Pay & Allowances

Incentive/Special Pay



Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB)


What is a Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) and who is eligible to receive it?


A Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) may be paid to a U.S. Armed Forces enlisted member who meets the following conditions:
  • Meets the conditions of Zones A (reenlistments falling between 17 months and 6 years of service), B or C (reenlistments or extensions falling between 6 and 14 years of active service) eligibility
  • Is qualified in a military specialty designated for the award of the SRB
  • Is serving in pay grade E-3 or higher
  • Reenlists within 3 months of the date of discharge or release from voluntary active duty (or a lesser period if prescribed by the Secretary of the Military Department concerned), extends enlistment, or enlists in Regular Component within 3 months of release from Active Duty as member of Reserve Component.
  • Additional criteria may be prescribed by the Secretary of the Military Department concerned.
  • Reenlistment bonus amounts will vary depending on the member's prior years of service. The SRB may be paid in a single lump sum or in annual installments. If paid in installments, the member will receive no less than 50% of the bonus up front with the remaining balance to be paid in equal annual installments.

    The payment of a Selective Reenlistment Bonus should take no longer than 30 days from the date of re-enlistment. If, after 30 days, the Service Member has not received their his/her bonus payment, he/she should contact his/her servicing Finance Office.

    For more information about Military Pay, visit The DFAS Military Pay Homepage

    To view this FAQ's reference, visit the DoD FMR Volume 7A Chapter 9

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