Air Force Reserve: Drilling

Benefit Fact Sheet


There are several opportunities to earn money in the Air Force in addition to basic pay. Bonuses may be available for new recruits, Airmen, and officers who select specific Air Force jobs, complete special training, assume extra responsibilities, or have served in the military before.


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Drilling Air Force Reserve Service members with no prior service or those with prior service who meet the critical skill, term of service, and other specific eligibility requirements are eligible, to include enlisted personnel and officers.

Benefit Highlights

Reserve Component Enlistment Bonus: Non-Prior Service recruits enlisting in the Air Force Reserve for six years in a specified job skill specialty may be eligible for a bonus or a combination of bonuses. Qualified Air Force Reserve applicants who already have civilian skills that the Air Force needs and enlist for six years in a critical skill specialty may be eligible for a bonus up to $20,000.

Prior Service Enlistment Bonus: Formerly serving members of an armed force who agree to serve in the Air Force Reserve in a specified job skill for a three- or six-year term of service may be eligible for a bonus up to $20,000.

Reenlistment/Retention Bonus: Retention Bonuses will be offered to both officers (Officer Retention Bonus) and enlisted Airmen (Selective Retention Bonus) in specialties with low manning or poor retention and high replacement training costs. Enlisted Airmen who reenlist or officers who agree to continue serving on active duty for at least one additional year in specialties such as cyber, maintenance, nuclear, battlefield airmen, and intelligence.

Student Loan Repayment Program: Non-Prior Service, Prior Service and currently serving Airmen of the Air Force Reserve who meet eligibility requirements may be eligible for repayment of authorized student loans up to $20,000. Terms of service vary.

Additional Information

For more information about Bonuses, please visit the following Websites maintained by the Department of Defense:

Selective Retention Bonus (SRB) Program:

Air Force Instruction 36-2606: Reenlistment and Extension of Enlistment in the United States Air Force

DoD Financial Management Regulation:

Department of the Air Force Selective Retention Bonus Listing

Document Review Date: 12 April 2021