The Military has seen a decline in new recruits lately and the Army has decided to do something about it. Now, the Army is offering a bonus of $20,000 for new recruits, hoping to reach 80,000 new recruits by the end of 2007.
The Army states that this is the largest bonus they have ever given, having previously given out bonuses of 10,000 in March and 15,000, but never have they given a bonus of this magnitude before.
The bonus does come with a stipulation however. You see normally when a man or woman enlists in the army, they usually wait about 40 days before they are sent overseas for combat. With the $20,000 bonus, they may be sent to combat immediately (after completing basic and their advanced training). The new bonus program was initiated on July 6th and has already caused a surge in recruits. So far, 6,200 new enlistees have accepted the offer. When a new soldier finishes basic training, they will receive fifty percent of their bonus, the rest of the bonus is received after they have completed all of their training and have begun their active duty.
The $20,000 bonus doesnâ€™t replace other benefits such as the G.I. Bill; the enlistee is still eligible for the college tuition money as well as their other benefits. For those who are considering enlisting, the bonus has been a huge incentive. In fact, the bonus is more than most young adults who are enlisting have ever made before. The bonus comes at a time where many people are hoping that troops will begin to pull out from Iraq.
The war has been undergoing intense scrutiny as people (particularly Democrats); are calling for an end to the war, however the President has pledged to stay on course and this means that we need more recruits.
How do you feel about the bonus? Do you think it is a good incentive, or do you think it is an unfair tactic being used by the government to sway young adults into joining the military? Also, do you think itâ€™s worth it? Would you be tempted to join the Army for a $20,000 bonus?
Many people have already voiced their opinions that they donâ€™t think the $20,000 bonus is a good idea. However, the new recruits donâ€™t seem to agree. Analysts expect that by the end of September, the army should reach their goals for new recruits.
The Quick Ship program means that you will leave for basic training within one month, and you may serve in combat within four months of your initial enrollment date. It doesnâ€™t seem to bother many of the new recruits, however. They seem to be very excited about the $20,000 and they donâ€™t seem to have any problems with the Quick Ship rules or policies. If you are interested in finding out more about the Quick Ship program or would like more information regarding the $20,000 bonus, you may want to contact one of your local recruiters for further information.