In light of tough recruiting prospects, the USAF has begun offering new incentives, from financial bonuses to “quick ship” rollouts of recruits.
Six skills have been identified as being added to the FY2022 Initial Enlistment Bonus Program.
The skills have been tied to four and six-year contracts in hard-to-fill job specialties.
According to the USAF, an additional incentive called “Quick Ship” will also be offered from April to September, resulting in an $8k bonus for many who meet requirements.
“Quick Ship” is classified as when an already fully-qualified applicant fills a short-notice Basic Military Training Vacancy, shipping out within five days or less.
“As we roll up our sleeves in the battle for talent, we’ve got to remain competitive as we go after our next generation of Airmen,” said Maj. Gen. Ed Thomas, Air Force Recruiting Service commander. “While we’ve got an unmatched value proposition we also have a record-high level of competition for America’s best and brightest.”
Cyber and Special Warfare fields have pretty substantial bonuses, with the latter already eligible for up to $50,000 upon entering active duty.
The following is the complete list that went into effect as of April 11, 2022:
|CURRENT AFSCs||6-YR Bonus||4-YR Bonus|
|1D731R||Radio Frequency Transmission Systems||$6,000||$3,000|
|2A534||Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance||$6,000||$3,000|
|2A632||Aerospace Ground Equipment||$6,000||$3,000|
|2W131||Aircraft Armament Systems||$6,000||$3,000|
|3D0X2||Cyber Sys. Ops.||$12,000-$20,000||N/A|
|3D1X2||Cyber Transport Systems||$12,000-$20,000||N/A|
|9T500||Special Warfare Operator Enlistment||$50,000||N/A|
|9TMAGE||Any Mechanical or Electrical Aptitude Area||$6,000||$3,000|
|AFRSQUICK SHIP||Any AFSC||$8,000||$8,000|
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