ARLINGTON, Va. – The Army has expanded its Critical Skills Retention Bonus to include more cryptolinguists.

The CSRB program targets Military Occupational Specialties that are in high demand or don’t have a lot of people, said Sgt. Maj. Dean Drummond, Army senior career counselor.

The changes areeffective March 13.

Award levels range from $10,000 to $150,000, based on a soldier’s MOS, rank and time on active duty,an Armywidemessage said.

One change targets E-7 cryptolinguists with 17 to 20 years’ active-duty service, Drummond said.

Previously, the program offered a bonus just to cryptolinguists who spoke modern Arabic, he said.

Now, it has been expanded to cryptolinguists who speak the following:

ArabicArabic LebaneseArabic used in and around the Persian GulfPashtoPashto/AfghanPeshwari/PashtoPersian FarsiChinese MandarinRussianSoldiers can receive $50,000 to re-enlist for four years, $75,000 for five years and $100,000 for six years, according to the message.

Under the new criteria, cryptolinguists are no longer eligible for two- and three-year re-enlistment bonuses because the Army has decided it needs them for longer periods of time, Drummond said.

Drummond said the Army has also dropped the following MOSs from the bonus programdue to sufficientmanning:

35F, intelligence analyst, for E-7 soldiers with 19 to 21 years’ active-duty service.35M, human intelligence collectors, for E-6 soldiers with six to 13 years’ active-duty service and E-7 soldiers with 14 to 21 years’ active-duty service.79R, recruiters, for E-7 soldiers with 19 to 23 years of active-duty service.88M, motor transport operators, for E-7 soldiers with 19 to 21 years’ active-duty service.The Army is also requiring that 25S SATCOM system operators/maintainers who have served on active for 19 to 21 years must re-enlist for at least four years to be eligible for a bonus.

And the Army has ended a bonus for E-9 Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists with between 19 and 23 years of active-duty service sergeants major have already committed to a career in the Army, Drummond said.

Since October, 251 soldiers have taken a bonus offered by the program, he said.

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