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Army expands eligibility for $1,000 Referral Bonus

By Alphonso Green

ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, Feb. 27, 2006) – The Army has expanded the list of eligible Soldiers who can earn $1,000 for referrals that lead to Army enlistment.

The Referral Bonus Pilot Program was expanded to include Soldiers performing duty in the Hometown Recruiter Assistance Program, Special Recruiter Assistance Program, as well as in the Additional Duty Special Work Program.

The referral bonus was authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act.

Soldiers may receive the $1,000 referral bonuses for referring anyone, except a member of their immediate family, which is defined as a spouse, parent (including step-parent), child (natural, adopted, or step-child), brother or sister.

A lump-sum bonus will be paid to a referring Soldier once the referred applicant completes Basic and Advanced Individual Training, regardless of component. There are no retroactive provisions to this pilot program. Payments will be made directly to the referring Soldier’s military pay account within 45 days of the referral completing AIT

Those not eligible to receive a referral bonus include anyone who serves in a recruiting or retention assignment or who receives Special Duty Assignment Pay while in those capacities.

"Soldiers continue to play an important role in the recruiting process and with this program we are able to recognize their contributions,” said Lt. Gen. Franklin L. Hagenbeck, deputy chief of staff, Army G1 (Personnel). “We thank Congress for their recent legislation to provide bonuses such as these,” he said.

Under this program, referrals will be made via the Sergeant Major of the Army Recruiting Team (SMART) process. The Soldier must either submit the referral through a process via the SMART link or through the USAREC 1-800 line dedicated to the program. To receive a bonus, the sponsor (Soldier making the referral) must provide the name of the applicant prior to the applicant’s interview with an Army recruiter.

For more information on the $1,000 referral bonus, visit: https://www.usarec.army.mil/smart/ or call 1-800-223-3735, ext. 6-0473.

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