Reenlist, Get a Bonus, Apply for Officer Program = Keep Reenlistment Bonus
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Soldiers that reenlist and receive a Reenlistment Bonus may apply for Officer Candidate School (OCS) or Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS) and keep their bonus. Currently, Reenlistment Bonuses are paid in one lump-sum amounts and are no longer paid in installment payments.
AR 601-820, Chapter 5, paragraph 5-14. Restrictions:
c. Recoupment of an unearned bonus is not required if the soldier is separated to permit acceptance of a commission or warrant appointment or to enter a program leading to a commission or warrant appointment. Entitlement to additional unpaid bonus is suspended and will terminate upon commissioning or appointment. However, the entitlement to additional unpaid bonus will be reinstated and paid on a pro rata basis if the soldier is not commissioned or appointed and returns to enlisted status in the same bonus MOS.