Army Referral Bonus Pilot Program

Friday June 29, 2007

What is it? The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2006 approved a referral bonus pilot program which permitted a bonus payment of $1,000 to eligible Soldiers who refer an applicant who has not previously served in the Armed Forces. NDAA 2007 increased the bonus amount to $2,000. The applicant must enlist in the Regular Component of the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. The person making the referral will receive $1,000 upon commencement of basic training by the person referred and then paid $1,000 when the person referred completes One Station Unit Training or Advanced Individual Training. Although the same provision in law authorizes this program for all three Army components, the title of the program for the Regular Army and Army Reserves is $2,000 Referral Bonus pilot program; the program's title for the Army National Guard is Every Soldier is a Recruiter.

What has the Army done? On 18 January 2006, Army implemented the $1,000 referral bonus pilot program. On 13 November 2006, the bonus to eligible persons was increased to $2,000. The program is open to individuals in the Regular Component of the Army, the Army Reserve Selected Reserves (SELRES), Army National Guard SELRES to include AGR Soldiers on active duty, and Army Retirees (this includes Retirees from the Active and Reserve Components of the Army); Soldiers performing duty in the Hometown Recruiter Assistance Program, Special Recruiter Assistance Program, Soldier performing Active Duty Special Work, members of Future Soldiers Training Program, and Civilian employees of the Department of the Army Civilians will begin participating in the program once the administrative procedures for payment are complete. The referrals may be made to any component of the Army (Active, Reserve, or National Guard) and do not have to be in the same component as the referring Soldier. Regular Army and Army Reserve referrals will be made to HQ, U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Referrals to the Army National Guard will be made to the Army National Guard Headquarters.

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