For at least the third time in eight months, the U.S. Army again has raised enlistment bonuses to all-time highs in an attempt to reverse a national recruitment shortage.
The Army currently is offering a $14,000 bonus for combat arms jobs (like infantry). This particular bonus was raised from $7,000 to $9,000 in August, then to $10,000 earlier this year before being raised to $14,000 late last week.
The Army also increased a bonus for three-year active duty recruits to $20,000. The bonus was more than doubled to $15,000 in August and then raised to $17,000 in February.
As financial incentives continue to climb, recruitment numbers continue to sag both locally and nationally.