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Army Reserve Bonuses and Incentives


The Army Reserve offers recruits several types of cash signing bonuses and education bonuses. A new recruit who has enlisted in the Army Reserve for six years may qualify for a number of bonuses. These depend on vacancies, civilian skills, education level and how quickly the recruit is able to report for training. If a new recruit qualifies for more than one bonus, the Army Reserve may combine them up to a maximum of $20,000.

  • Army Reserve Cash Bonuses at a Glance:
  • Non-Prior Service Enlistment Bonuses – up to $20,000
  • Seasonal/Quick Ship Bonuses – up to $5,000
  • High School Sr. Bonuses – $1,000
  • Prior Service Incentives – up to $10,000
  • Army Reserve Prior Education Bonus – up to $4,000
  • Army Reserve Bonus For Civilian Skills – $5,000
  • Army Reserve Chaplain Bonus- up to $6,000


There are a number of education-related bonuses and incentives offered by the Army Reserve. Be aware that most enlistment incentives may be combined with either the Army Reserve Loan

Repayment Program or the Army Reserve College Fund.

A quick look at Army Reserve Education Bonuses:

  • Army Reserve College Fund – up to $71,000 when combined with the Montgomery GI Bill.
  • Student Loan Repayment – up to $65,000 to repay student debt.

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