The Army announced on July 21, 2006 the implementation of a pilot program allowing Soldiers in critical skills who reenlist the ability to transfer up to 18 months of their Montgomery GI Bill benefits to their spouse.
The requirements are - enlisted Soldiers who:
-Have completed at least six years of service
-Reenlist for a minimum of four years
-Qualify for a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) specific Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB)
-Are entitled to a Zone B or Zone C bonus
Soldiers can choose between a full SRB or a slightly reduced SRB plus the ability to transfer more than $18,000 in benefits.
The Army will study the results of the program with the possibility of making it a permanent part of the Army's reenlistment policies.
"The Army continues to focus on and provide support to Soldiers' families because it is the right thing to do, and because we know that we recruit Soldiers, but retain families," said Maj. Gen. Sean Byrne, director of Army Military Personnel Management.
Soldiers interested in participating in the program should visit their servicing Career Counselor for information.
Check out the following:
MILPER Message # 06-205
MGIB Transferability Brochure
MGIB Transferability Q&As
Program for Soldiers to Earn $1,000 Referral Bonus Expanded
The latest recruiting incentive that will pay Soldiers a $1,000 lump payment for referring applicants who enlist, complete basic training, and graduate advanced individual training has been expanded. Effective 1 June 2006, Army Retirees are eligible to provide referrals under this program and receive the $1K bonus by referring persons that have not previously conducted an appointment with a recruiter.
The Secretary of the Army may pay a bonus to any Soldier who refers to an Army recruiter a person who has not previously served in the Armed Forces and enlists in either the Active Army, Army National Guard or the Army Reserves. The referral may not be an immediate family member and the Soldier referring may not be serving in a recruiting or retention assignment.
The referral must be made by the Soldier at www.usarec.army.mil or www.1800goguard.com/esar prior to the new recruit's first meeting with a recruiter.