As part of a mass enlistment ceremony, Army recruits from the Phoenix Recruiting Battalion recite the oath of enlistment, Aug. 26, 2018, Chase Field, Phoenix. The Army came up short in 2018 of meeting its recruiting goal of enlisting 76,500 soldiers. By the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30, the Army’s goal is to add 68,000 new active-duty recruits. (MIKE SCHECK/U.S. ARMY PHOTO)
As part of a mass enlistment ceremony, Army recruits from the Phoenix Recruiting Battalion recite the oath of enlistment, Aug. 26, 2018, Chase Field, Phoenix. The Army came up short in 2018 of meeting its recruiting goal of enlisting 76,500 soldiers. By the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30, the Army’s goal is to add 68,000 new active-duty recruits. (MIKE SCHECK/U.S. ARMY PHOTO)

Army looks to recruit more infantry soldiers with bonuses up to $40,000

by Caitlin M. Keney
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The Army is handing out bonuses up to $40,000 for people who join the infantry as the military’s largest branch works to meet its 2019 recruitment goal with only months left in the fiscal year.

Army leaders believe the bonuses will help them increase the size of the service’s force and attract more recruits to combat-arms positions, said Kelli Bland, the public affairs director for U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Ky.

Last year, the Army fell short of its recruiting goal of 76,500 by about 6,500 recruits, the first time it missed its year-end goal in 13 years. By the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30, the Army’s goal is to add 68,000 new active-duty recruits, according to Bland.

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