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MILPER Message Number 17-109
1. This message is effective on 29 March 2017 and will expire no later than 29
March 2018.

2. This message announces the reinstatement of the Military Occupational
Specialty Conversion Bonus (MOS-CB) program for Regular Army Soldiers and
will be brought to the immediate attention of all commanders, reenlistment offices
and recruiters.

3. The objective of this program is to attract highly qualified Soldiers in the rank of
staff sergeant (SSG) and below, who are serving in an over-strength or balanced
military occupational specialty (MOS), to migrate into a shortage MOS. Soldiers
who are approved for this program are eligible to receive a lump sum bonus upon
completion of training and awarding of the new MOS as listed in paragraph 8.  
Soldiers who are awarded the new MOS with additional skill identifier (ASI) of “4A”
or “4B”, meaning reclassification training is required, are not eligible to receive this
bonus until the Soldier has graduated training and the ASI of “4A” or “4B” is

4. Soldiers who volunteer for this program must meet the following requirements:

a. Be a SSG (non-promotable) or below with no more than 12 years of total service
at time of approved reclassification.

b. Have completed all obligated service incurred for receipt of an enlistment bonus
(EB), selective retention bonus (SRB) (to include those who extended for the bonus
extension incentive (BEI)), or written bonus agreement (WBA) upon award of the
new MOS, or incur a debt equal to the unearned portion.

c. Meet all qualifications for requested MOS.

d. Agree to serve in the new MOS for a minimum of 36 continuous months upon
award of the new MOS.

5. Eligibility for the MOS-CB is based on the date reclassification is approved and
the rank held on that date. If the Soldier is subsequently promoted or the bonus is
later changed, the Soldier will retain eligibility for the MOS-CB entitlement in effect
at the time the request for reclassification was approved. As an exception, Soldiers
reclassifying to an MOS listed in paragraph 8, that is also included in the Special
MOS Alignment Promotion Program (SMAPP) as of the date of reclassification
approval, are eligible for the MOS-CB based on the grade to which they are
promoted upon course completion. Verification of the reclassification approval
date for the conversion MOS can be found in the RETAIN system.

6. Soldiers eligible for the MOS-CB program will have 90 days from completion of
training or reclassification approval date (if no training is required) to apply.

Soldiers applying for MOS 79R will not use attendance to the “Center Commanders
Course” as a reason for late submission as it is not the MOS producing portion of
the 79R course.

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