Posted on Apr 25, 2019
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I know transferring would make sense but, I have a bonus coming and I need help finding the best option. If I do not move I’ll have to come back and forth but if I do I will lose my bonus right? Is there a way I can keep it? And what if he gets transferred again will I be facing the same problem? Please give me guidance
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1SG John Furr
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I'm assuming your bonus is an enlistment bonus correct? That enlistment bonus is one of three types:
Critical Skill (MOS)- As long as you transfer, and remain in the same MOS, your bonus will follow you.
Critical UIC (Unit)- This is used as an incentive to for hard to fill units, and you would likely lose the bonus if you transferred.
Or non-critical- The bonus is not attached to anything, and should follow you wherever you go.

You can find this on your enlistment documents in IPERMS.

Keep in mind, Payment of ALL bonuses require favorable APFT, HGT/WGT, and drill attendance. Also, if you receive a bonus disbursement, and then breach the contract (i.e. re classing out of your critical skill or UIC), they will recoup the bonus.

I've given you enough information to get some initial answers; however, please make your chain of command work for you and find out exactly how a transfer will impact you. You can also SUTA with a local unit until you get a transfer figured out, ask your chain of command about that as well.
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CSM Darieus ZaGara
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You need to speak directly to your unit. No one on this site can give you a one size fits all response. If your spouse remains I. The Army he will move again. You will be faced with this continually throughout, it is a dynamic that comes will dual service, active, guard or reserve component. It becomes more challenging the more senior you both become. I would say that you need to work through your bonus issue, but you have some long term review to do with your spouse. Good luck and thank you for your service.
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MAJ Javier Rivera
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CSM Darieus ZaGara is 100% correct! Now, based on your comment I take for granted your main concern is the monetary bonus. I’ll give you a few questions to help you focus. Is it worth the hassle? Does it make financial sense? Is the bonus so huge that it will make up for your headaches? Only you can answer this question.
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SFC George Smith
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Ask for a transfer to a like type or sister Unit
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