U.S. Army raises bonus cap for recruits to $50,000 amid COVID challenges

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The US military has raised the bonus limit for recruits to $50,000 for the first time, a spokesman told Nerdshala on Wednesday.

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Why this matters: The pandemic and labor market challenges have negatively affected recruitment over the years. The aim of the new incentive is to attract as many people as possible into the army ranks amidst uncertain variables.

Description: Until now, recruits could receive a maximum bonus of $40,000. According to the spokesperson, the new package will be based on a combination of incentives offered for the selected career field, individual qualifications, length of the recruitment contract and the ship date for training.

  • “There are select occupations the military needs to fill now or is difficult to fill because of specific qualifications,” said Brian McGovern, deputy public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, “career-based incentives range from $1,000 to $40,000.” a statement.
  • These range from infantry and special forces to radar repairmen, signal support systems specialists and truck drivers.

What are they saying: “We are still living the implications of 2020 and the start of COVID, when school systems were basically shut down,” said Major General Kevin Wren, chief of the Army Recruiting Command. told AP,

  • “We are in a competitive market,” Viren said. “How we encourage is absolutely essential, and it’s absolutely something we know is important for someone trying to get into the military and join the military.”


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