Retention Bonuses

The Selective Retention Bonus (SRB) Program is a monetary incentive offered to qualified Soldiers who reenlist in the Regular Army for continued duty in certain military occupational specialties (MOS).

HRC conducts a periodic analysis of each MOS in the inventory to ensure the SRB program is supporting its objectives and adjusts the list of bonus MOS as needed.

The SRB is designed to increase the number of reenlistments in critical MOS and is paid by specialty and time in service. Soldiers must have between 17 months and 14 years of active service and will pay out monies for up to, but no more than, 20 years of active service.

The amount awarded for an SRB is calculated based on the amount of additional obligated service and Tier level as outlined in the current SRB MILPER message.

The eligibility criteria for awarding the SRB and other program features are outlined in AR 601-280 (Army Retention Program), Chapter 5.

Current SRB Messages

MILPER Message 22-377, SRB (Effective 17 OCT 22)

MILPER Message 22-203, WBA (Effective 2 Jun 22)