The Headquarters, U.S. Army Recruiting Command is encouraging Soldiers, Reservists, Department of the Army civilians and others to take advantage of the Referral Bonus program, in which individuals can earn $2,000 for referring a new enlistee into the Army.
Soldiers, U.S. Military Academy cadets, Reserve Officer Training Corps contracted cadets, members of the Future Soldier Training Program, Army component retirees and DA civilian employees can earn $2,000 for referring their acquaintances to Army and Army Reserve recruiters, if those referrals result in enlistment.
Eligible individuals may receive a referral bonus for referring anyone, except individuals who have previously served in the military and immediate Family members. Immediate Family members include spouse, parent or step-parent, child (natural, adopted or step-child), brother or sister.
To receive the $2,000 referral bonus, the individual making the referral must provide the name of the applicant as a referral using the Army Referral System-Sergeant Major of the Army Recruiting Team (ARS-SMART) referral process, prior to the applicant conducting an appointment with an Army recruiter.
At Aberdeen Proving Ground, 1st Sgt. Raymond Reynard, Company A, 16th Ordnance Battalion, successfully referred five individuals. Reynard said he sees the program as a great way of "getting Soldiers in the Army."
"We're a nation at war," Reynard said. "And technically, we're all recruiters," he added in reference to the NCO Corps. "I would recommend all Soldiers do [the same]."
The $2,000 Referral Bonus is payable in two lump sums. The eligible sponsor receives $1,000 once the Soldier (referral) has commenced basic training, and $1,000 will be paid once the Soldier (referral) has completed and graduated from one station unit training (OSUT) or advanced individual training (AIT).
To be eligible for the bonus, referrals must be submitted through the "Make a Referral" link at or by calling USAREC at 1-800-223-3735, ext. 6-0473.
Those who are not eligible to receive a referral bonus include:
Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Accessions Command, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Cadet Command, U.S. Army Reserve Command
Retention and Transition Division, National Guard State Recruiting Commands and any other members of the Army serving in a recruiting or retention assignment
Soldiers and Army component retirees serving as instructors, assistant instructors or contracted instructors in the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps program or Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program
Family members
Individuals assigned to duties regarding which eligibility for a bonus could, as determined by the Secretary of the Army, be perceived as creating a conflict of interest
Retired Department of the Army civilians (unless they are Army component retirees)