returning a bonus if appointed?

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  1. ochoac2

    ochoac2 Member

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    I ship to bct on June 6th and then will attend dli then AIT at goodfellow for 35p mos. I'm a highschool senior Who is DEP and who has applied to WP and did not win my moc slate. I doubt I'll get in from the NWL ( I am a minority and a first gen college student, however). If I receive all or part of my 15k bonus for that mos , do I have to return it if I get appointed next year (I plan on reapplying) ? It's not a problem if I do, I'm just wondering. Also, is it harder or easier to get in as prior enlisted at DLI. Given that it is an academic environment. Thank you.

    Ps I understand enlisting is completely different than officership
    I understand I have to fulfill my contract if I dont get accepted ( I dont mind!)
    I understand there are alternative millitary academies and ROTC
     
  2. ochoac2

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    Read your bonus contract (that small print piece). Often, the bonus is not recouped if you leave service to accept a commission. Also, you can ask your recruiter...but best bet is to read the contract from top to bottom (again).


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  4. InHocSignoVinces

    InHocSignoVinces USMA Appointee C/O 2017

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    I received an appointment as an AD soldier and, like you, had a bonus as well. The way my payout was structured, I received half upfront and then had a few payments every six months until the entirety of my bonus was distributed. I received half approximately 4 months before I reported to West Point and I didn't owe any back. The Academy's S1 will ask you to meet with them to review your bonus/contract - but TO MY KNOWLEDGE - no prior has had any monies recouped.


    I just saw your last question and I'll do my best to answer. I can't comment on the implications of having the DLI on your resume, but being a prior is a whole different beast. When you reapply, you will be in a completely different applicant pool. I don't believe that my statistics would have gotten me in as a high schooler. I went to a civilian college and then enlisted after some time there. If you were competitive as a high schooler, and you have a really convincing commander's nomination, then your chances, I would say, are better than before.
     
  5. ochoac2

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    InHoc , thanks for your insight. I obviously won't touch the bonus until I know for sure. I'm a competitive high schooler right now. However, I don't think I'm competitive enough for the NWL. Ill probably end up QNS.

    Is there any hints to getting your endorsement besides being the best soldier you can be?
     

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