Future sailors could earn up to $50,000 in enlistment bonuses

Prospective sailors could receive up to $50,000 in enlistment bonuses, $10,000 more than the maximum offered to incoming sailors in recent years.

The exact bonus rates are constantly changing due to the changing needs of the Navy, Cdmr said. Navy Recruiting Command spokesman Dave Benham in an email to the Navy Times. However, Benham said he is not aware of any other instances where enlistment bonuses have reached $50,000 before, and the enlistment bonus and loan repayment program posts list the maximum at $40,000 dating back to 2006.

“We recognize that young Americans today have more job options and opportunities than ever before, so we are offering these enlistment bonuses to compete with the strong civilian labor market, recognizing that we are in competition for the best and brightest young Americans from all walks of life,” Rear Admiral Dennis Velez, commander of Navy Recruiting Command, said in a Navy news release.

“While military service is not all about money, we believe that the additional economic incentive, on top of all of the existing military benefits and inherent excitement of serving in the First Navy in the world, will help us attract and retain the kind of talented young people our Navy needs to maintain our competitive edge in the future,” Velez said.

Prospective sailors who embark by May 31 are eligible for an early shipping bonus of $4,000, although some recruits for “high priority jobs” may receive up to $14,000 for shipping in the 30 days, according to a Navy press release.

This early enlistment incentive bonus could be combined with other bonuses offered, such as the enlistment bonus source rate available to sailors entering the fields of nuclear, submarine and information, among others. The Navy said these bonuses will be awarded to Sailors after graduating from School A or C. A Sailor who enters the nuclear career field, for example, could reap a bonus of $38,000, plus an early shipping bonus of $14,000, but the total bonus would be capped at $50,000.

Here’s what’s available at the following High Demand Ranks:

  • Air Rescue Swimmer (AIRR-ATF) – $24,000
  • Cryptology Interpretation Technician (CTI-ATF) – $15,000
  • Crypto Technician Networks (CTN-ATF) – $5,000
  • Explosive Ordnance (EOD-ATF) – $18,000
  • Hospital Human Body Advanced Technical Field (HM-ATF) – $18,000
  • Information Systems Technician Submarines (ITS-ATF) – $15,000
  • Machinist Journeyman Subs (MMS-5YO) – $10,000
  • Missile Technician (MT-AEF) – $5,000
  • Nuclear field (NUC-NF): second nuclear electrician (EMN), nuclear electronics technician (ETN), second nuclear machinist (MMN) — $38,000
  • Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB-ATF) – $18,000
  • Electronic Computing Sub-Field (SECF-5YO): Fire Control Technician (FT), Sonar Technician Submarines (STS), Electronic Navigation Technician (ETV), Electronic Communications Technician (ETR) – 15,000 $

The bonuses apply to any future sailor ranked or upgraded after Jan. 21, however, the service noted that it’s common for the schedule, fare and shipping dates to change. The length of the contracts depends on the rating and ranges from four to six years, Benham said.

Bonuses are dependent on congressional appropriations and the availability of funds, according to the Navy.

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