-Sep Any $5,000 2
EOD-ATF Oct-Sep Any $18,000 5,6
HM-ATF Oct-Sep Any $18,000 2
ITS-ATF Oct-Sep Any $15,000 2
MMS-5YO Oct-Sep Any $10,000 2
MT-AEF Oct-Sep Any $5,000 2
Nuke Oct-Sep Any $38,000 1
SB-ATF Oct-Sep Any $18,000 4,6
SECF-5YO Oct-Sep Any $15,000 2

If a Service Member is reclassified while attending training (boot-camp or “A” school), the Enlistment Bonus for Source Rate (EBSR) bonus amount is determined by the current effective message.

EBSR Notes:

  1. See OPNAVINST 1160.9A, THE EB PROGRAM INSTRUCTION, for payment guidance.
  2. EBSR earned and payable upon graduation from “A” or “C” school.
  3. For Navy aviation rescue swimmer (AIRR) advance technical field (ATF), payment occurs after graduation from Naval Aircrew Candidate School (NACCS), “A” school, Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training, and after arrival at first permanent duty station.
  4. For Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB) ATF, the payment occurs following graduation from the crewman qualification training (CQT).
  5. For Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EOD) ATF, payment occurs following EOD “A” school. For Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) ATF, payment occurs following Language “A” school and first duty station qualification training in the designated language.
  6. Must have earned the rating Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) and have a security clearance.

Enlistment Bonus High School (EBHS)

As of April 5, 2022, Enlistment Bonus High School is not authorized.

Enlistment Bonus for Shipping (Active Duty)

Active Component recruits listed below are eligible for Enlistment Bonus for Shipping (EBSHP) in these months in FY-2022 in accordance with associated notes (listed below chart). $25,000 EBSHP is awarded to any newly classified applicant scheduled to ship in May through June 2022 or any Future Sailor (FS) currently in Delayed Entry Program (DEP) with a scheduled shipping date of July 1, 2022 or later that rolls in or reclassifies into May or June. Any newly classified applicant scheduled to ship in May or June of 2022, or Future Sailor scheduled to ship in July through September of 2022 that rolls in to ship in May or June of 2022 in the ratings listed below is authorized a $25,000 EBSHP plus up to $10,000 EBSHP, totaling an EBSHP amount of $35,000. For example, a newly contracted applicant who enters the DEP and is scheduled to ship June 1, 2022 as a Navy Machinery Repairman is authorized a $25,000 EBSHP. A Future Sailor currently in DEP with a scheduled shipping date of July 1, 2022 as an Navy Special Warfare Boat Operator who rolls in to ship in May or June of 2022 will be authorized a $30,000 EBSHP. Any future Sailor in DEP scheduled to ship on or after July 1, 2022 that rolls in to ship during May or June is authorized a $25,000, $30,000, or a $35,000 EBSHP if they ship in May or June (actual dollar amount authorized for EBSHP is listed in the chart).

Navy Active Duty EBSHP Amounts*
Program Ship Months FY EBSHP NOTES
AECF-AEF May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
AIRR-ATF May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
AV-5YO May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
CSS-5YO May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
CTI-ATF May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
CTM-AEF May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
CTN-ATF May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
CTT-AEF May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
CTT-SG May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
EOD-ATF May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
HM-ATF May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
HMDH-SG May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
IT-ATF May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
IT-SG May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
ITS-ATF May – June 2022 $35,000 (1,2)
MMS-5YO May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
MN-SG May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
MT-AEF May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
ND-ATF May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
NUKE May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
RP-SG May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
SB-ATF May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
SECF-5YO May – June 2022 $35,000 (1,2)
SO-ATF May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
STG-5YO May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
STG-AEF May – June 2022 $30,000 (1,2)
Any May – June 2022 $25,000 (1,2)

Active Duty EBSHP Notes:

Note 1: Eligibility for Enlistment Bonus for Shipping (EBSHP-Active Duty) only exists while the Future Sailor is in Delayed Entry Program. EBSHP is earned and payable upon graduation of Recruit Training Command and may not be recouped due to reclassification or separation.
Note 2: Newly contracted Active Duty applicants as well as Active Duty Future Sailors currently scheduled to ship in July–September who reclassify or roll into the shipping months of May or June are eligible for the Active Duty bonuses(s) listed above. Future Sailors scheduled to ship May or June on the effective date of this message are not eligible for the increased EBSHP. The only exceptions are the following:

  • Reclassifications: If the Future Sailor reclassifies into one of the specified ratings listed at $30,000 or $35,000 in the specific shipping month(s) listed, they are eligible.
  • Roll ins: If a Future Sailor is scheduled to ship in one of the specified ratings eligible to earn $30,000 or $35,000 EBSHP but have a shipping date of July or later, they must roll into May or June to be eligible for the $30,000 or $35,000.

Enlistment Bonus for Shipping (Reserve)

New Accession Training (NAT) is designed to reduce critical Navy Reserve Selected Reserve (SELRES) manning shortfalls. NAT is not an authorized enlistment option for prior service veterans or members of any RC. The only exception is for applicants that have served in the armed forces, but were released from such service before completing the basic training requirements of the armed force of which the person was a member and their service was characterized as either honorable or uncharacterized. Enlistment in the NAT program is for a period of eight years with six years in SELRES status and the final two years in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). See your local recruiter for more details about the New Accession Training Program!

The Full Time Support (FTS) Program are members of the Navy Reserve who serve in a full time capacity with the responsibility to train and administer the Navy Reserve. Enlisted FTS personnel serve in many diverse and demanding billets both on ship and ashore.

Navy Reserve EBSHP Amounts*
Rating Program Ship Months FY EBSHP NOTES
AIRC NAT May – July 2022 $5,000 (1,2)
CTT NAT May – July 2022 $10,000 (1,2)
EA NAT May – July 2022 $10,000 (1,2)
IS NAT May – July 2022 $15,000 (1,2)
IT NAT May – July 2022 $15,000 (1,2)
MN NAT May – July 2022 $10,000 (1,2)
RP NAT May – July 2022 $10,000 (1,2)
Any FTS May – July 2022 $25,000 (1,3,4)

Reserve EBSHP Notes:

Note 1: Eligibility for Enlistment Bonus for Shipping (EBSHP-Reserve) only exists while the Future Sailor is in Delayed Entry Program. EBSHP is earned and payable upon graduation of Recruit Training Command and may not be recouped due to reclassification or separation.
Note 2: The intent of this New Accession Training (NAT) EBSHP is to fill shipping gaps in May through July. Only newly contracted NAT applicants are eligible. FS already in the DEP on the effective date of this message are not eligible for NAT EBSHP amount listed in the chart.
Note 3: The intent of this Full Time Support (FTS) EBSHP is to fill shipping gaps in May through July. Only newly contracted FTS applicants are eligible. FS already in the DEP on the effective date of this message are not eligible for FTS EBSHP amount listed in the chart.
Note 4: Reserve Component Full Time Support program name is replaced with Training and Administration of the Reserves (TAR).

Prior Service members, either Navy or Other Services (must have an eligible RE-Code for reenlistment), re-enlisting into active duty are eligible for bonuses. They must enter active duty in pay grade E-4 or below, meet specific bonus eligibility and did not receive a bonus in their first enlistment.

With the allowances (if eligible — BAH, BAS, FSA, etc.), military base pay, billet pay (Navy 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!




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