Military Enlistment Bonuses

When the United States military is experiencing challenges in filling the number of billets required to ensure end-strength requirements are met, one tool at their disposal is the option of offering an enlistment bonus. The bonus may be specific to fill critical needs like the Navy's Nuclear Power Program, or unspecific which could allow everyone who meets the established minimum requirements in order for the branch of service to meet immediate shipping requirements.

Navy's Recent Enlistment Bonuses

Note: Fiscal years run from October 1st until September 30th.

Fiscal Year 2024

Fiscal Year 2023

Fiscal Year 2022

If you are seeking older enlistment bonus information, feel free to contact me.

Enlistment Bonus History

Signed into law on September 28, 1971 by President Richard Nixon, the law which laid the original ground-work for the move from the days of a military draft to an All-Volunteer Force. The law, Public Law 92-129, "[An Act] To amend the Military Selective Service Act of 1967; to increase military pay; to authorize military active duty strengths for fiscal year 1972; and for other purposes." added the following section to United States Code Title 37:

"SEC. 203. (a) Chapter 5 of title 37, United States Code, is amended by adding after section 308 a new section as follows:

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