As many as 32K National Guard soldiers outside Calif. had bonuses reviewed

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In a September, 2010 file photo, members of the California National Guard stand in formation before undertaking operations on California's southern border. Jessica Inigo/California National Guard
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In a September, 2010 file photo, members of the California National Guard stand in formation before undertaking operations on California's southern border. Jessica Inigo/California National Guard

As many as 32K National Guard soldiers outside Calif. had bonuses reviewed

by: Travis J. Tritten | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 04, 2016

WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of Army National Guard soldiers outside of California also had their re-enlistment and education bonuses flagged for review, a step that could have led to recoupment of money in some cases, the National Guard Bureau said Thursday.

The National Guard estimates about 21,000-32,000 soldiers across the country had their payments flagged for review in 2010, about five years after the service began awarding the bonuses. A National Guard spokesman said Wednesday that the service did not track how state bureaus handled those cases – and whether the bureaus, such as the California National Guard, pursued repayments.

The estimate was made from incomplete data from state National Guard bureaus and does not indicate how many cases involved fraud or other reasons for review, such as a lack of proper paperwork or soldiers not fulfilling their agreement.

The Pentagon said it has not completed a review of bonus cases ordered by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and does not yet have accurate numbers to provide. It told Stars and Stripes that the pool of flagged bonus payments from 2010 was misleading and said the instances of fraud and reclamation of bonuses is likely “in the dozens.”

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