US Army offers largest recruiting bonus ever given to new recruits

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) — The U.S. Army is offering its biggest ever bonus to select new recruits, up to $50,000.

“We always want people who want to serve their country, who want to do it just because,” said Captain Anton Baker, commanding officer of the Charleston Recruiting Company. “Incentives are just the icing on the cake.”

The U.S. Army gives up to $50,000 to qualified individuals who sign up for a six-year active duty enlistment. It is a combination of incentives that would allow a recruit to reach the maximum of fifty thousand dollars. The total incentive package is based on the selected career field, qualifications, length of an enlistment contract, and ship date for training.

Previously, enlistment incentives for full-time soldiers could not exceed $40,000.

In addition to career-based bonuses, there are “fast sailing” bonuses for those who are ready to complete basic training within 90 days. These range from $2,000 to $9,000. Additionally, you might get more incentives for enrolling in Airborne or Ranger schools and for having foreign language skills.

Captain Baker said “recruitment hasn’t gone so well” during the pandemic. He says that due to vaccination mandates and army mask wearing, they are doing what they can to protect you.

“The pandemic has basically created the conditions where people are afraid, you know to look for opportunities because they want to be safe,” Baker said.

In addition to salary incentives, the military also offers recruits more votes in their duty station, as well as shorter enlistment. For example, one option is two years of active duty, followed by two years in the reserves.

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