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If you enlist on active duty, you'll have to sign two enlistment contracts. The first one places you in the Delayed Enlistment Program (DEP). The DEP is the inactive reserves (inactive reserve members do not perform weekend drills, such as active members of the Reserves, nor do they receive any pay; however, they can be called to active duty in times of emergency).
When your time in the DEP is over, and it is time to move onto active duty and ship out to basic training, you are discharged from the inactive reserves and sign a new enlistment contract to enlist on active duty. This contract determines your bonuses, initial commitment, job training guarantees and other incentives; make sure it's right.
The second contract will be signed on the day the person goes to MEPS to ship out to basic training. The contract that actually counts is this final contract. It does not matter if your advanced rank, enlistment bonus, college fund, college loan repayment program, etc., are not included in the first contract. However, you need to make sure all of your desired incentives are included in the final active duty contract (if your enlistment program/job choice entitles you to those incentives).
If you were promised an enlistment bonus, it needs to be in the final active duty contract, or chances are you'll never see that bonus. Once you get out of basic training and job training and go to the personnel office at your first base, they're not going to acknowledge what anyone promised you, they will only care about what is in the enlistment contract.
Contracts to supply a given country's military are awarded by the government, making arms contracts of substantial political importance. The link between politics and the arms trade can result in the development of what President Dwight D. Eisenhower described as a military-industrial-congressional complex, where the commerce, armed forces, and politics become closely linked. The European defense procurement is more or less similar to the U.S. military-industrial complex.
Various corporations, some publicly held, others private, bid for these contracts, which are often worth billions of dollars. Sometimes, such as the contract for the new Joint Strike Fighter, a competitive tendering process takes place, where the decision is made on the merits of the design submitted by the companies involved. Other times, no bidding or competition takes place.
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