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The Selective Retention Bonus

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The Selective Retention Bonus (SRB) program is a monetary incentive paid to enlisted members to encourage reenlistments and retention in critical military skills to sustain the career force in those skills.

Bonus award levels are adjusted as needed to ensure the services are retaining the correct quantity and critical skill mix to optimize their ability to accomplish the mission. The higher SRB amounts usually go to the more difficult positions to fill. You must also be at least an E-3 or above to get a SRB.

The current maximum SRB is $25,000 per year or reenlistment, making the maximum SRB payable $100,000 for a 4 year reenlistment. You may qualify for up to 2 SRBs in your military career for a maximum total of $200,000.

The bonus is usually paid in a lump sum or 50% paid at the time of reenlistment. The remaining bonus amount is paid in equal annual installments.

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