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Welcome to the active-duty enlisted Retention home page. This page provides enlisted members information about reenlisting, enlistment extensions, Selective Retention Bonus (SRB), Career Job Reservation (CJR) Program and links to other resources related to retention.

Selective Retention Bonus Program

The Selective Retention Bonus (SRB) program is a monetary incentive paid to Airmen serving in certain selected critical military skills who reenlist for additional obligated service. The bonus is intended to encourage the reenlistment of sufficient numbers of qualified enlisted personnel in military skills with either demonstrated retention shortfalls or high training costs. Airmen can expect to serve in the SRB specialty for the entire enlistment for which the bonus was paid. Airmen do not qualify for the SRB if they reenlist or extend their enlistments for any purpose other than continued active service in the SRB skill.

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Airmen in SRB skills who reenlist or extend their enlistment in the Regular Air Force (RegAF) for at least three years are eligible for an SRB provided they meet all criteria listed in AFI 36-2606, Reenlistment and Extension of Enlistment in the United States Air Force, paragraph 4.3.

 

SRB designations are further broken down by Zones, which are determined by the Total Active Federal Military Service (TAFMS) of Airmen at the time of reenlistment or date they enter the extension. Eligible Airmen may receive an SRB in each zone, but only one SRB per zone. SRB eligibility zones are:

Zone A is between 17 months and 6 years, 00 months and 00 days of service

Zone B is between 6 and 10 years, 00 months and 00 days of service

Zone C is between 10 and 14 years, 00 months and 00 days of service

Zone E is between 18 and 20 years, 00 months and 00 days of service

 

The SRB is reviewed at Headquarters Air Force at least once per year.

 

SRB LIST RELEASE DATE INFORMATION

Once Air Staff formally announces a change it is sent to all the Military Personnel Sections (MPS). AFI 36-2606, Reenlistment and Extension of Enlistment in the United States Air Force, governs SRBs; the SRB listing is normally updated annually, however, Air Staff may determine the need to make changes during the year and release a listing upon that decision.

 

Additions, reductions, and terminations are effective as announced.

 

SRBs are calculated using one month's base pay, multiplied by the number of years reenlisted, multiplied by the SRB multiple as listed on the authorized SRB listing. NOTE: The Airman's base pay on the date of discharge is used to calculate the SRB. Therefore, if an Airman was promoted to SSgt, May 1 and reenlisted May 1, the SRB would be calculated on the base pay of SrA. The maximum SRB per zone is $90,000.

 

Airmen receive their SRB payment(s) (minus taxes) as outlined in the program guidance. Accelerated SRB payments are not authorized.

 

For more information about SRBs, Airmen should contact their MPS. For information about bonus amounts, they should contact their local finance office.

 

Selective Retention Bonus Factors Considered For Retraining (Voluntary/Involuntary)

Airmen are not normally authorized to retrain out of their career field until they have completed the contract period for which they received the bonus (see below).

VOLUNTARY RETRAINING

Airmen receiving a Selective Retention Bonus (SRB) may volunteer as an Exception to Policy (ETP) to retrain only if they have completed at least 50% of their current enlistment. No other request will be considered. The Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services is the approval authority for these types of requests. There are several factors that will determine whether requests will be approved (manning, career field health, last SRB payment, etc.). If approved, all unearned portions of the bonus will be recouped and all future/anniversary payments will be terminated. Air Force Retraining Section will notify Air Force Reenlistments Section via current processing procedures of affected Airmen in order to process any necessary waivers, as well as initiate termination/recoupment actions through Defense Finance and Accounting System (DFAS), when approved.

INVOLUNTARY RETRAINING

Air Force Retraining Section will make every effort to prevent involuntarily retraining for Airmen receiving a SRB on their current enlistment. Airmen who are involuntary retrained as a result of the Noncommissioned Officer Retaining are not required to repay unearned portions of a SRB. However, they will not receive any future/anniversary payments. Air Force Retraining Section will notify Air Force Reenlistments Section via current processing procedures of affected Airmen in order to initiate termination of future payments through DFAS.

SRB ELIGIBILITY FOR OTS

According to AFI 36-2606, Reenlistment and Extension of Enlistment in the United States Air Force, paragraph 4.4, Airmen are not eligible for a Selective Retention Bonus (SRB) if they reenlist or enter an extension in order to get required retainability for a commissioning program after the selection date. Airmen may be eligible for an SRB if they reenlist or enter an extension before the selection date. In these cases, SRB payments do not occur pending official selection or non-selection.

 

Airmen currently receiving an SRB on their present enlistment and have not served at least 50% of the SRB contract are ineligible to apply for commissioning unless an exception to policy (ETP) is approved. Airmen submit their ETP through their commander/civilian director to the MPS for processing to Air Force Personnel Center.

 

However, if an Airman reenlists prior to being accepted for a commissioning program, they will continue to receive their SRB payments until their commissioning date. If an Airman reenlists after being accepted for a commissioning program, they will not receive any of their SRB payments.