The Referral Bonus Program is a recruitment incentive program currently paying Soldiers, Army retirees and Army Civilians $2,000 for referring applicants who enlist in the Regular Component of the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard; complete basic training; and graduate advanced individual training.

The secretary of the Army may pay a bonus to any Soldier, Army retiree, or Army Civilian who refers to an Army recruiter a person who has not previously served in the Armed Forces and enlists in either the Active Army, Army National Guard or the Army Reserves.

The referrer may not be an immediate Family Member. The Soldier, retiree or Army Civilian referring may not be serving in a recruiting or retention assignment.

Prior to the new recruit’s first meeting with a recruiter, the referral must be made at www.usarec.army.mil/smart or, for Army National Guard recruits, at www.1800goguard.com/esar.

Since the program was introduced, the Army has received more than 15,000 referrals.

For more information about this incentive program, visit www.usarec.army.mil/smart/ or call 1-800-223-3735, ext. 6-0473.