Some master sergeants and senior master sergeants in the explosive ordnance disposal career field are now eligible for a critical skills retention bonus worth between $30,000 and $75,000, the Air Force Personnel Center said Friday.

To be eligible for the bonus, those senior noncommissioned officers must re-enlist on or after May 13, 2015. They also must have at least 20 years of service, but no more than 22 years of service.

Master sergeants who re-enlist under this program will automatically get a high year tenure waiver, and have their tenure adjusted to the maximum-allowed 25 years.

The bonuses could be payable in a lump sum or in periodic installments, AFPC said.

The EOD career field's Air Force Specialty Code is 3E8X1.

Stephen Losey is the air warfare reporter for Defense News. He previously covered leadership and personnel issues at Air Force Times, and the Pentagon, special operations and air warfare at He has traveled to the Middle East to cover U.S. Air Force operations.

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