Discover how you can cash in
The Guard pays well. But for civilians and Soldiers with skills and experience, we pay even better with incentives. Serve full-time now in certain jobs, and qualify for big cash.
First-time Soldiers can qualify for bonuses
Cash Bonus Jobs—Up to $20,000*
Certain high-demand jobs and critical specialties pay you a bonus up to $20,000 when you enlist in the military for the first time.* If you have the skills, or want to learn them, you can earn extra cash to work in one of these exciting and specialized positions. Contact your local recruiter to find out what jobs qualify.
Pay off student loans with the Student Loan Repayment Program
For Soldiers with existing student loans, the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) can pay up to $50,000* for certain jobs with a six- or eight-year enlistment serving as a member of a deployable unit. This incentive is also available to applicants entering Officer Candidate School (you must have at least 90 college credit hours and agree to an eight-year commitment). Your recruiter has complete details.
Prior Service Soldiers can earn extra cash
If you’ve served before (prior service), you could be eligible for additional incentives:
- Prior Service Enlistment Bonus (PSEB)—up to $20,000*
- For Soldiers who have been separated from the military and have a critical Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), you may be eligible for a bonus up to $20,000 when you enlist in the National Guard.
- Re-enlistment/Extension Bonus (REB)—up to $20,000*
- Soldiers who re-enlist or extend their current term of service may be offered an incentive, based upon term, critical skill (Cash Bonus Jobs) or unit of the Re-enlistment/Extension agreement. Incentive amounts vary, so contact your state Incentive Manager for details.
Healthcare Professionals qualify for additional incentives.
For Medical Professional Officers:
- Up to $75,000 Special Pay (bonus) for many healthcare specialties
- Up to $120,000* healthcare professional loan repayments
- Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit each year—funding up to $2,500
For Medical Students:
- Stipends and Pay for Students in Medical Professional Programs
*Note: Bonuses may vary according to the Washington National Guard's needs. Dollar amounts shown here are not guarantees, as Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. For the latest information, please contact your local recruiter.