There is a shortage of soldiers in the US and they offer US $ 50,000 to each one who enlists

The United States Army is offering for the first time a maximum bonus of $50,000 by enlistment to highly qualified recruits who join by six years, as found out Associated Press, at a time when officers are struggling to attract soldiers to certain crucial jobs during the pandemic.

Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen, chief of the Army Recruiting Command, said last year’s school closures and competitive job market have posed considerable challenges for recruiters.

So with the toughest recruiting months of the year looming ahead, the Army is hoping that some extra money and a few more changes will encourage qualified young people to enlist.


For the first time in history the US Army is offering the bonus (EFE).

«We’re still living through the implications of 2020 and the rise of COVID, when school systems pretty much shut down,» Vereen said. «We lost an entire class of young men and women with whom we did not have face-to-face contact».

Two years into the pandemic have made recruiting at schools and public events more difficult, and the competition for quality workers has intensified as young people weigh their options.

Some, Vereen said, are taking what he calls a gap year, «and deciding they don’t necessarily need to work right now.»

They need about 60,000 soldiers

The annual recruiting goal fluctuates, as soldiers who are on duty decide whether to re-enlist or leave. Over the past two years, amid the ravages of the pandemic, many have decided to stay, taking pressure off recruiting to keep the Army’s full force in 485,000 troops.

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Last year’s recruiting goal was 57,500, and Vereen noted that this year the amount will be more or less the same.

To attract recruits, those who enroll for six years in one of the most in-demand careers can receive bonuses of up to $ 50,000. Due to the high level of demand, many will find it difficult to qualify for the highest bonus.

The final figure depends on when they agree to undertake the training, whether they already possess critical skills, and whether they choose positions in aerial sectors or on the ground.

To attract recruits, those who enroll for six years in one of the most in-demand careers can receive bonuses of up to $ 50,000.

To attract recruits, those who enroll for six years in one of the most in-demand careers can receive bonuses of up to $ 50,000.

Certain careers (such as missile defense crew, special forces, and signal intelligence and fire control specialists coordinating weapons operations on the battlefield) tend to receive the highest bonuses.

But other crucial jobs include infantry, intelligence analyst, combat medical specialist, military police, combat engineer, and several more.

The recruitment goal is 57,500 soldiers (AFP).

The recruitment goal is 57,500 soldiers (AFP).

And the bonuses in those positions could change each month, based on available positions in training and other service needs.

Until now, the Army had offered a maximum bonus of $40,000.

AP Agency.

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