Army no longer offering an infantry bonus but big giving bonuses for Rangers

A U.S. Army Ranger assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment (left) and an Italian Army Ranger assigned to 4th Alpini Regiment conduct a map check during the Joint Warfighter Assessment at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, April 25, 2018. Photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek

Everyone knows the old running cadence, “I Wanna Be An Airborne Ranger,” but do you actually want to be one?

If the answer is “yes,” you’re in luck- the Army is paying beaucoup bucks for new recruits and trainees.

With the 75th Ranger Regiment becoming a “go-to” force for American commanders all over the world, the organization could use a little room for expansion.

“The 75th Ranger Regiment is currently experiencing a period of unprecedented growth in size, capability, and increased employment as the Special Operations force of choice. Due to this growth, positions in most MOS’s have increased,” the regiment said on their recruiting page. “The 75th Ranger Regiment is continuously looking for energetic and highly motivated individuals to fill its ranks.”

According to the Army Times, the bonus for new recruits and rookie Soldiers already in the infantry training pipeline are eligible for a $10,000 bonus if they sign on from OSUT (One Station Unit Training) or get a Ranger contract before going into the service.

With the Army’s numbers suffering from retention woes, the need for personnel across the entire branch has become so dire that the Army is willing to pay a lot of money to get individuals to sign on. From Infantry to Civil Affairs, varying opportunities are being padded with cash bonuses in order to draw new recruits.

In addition to bonuses for enlisting, a “ship out in a month” bonus of $16,000 is available, as well as a two-year enlistment which entitles you to 80% of the GI Bill education benefit.

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