Posted by: Tony Carson | 27 August, 2007

The US Army’s ‘Quick Ship’ Bonus of 20 grand

Wow, talk about an army of mercenaries. The US military is not just a ‘get out of jail’ card, as many have complained, it is become the fast track to the middle class.

More than 90 percent of the Army’s new recruits since late July have accepted a $20,000 “quick ship” bonus to leave for basic combat training by the end of September, putting thousands of Americans into uniform almost immediately.

Many recruits who take the bonus — scoring in many cases the equivalent of more than a year’s pay — leave their homes within days, recruiters said. The initiative is part of an effort by Army officials to meet year-end recruiting goals after a two-month slump earlier this year. With the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the Army hopes the extra cash motivates those interested in joining or entices those just considering enlisting.

The full story is at the Washington Post entitled Many Take Army’s ‘Quick Ship’ Bonus.

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