I don't know about the AF, but my ex was Army and my dad's a Marine. When my ex enlisted, he was told his enlistment bonus wouldn't be paid until after BT or AIT and then only a percentage UNTIL his first enlistment was up.
My dad is a former Recruiter and a career Marine. His advice is: Get it in writing. If it's not spelled out exactly in his enlistment paperwork, they WILL find a way not to give it to him. Or what he does get will get FUBARed. Or postponed "indefinitely".
Don't trust anything the recruiter "tells" you unless it's in writing. Your recruiter could be mistaken or there could be a misunderstanding. (Or policy may change!) If it's verbal - its your word against his later and your recruiter will more than likely have a higher rank. If it's in writing, you may be able to get grandfathered - or at least, you'll have something to back up your statements.
at 7:53 PM on Sep. 9, 2009