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US military offers $50,000 to new army recruits, says, ‘we’re in a competitive market’

US military offers $50,000 to new army recruits, says, 'we're in a competitive market'

 

The Pentagon says it is now offering a $50,000 maximum enlistment bonus to new recruits who sign up for six years in the US army.

The US military which made this known said it has increased its enlistment bonus to $50, 000 to battle recruiting issues, saying the military business of the world is a ‘competitive’ job market.

‘We’re in a competitive market’ – US military says as it offers $50,000 to new recruits who want to join the army

US Army recruiters have reportedly been struggling to meet quotas during the pandemic plus reduction in the number of high school and college students that join the military.

For the first time the bonus has reached $50,000 and a 25% increase on the previous max bonus of $40,000. In 2021, new recruits’ average bonus was $14,000.

Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen, head of Army Recruiting Command, told the Associated Press.  “We are still living the implications of 2020 and the onset of COVID, when the school systems basically shut down.

“We lost a full class of young men and women that we didn’t have contact with face-to-face.”

According to the army, some careers, including missile defense crew, Special Forces, signals intelligence and fire control specialists, provide a better chance at receiving the full $50k than others, but the bonuses are based on a number of different factors.

“We’re in a competitive market. How we incentivize is absolutely essential, ”Vereen said.

Brig. Gen. John Cushing, who serves under Vereen, averred that the increased bonuses would only be eligible to people who enrolled during the fallow period. Fallow period is between February and May when army recruiting is usually low due to dew people graduating from school.

“It is certainly a weapon that we have in our arsenal. And I think we’ve used it effectively,”  Cushing said.

The US Army is said to have also taken other measures to lure recruits. In 2021 it increased the option to enlist for two years, expanding it to 84 different career fields. In addition, some of the new troops will have the option of choosing where they’ll be assigned.

“We want to promote the value of serving your country first. But we also know that, this generation and I guess human nature, you know, it’s all about compensation, too,” Vereen said.

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