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Army National Guard (ARNG) Critical Skills Retention Bonus (CSRB)

What is it?
The purpose of the Critical Skills Retention Bonus (CSRB) is to retain officers who are assigned to either a Modified Table of Organization and Equipment (MTOE) unit or a deployable Table of Distribution and Allowance (TDA) unit in a designated critical skill as identified by the Army National Guard. The officer’s critical area of concentration determines if they are eligible for a $20,000 or $30,000 bonus. Eligible warrant officers receive a $20,000 bonus. Qualified officers sign an extension or officer service agreement at the same time they execute the CSRB written agreement.

What has the ARNG done?
The ARNG implemented the CSRB on February 1, 2008. The CSRB is currently authorized for officers and warrant officers within designated rank and critical skills criteria who agree to serve in an MTOE unit or deployable TDA for a 3-year contract period. Participation in the CSRB is currently tracked in the Information Management and Reporting Center (iMARC program). The iMARC is a menu-driven, web-based application that tracks Service Member Incentive Programs for the Army National Guard. More than 1,471 officers are currently contracted for the CSRB. This includes basic branch captains, chaplains, lawyers, and warrant officers.

What continued efforts does the ARNG have planned for the future?
Continue to fund the CSRB and extend the eligibility to other branches and other ranks.

Why is this important to the Army?
The CSRB supports the Army National Guard in meeting critical officer shortages and lowers the officer attrition rate by retaining qualified officers who have the critical skills needed by the Army National Guard.

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