The Army is ending its reenlistment bonus, at least for a short while, as the service experiences notably high retention rates.
A Sept. 12 internal Army Military Personnel Center message shared with Military.com detailed that the Selective Retention Bonus Program was shut down on “the effective date of this message.”
This past April, the Army hit its retention goal for the fourth year in a row, Military.com previously reported. The active-duty force retained 55,000 soldiers who were otherwise scheduled to leave the service.
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Those high retention efforts have paid off, it seems, and the bonuses will not be available through the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends in two weeks on Sept. 30.
“We have seen positive momentum over the last several months, and we are currently on track to recruit more young Americans than we did last year,” said Madison Bonzo, an Army spokeswoman. “We have two weeks left in the fiscal year, and we are still actively recruiting.”
In 2023, the Army retained 3,700 more soldiers compared to the previous fiscal year. Rather than put more money into an already stellar retention year, the Army decided to pause the program for the remainder of the fiscal year.
“While not every soldier receives a bonus, the increased retention increased the expenditures,” Bonzo said. “In previous…