Alongside the rest of the U.S. military, the Army is growing. President Donald Trump made a larger military one of his main defense positions while campaigning, and now the pressure is on for recruiters to meet their quotas. That translates to huge bonuses and aggressive recruitment methods.
The new approach follows in the wake of an unsatisfactory 2018. In Fiscal Year 2018, the Army fell short of its recruitment goals, attracting 69,972 new soldiers out its 76,500 goal (91.47 percent). The goal for Fiscal Year 2019 is an active duty force of 478,000.
Some of the more lucrative jobs in the Army are artillery, intelligence, and logistics, which have a $15,000 enlistment bonus. The intel field has additional re-enlistment bonuses that range from $17,600 to $72,000, depending on unit and rank, but these jobs and numbers fluctuate depending on Army needs.
“The Army continues to review the enlistment bonus program monthly and adjust when needed to enlist quality recruits for critical skill military occupational specialties,” said Lt. Col. Emanuel Ortiz-Cruz, an Army spokesman, in an interview with Army Times. “Reenlistment bonuses are reviewed quarterly to support projected critical MOS and skill gaps and shortfalls. Both of these bonus programs are crucial to ensuring we can man Army units.”