Retention Brief

Retention Brief



111th Brigade Retention NCO
SSG Daniel Whelchel

111th Brigade Retention NCO
SGT Derek May

G-1 Retention NCO
SGT Shawna M Laity

93rd Brigade Retention NCO
SSG Philip E. Scott

93rd Brigade Retention NCO
SGT Christian Aguirre


  • Incentives: Reenlistment Bonus/ Student Loan Repayment Program
  • Education: ING, IVG, FTA and Montgomery GI Bill
  • Health/Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • TSP
  • Retirement
  • Additional Benefits
    • Free CCW license
    • Up to 2 Free license plates
    • Property tax reduction
    • Family Programs
  • Full Time Positions
    • AGR
    • Technician
    • Deployments
    • ADOS
    • State Active Duty

FY20 Incentives

Reenlistment Bonus (REB):

  • Must be DMOSQ, E7 or below and have less than 13 years and one month of service

Reenlistment Bonus for 6 years:

  • $20,000 : Paid in two 50/50 payments: 1st upon contract start date; 2nd on 4th year anniversary

Reenlistment Bonus for 4 years:

  • $10,000
  • Lump sum processed upon contract start and verification in GIMS

Reenlistment Bonus for 2 years:

  • $4,000
  • Lump sum processed upon contract start and verification in GIMS

GI Bill Kicker

  • Extra $350.00 per month for full time students
  • CAN combine the Bonus with the GI Bill Kicker or SLRP
  • Soldiers serving their initial six-year service obligation with the ARNG may extend for the Kicker after completing three years of service.

Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)

  • Must reenlist for 6 year term of service
  • Receive up to $50,000 in payments
    • 15% of disbursed loans or $500, whichever is greater
  • Must have less than 16 years of service at ETS
  • Loans and be added throughout contract up to $50,000

Other required qualifications:

  • REB/SLRP is only available for MTOE units or

Medical TDA

  • Individuals are not eligible for either incentive if they are coded as excess

Lump Sum Bonus

Effective 27 February 2020, the ARNG will offer a six (6) year $20,000 Obligor REB being paid lump sum to qualifying Enlisted Soldiers. These Soldiers must have an ETS date no greater than 30 September 2020 and have eight (8) or less years of service on the contract start date; all other REB eligibility criterion remains unchanged. The 20K Obligor REB incentive will expire on 30 September 2020 unless rescinded due to funding constraints


New Mexico National Guard State TA

Student Loan Repayment Program

Federal Tuition Assistance

Post 9/11 GI Bill

Transferability of Post 9/11 GI Bill

Montgomery GI Bill

Montgomery GI Bill Kicker

DANTES Testing Programs

Certification Programs

Free CLEP tests for Soldier and Spouse

Credentialing Assistance

More education not only increases your civilian pay, lowers your chances of being unemployed, but it also assists with enlisted / officer promotions.

Montgomery GI Bill (Chapters 1606, 1607, 30, and 33)

Chapter 1606: Select Reserve

Chapter 1607: REAP

Chapter 30: Active Duty GI Bill

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

(Transferable to dependents)

GI Bill Kicker: Supplement to the GI Bill

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)

Eligibility: After completion of AIT and SSD1

Covers up to $250 per semester hour for up to 16 semester hours per fiscal year Up to 139 semester hours total for a Bachelors up to 39 semester hours total for a Masters

No duplicate degrees permitted (even if self-funded)

– does not cover doctorate for more info and to apply

The NMARNG State Tuition Assistance

State TA provides financial assistance to NMARNG soldiers in support of their professional and personal self-development goals.

The maximum amount paid for State Tuition Assistance for NMARNG members is:

  • 100% Tuition up to $250 per semester hour, up to 16 semester hours annually
  • Up to $4,500 per year
  • Lifetime limit of 130 undergraduate semester hours

Credentialing Assistance (CA)

  • Provides Soldiers with funding for more than 1,600 credentials listed on
  • Provide Soldiers up to $4,000 each year to pay for an eligible credential

Health Insurance

TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS)

All current members eligible to enroll

*Qualifies for “The Affordable Healthcare Act”


Member only - $44.17/month

Member & Family - $228.27/month

(Rates as of 01Jan2020)

Dental Insurance


Member only - $28.85/month

Family: $86.55/month

Member and family: $103.86/month

(Rates as of 01Jan2020)

Health Coverage Comparison

  • 2019 U.S. average premium for employer-sponsored family coverage: $500+/month

*2019 Kaiser Family Foundation Employer Health Benefits Survey

Life Insurance

Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Up to $400,000 for $25.00 per month Fully Reimbursed by the State of New Mexico

(Rates effective 1Jul2019)

Family SGLI

  • Spouse: Up to $100,000 coverage not to exceed SMs and is age dependent fully Reimbursed by the State of New Mexico

Example: Spouse under 35 is $4.50 per month for $100,000

Children: $10,000 coverage (included at no cost if you buy spouse insurance)

SGLI & Family SGLI Info:

TSGLI: Traumatic Service members’ Group Life Insurance

Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (convert SGLI to VGLI within 1 year and 120 days from discharge)

(TSP) Thrift Savings Plan

Long-term savings and investment plan similar to a civilian employer 401(k) plan

TSP contributions are before taxes, referred to as“tax differed”

Roth TSP can also be used, therefore you are taxed as you contribute, but earnings are not taxed

Can contribute up to $19,000/year and $6,000 as catch-up contributions

Investments follow stock market indexes

Easy setup via

General Purpose and Residential loans available from your funds

For 2018, the average net fee was $0.40 per $1,000 invested.

