The U.S. Army has reportedly increased its largest recruiting bonus by 25 percent to help overcome pandemic-related disruptions and recruit amid fierce competition for key positions.
The maximum bonus has been increased from $ 40,000 to $ 50,000, reported the Associated Press on January 12, citing the head of the US Army Recruiting Command. Only qualified recruits who commit themselves for six years in certain areas that are in high demand are eligible for the maximum bonus.
Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen told the news agency that the COVID-19 lockdowns had disrupted recruitment efforts in schools and other public places. The US Army is now in tough competition with other employers for the most sought-after new employees. The major general stated:
“We are still witnessing the effects of 2020 and the COVID outbreak when school systems basically closed. We lost an entire class of young men and women with whom we had no face-to-face contact.”
Vereen did not name the positions for which qualified recruits can receive the maximum bonus. Positions in niche areas like special forces and missile defense can often come with high rewards, according to the AP, but the target spots for the highest payouts may change from month to month as the army’s hiring needs fluctuate. Vereen continues:
“We’re in a competitive market. The way we incentivize is absolutely critical. And we know the importance of motivating someone to sign up for the military. First and foremost, we want the value of the To promote service to one’s own country. But we also know that in this generation and in human nature, it is also about remuneration. “
U.S. Army recruitment awards totaled more than $ 233 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021, down from a record high of more than $ 485 million in 2018 as the largest U.S. -Military division did not achieve its hiring target. The 16,500 new hires that were linked with a hiring bonus in the past year were paid an average of more than 14,000 US dollars.
According to Vereen, this year’s recruitment target will be roughly as high as the target of 57,500 for 2021. The military’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate could also be a factor in new hires: there were still no more than 10,000 US soldiers last month vaccinated, and US Army Secretary Christine Wormuth warnedthat those who continued to refuse to be vaccinated face dismissal.
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