Army giving recruiters $6,000 bonus, offering former recruiters ability to come back

As part of a mass enlistment ceremony, Future Soldiers from the Phoenix Recruiting Battalion recite the oath of enlistment, Aug. 26, Chase Field, Phoenix, prior to a Major League Baseball Game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners. (Photo by Mike Scheck, USAREC Public Affairs)

After the Army missed its recruiting goals this year, it is taking steps to try to meet them next year.

This involves offering a substantial monthly bonus to soldiers willing to extend their recruiting duty by a year.

According to Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Guden, Training and Doctrine Command’s top enlisted soldier, the Army is planning to bring back special duty assignment pay.

“We’re going to reach into those folks, and we’re going to ask them if they want to stay on for an additional year if they have been successful,” he said of recruiters selected by the Department of the Army.

The special duty pay would be $500 a month for current recruiters to extend for a year and $375 for station commanders, Guden told the Army Times.

The Army is also giving former recruiters the opportunity to immediately PCS to a recruiting job if they served as a recruiter in the past three years.  Those that have had longer than three years still have the opportunity but they will be required to go through a refresher training at Fort Knox.

The Army says it was short of its goal by 6,500 soldiers because its recruiting force is short by hundreds.

Soldiers who are interested should be looking out from an “SMA Sends” email from Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey that will contain the details of the initiative in an in a week or so.

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