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Army handing out $40K bonuses in an effort to recruit

WASHINGTON - The Army is handing out bonuses of up to $40,000 for people who join the infantry as a way to try to meet its 2019 recruitment goal.

According to, last year the Army fell short of its recruiting goal by 6,500 recruits and this year it hopes the bonuses will attract more recruits to combat-arms positions.

By the end of the fiscal year, the Army's goal is to add 68,000 new active-duty recruits.

Recruits who select the infantry military occupation specialty could receive a bonus of up to $40,000 depending on the length of their initial contract and when they leave for basic training.

The recruit would also need to sign up for a six-year commitment in order to receive the maximum $40,000 bonus.

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