(The name of the solider was removed from the article at their request)
A US Army recruit in Maryland received a massive slew of bonuses earlier this year- by choosing to do laundry for a living.
Specialist XXXXXX enlisted into the US Army Reserves on August 13, entering the military as a Shower/Laundry and Clothing Repair Specialist (MOS 92S).
Enlisting out of Gaithersburg, XXXXX was offered an astounding number of benefits, to include a large sum of money, student loan repayment, and even additional educational benefits.
In what appears to be a now-deleted post by the US Army Recruiting Center at Gaithersburg, XXXXX enlisted with a “$20K bonus, 50K Student Loan Repayment, and a $350 monthly GI Bill Kicker, on top of the Montgomery GI Bill.”
A screenshot of the August post continues to make its rounds on the internet, sparking curiosity -and even ire- over how someone can get so many benefits “just to do laundry and sew on buttons” as a part-time soldier.
According to the US Army, those in the 92S MOS “are primarily responsible for supervising and performing laundry, shower, personnel, and clothing decontamination functions.” Their duties include operating laundry, light-duty sewing machines, providing alterations and other duties.
Job training for a Shower/laundry and clothing repair specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and eight weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions. The position requires an ASVAB aptitude test score of 84.
Attempts were made to reach out to the Gaithersburg Recruiting Center, who directed all inquiries to their parent unit’s Public Affairs Office. The PAO has yet to comment on the matter.
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