If you are a soldier who is within one year of your ETS date, you might want to re-enlist now!
After March 1, 2009, re-enlistment bonuses will be reduced from $15,000 to $10,000.
The same reduction applies to soldiers who are deploying.
According to a new Selected Reserve Incentive Program guidance policy issued by The Army National Guard, most bonuses will be cut by half. The main reason for this move is that the Army has reached their end-strength numbers.
Soldiers who are close to their ETS date who wish to enlist should do so prior to adption of the new policy on March 1.
An interesting thing to note is that while the cash bonuses are nice, most soldiers don't re-enlist based solely on the money. Many anecdotally cite service to state and nation, and love of what they do as Guard members as reasons for opting to "stay in".
In this faltering economy, the cash bonuses are a great incentive for soldiers. But simply knowing that our uniformed men and women continue to raise their right hand and commit themselves to protecting the state of Oregon and our country, is something money can't buy.
If you are a soldier with questions regarding the SRIP, or the new bonus policy, please contact your unit. Oregon soldiers: you may also direct questions toward the JFHQ Education Services Officer, CW3 Diane Beach, at 503-584-3456.
For an overview of the enlistment bonus program, visit the www.goarmy.com/benefits/money_bonuses.jsp.
Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Emerging Social Media Manager, Oregon Military Department