Army Retention Program

Monday July 2, 2007

What is it? The Army Retention Program is one of the tools the Army uses to shape the force. The program is designed to retain the right Soldier with the right skills at the right location. The program allows the Army to foster an environment that encourages high-quality, career-minded Soldiers to stay with the Army team. The retention program encourages Soldiers to continue their service with the Army whether on active duty or in the reserve component.

What has the Army done? In Fiscal Year (FY) 2006, all components exceeded the annual retention goal. The Active Army achieved 105 percent of the annual goal, the Army Reserve achieved 103 percent, and the Army National Guard achieved 118 percent. During FY06, the Army offered numerous retention incentives to enhance retention efforts. Included in FY06 were the traditional Selective Reenlistment Bonuses (SRBs) offering $10,000-$30,000 for Soldiers in select skills, while Soldiers in specialized skills could receive up to $40,000. The Army also increased SRB caps by $7,500 for Soldiers with an FY 2006 and FY 2007 separation date. Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait continued to receive reenlistment bonuses up to $15,000 tax-free and the Army continued to offer a Critical Skills Retention Bonus (CSRB) to retirement eligible

Soldiers in the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community up to a max of $150,000 for a six years, while other select skills were offered up to a max of $50,000 for five years. The Active Army continues to support and encourage Active Duty Soldiers who elect not to reenlist to transfer to the Reserve Component upon completion of their Active Duty tour. In addition, the Army implemented the Montgomery GI Bill Transferability of Benefits to Spouses pilot program in July 2006 offering Soldiers in critical skills with at least 6 years of service who reenlist for at least 4 years, the option of transferring up to $18,000 of MGIB benefits to their spouse.

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement. To continue reading this topic in its entirety, click here.


- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.


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