ArmyReenlistment, I just found out that I will be going back to ait for a reclass I turned in a year ago. I want your advice on reenlisting vs. extending. When I turned in the packet, I had three years left on my contract. I now only have two. Because the ait (linguist school) will be so long, my career counselors want me to extend/reenlist. I am on my initial term. I have never recieved a bonus, but would like to. I was told I can't get one until I graduate the new mos. If I reenlist to meet the school requirements, will that hinder me from getting a bonus down the road? What about extending? Thanks for your help
First, I'm glad you received the schooling you wanted.
Just to clarify, your Career Counselor does not want you to extend/reenlist. Army Regulations require you to have enough time on your contract to meet a certain service remaining requirement (SRR). The Army gives you something and expects something in return.
If you are within 24-months from you ETS, you cannot extend. There are only a handful of reasons a Soldier can extend while in their reenlistment window (BEAR, promotion to SSG, etc...)
Regarding your bonus ... reenlistments don't effect bonuses, your time in service does. As long as you are under 6 years active service when you graduate your AIT, you can reenlist for an "A" Zone Bonus if one is available for your new MOS. If you're over 6 years (but under 10 years) you can reenlist for a "B" Zone bonus if one is available for your new MOS.
I hope this answers your questions; if not, let me know.
Question, I want to become a 97E, I'm in my reenlistment window but my CC wants me to extend. The reason I want to reenlist is because my unit leaves in June and i want it in contract that the schooling is a guarantee. If I extend, I leave with my unit and come back with less time I extended for, will the school still be a guarantee? What should I do? A lil advise?
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Why does your CC want you to extend? Is it so you can extend for MOS 97E through the BEAR Program?
The reason I ask is because there are not many reasons for a Soldier to extend while within 24 months of ETS. If it is for the BEAR program, Are you in an overstrength or Balanced MOS? Are you a SGT(P) or SSG? Do you Qualify for the MOS 97E?
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