90 Miles From Tyranny : Desperate For More Recruits, Army Offers $50,000 Signing Bonus

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Desperate For More Recruits, Army Offers $50,000 Signing Bonus

So... Demonizing White People, Patriotic Americans, Straight Males, Christians, And Trump Supporters Reduces Military Recruitment?? Who Would Have Thunk It??

Two years into the pandemic, and now with Department of Defense-wide vaccine mandates threatening early discharge for all troops not in compliance, the US Army is struggling to meet its enlistment quotas, especially for jobs deemed "critical" and highly skilled, for which the military typically spends a lot - sometimes millions - for training.

To lure new recruits, the Army is rolling out with its maximum enlistment bonus of $50,000 - to be offered on a broader scale for all "highly skilled" recruits who agree to sign a six year contract, according to the Associated Press.

Aside from the likelihood that many young people are surely turned off to the prospect of enduring already rigorous boot camp and training in a mask and other social distancing practices, military recruiters say they had a tough past couple years during rolling school closures and restricted campuses, due to pandemic shutdowns and distance learning.

Covid testing protocol, image: US Army

In addition, youth sporting events are typically places where recruiters are present, but these have also been sporadically halted. Recruiters say the current spike in the Omicron variant is also playing a role in keeping interested people away, and increasing numbers of 18- or 19-year-olds are opting to take a 'gap year' off before they decide on either college or military service.

"We are still living the implications of 2020 and the onset of COVID, when the school systems basically shut down," the chief of Army Recruiting Command, Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen, told AP. "We lost a full class of young men and women that we didn’t have contact with, face-to-face."

"We’re in a competitive market," Vereen added. "How we incentivize is absolutely essential, and that is absolutely something that we know that is important to trying to get somebody to come and join the military." Up to this point, the maximum the Army offered for the top jobs which are highly skilled has been $40,000. But not everyone qualifies for the top-tier bonuses. Among careers that can come with the big signing bonus on a six-year contract include:
  • Signals intelligence analyst
  • Special Forces units
  • Fire control specialists overseeing advanced weapons
  • Cryptologic Linguist
  • Human intelligence collector
Many of the above, particularly special forces and intel-related positions, also including highly technical jobs, require special tests and successful passage of special training programs.

The report indicates that February through May typically see the lowest numbers of the year in terms of attracting new recruits, even in pre-pandemic times. The Army being able to advertise a full...

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Clinker said...

Won't it be a shock when they find that the recruits they want are almost exclusively christian white males from flyover america?

Don in Oregon said...

One factor that led to the fall of the Roman Empire was when they granted citizenship to foreigners in exchange for military service.

Get ready to see that here.

Bear Claw Chris Lapp said...

They have been doing that for awhile Don. Look closely at the picture with the officer placing the thermometer in the troops mouth. What you see there is the previous IQ reduction of our armed forces. Just think how bad it's going to get going forward.

Paul V said...

Every time I see a picture of Austin with his face shield and the huge medallion it reminds me of on of those worthless dictators in Africa and all the bling they put on. And he's acting like a dictator also.

Scruff said...

That was happening in the late 70’s when I was in. I also served with guys that a judge gave a choice to, armed forces or jail.