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maxrandb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 03:45 PM
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29. Could someone with a little bit of knowledge in how this works
make a comment?

If you look at the article, and specifically, if you look at the attachment from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), you will see that this IS NOT A it Recoupment of "unearned" portion of your enlistment/reenlistment BONUS!.

Again, this is not a bill, and it happens all the time. In the Navy, for example, a person signs a 6 year contract for the Nuclear Propulsion field. They are paid, in some cases, as much as a $60K bonus, payable 1/2 at time of enlistment/commission, and then an annual installment. If said person only fulfills 2 years of their contract, FOR ANY REASON OTHER THAN LINE OF DUTY INJURY, they are required to pay back a portion of their bonus.

Pilots are a similar case. They receive up to $125K when they make O4 as long as they agree to serve 5 more years.

The military in this case is simply asking for a "pro-rated" recoupment of the bonus they gave him. It's a pretty rigid formula. If the military pays you a $60K bonus for a 6 year contract, but you only fulfill 27 months of that contract, they want some of it back.
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