Compare with Edward Jones, Charles Schwab, J.P. Morgan and other civilian entities

Learn more and watch your money grow at


Military Retirement System for Reserve Component Members

  • Qualification: Attain 20 years of service with at least 50 retirement points during each year
  • Receive retirement points for (1) each drill period, (1) each active duty day, (1) for every three hours of correspondence courses, (1) each Funeral and Honor duty day (15) reserve component membership points
  • More years of service, more points, and higher rank mean a BIGGER RETIREMENT!
  • NGB FORM 23B – Retirement Points Statement

An E7 retiring at 20 years, earning the minimum of 50 retirement points each year, will receive $334/month after the age of 60.

An E7 retiring at 20 years, earning the minimum of 78 retirement points each year and one mobilization (365 days), will receive $555/month after the age of 60 ($6660 a year)

**Calculations estimated using the MyArmyBenefits Calculator on Army Knowledge Online (AKO)



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Soldier and Family Programs

Soldier and Family Support Programs including the Soldier and Family Resource Center provide a wide variety of benefits for you and your Family that are difficult to summarize but here are some great examples:

  • Employment assistance including resume writing, job fair notification and direct placement for Soldier and Family members
  • Community based resources for childcare, monetary assistance, food banks, physical health needs and applying for State/Federal resources such as SNAP/Medicaid/TANF/LIHEAP
  • Complementary financial counseling from a Personal Financial Counselor (valued at over $500 a session from a civilian financial counselor)
  • Up to $3,000 in Emergency Assistance from the New Mexico National Guard and Family assistance fund for times when you experience extreme financial strain
  • Youth activities including Explora Museum, Youth Camp, Sweetheart Dance, Youth Symposium, quarterly retreats, 4H partnerships and Master Resiliency Training
  • Family connection events to build community relationships between military Families
  • Free counseling services through Military One Source and Military and Family Life Counselors

(Contact the Military OneSource call center to schedule a non-medical counseling session)

  • No cost tax preparation through Military One Source
  • Commissary and Exchange
  • Morale, Welfare and Recreation
    • Free Movies
    • Base activities
  • Travel on military aircraft (Space–A)
  • Commander email:
  • Facebook group:


Military OneSource


National Guard Employment Support Program and ESGR

National Guard Employment Support Program (

  • Provide employment opportunities and options to develop career-ready service members, prepared/resilient family members, and successfully transitioned members integrated with their community.
  • These services help to provide employment opportunities for National Guard members and their Families.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (

  • Provides direct assistance to members of the Reserve Components at their units during inactive duty training, and during mobilization and demobilization processing.
  • Bosslifts transport employers and supervisors to military training sites where they observe National Guard and Reserve members on duty as part of the Total Force.
  • Provides an informal forum in which employers, unit commanders, ESGR members, and community leaders meet to network and discuss issues that may arise from employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve.
  • The Ombudsman Services Program provides information, informal mediation, and referral service to resolve employer conflicts.

Officer Candidate School


CPT Jared Barreras


Officer Candidate School Prerequisites

ASVAB: Minimum GT score of 110 is required for enrollment into the OCS program. Soldier can schedule ASVAB retest through Education Office.

Medical: Must provide a Chapter 2 commissioning physical (DD 2807-1& DD 2808) within two years of anticipated commissioning date of Chapter 2 commissioning physical is older than one year from anticipated commissioning date, a Periodic Health Assessment must also be completed.

Security Clearance: Must attain a secret security clearance. This will be initiated through your recruiter or parent unit. Soldiers cannot ship to Phase 1 without this.

Age: Must commission prior to 42nd birthday.

Citizenship: Must be a U.S. or Nationalized Citizen.

APFT & Height/Weight: Must pass the Army Physical Fitness Test and meet height/weight requirements IAW AR 600-9and annotated on a DA Form 5500 or 5501 prior to attending Pre-OCS. Students will be retested and must pass both prior to shipping to Phase I.

Civilian Education: 90 Semester hours are required to attend Phase 1; must provide proof of college credit depicted on an official college transcript. Transcript cannot read, “Issued to student.”

Military Education: DD214 indicating successful completion of Initial Active Duty Training (IADT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT)

Self-Reporting: Each Soldier will complete the Self Reporting Screening Form NGIL 27-1, April 2015. If any offenses are reported, the Soldier must request and submit ALL court documents to have a waiver requested for them. ALL documents must be submitted with the OCS application / packet.

Warrant Officer School Prerequisites


WO1 Monica Marquez


Administrative Requirements - (A soldier must meet these nine Administrative Requirements before applying for the Warrant Officer Program)

  • US Citizenship (No Waivers)
  • General Technical (GT) score of 110 or higher (No Waivers)
  • FINAL Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance - Interim clearances will not satisfy the requirement!
  • Pass the standard 3-event Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and meet height/weight standards. APFT must be current and not older than six months by the time the applicant’s packet will be boarded.
  • Pass the commissioning physical for technical specialties or the Class 1 (warrant officer candidate) flight physical for Aviators.
  • All applicants must have 12 months remaining on their enlistment contract.
  • Active Federal Service (AFS): All applicants must have 12 years of AFS or less prior to their packet being boarded. Applicants must submit an AFS waiver request with the application if they have 12 or more years of AFS.
  • Age Requirements: For 153A (Aviation), 33rd birthday or less prior to their packet being boarded.
  • For all other WO MOS', 46th birthday or less prior to their packet being boarded.

Applicants must submit an Age waiver request with the application if they exceed the age requirements specified.