Pentagon Considers Raising Max $40,000 bonus to $250,000 for Infantrymen

It’s no secret that the military needs a bit of a revamping. There seems to be nothing but a bunch of overweight, entitled recruits lining up to say, “I do” to the United States Military. Apparently, the revamping is being considered for Army Infantry—nothing to do with being overindulging entitled brats, necessarily. But, one recommendation is a minimum age of 26, this way they come in with a little life experience—as much as you can get in 26 years prior to military service.

U.S. Army First Sgt. Daniel Moss, assigned to the 25th Infantry Division Lightning Academy, performs cold-load training to Rangers from Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, before the start of waterborne training at Bellows Air Force Station, Hawaii, Nov. 14, 2018. Lightning Academy waterborne operations off the coast of Hawaii offers a unique training environment and partnership opportunity for United States Army Special Operations Forces and the 25th Infantry Division. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Ryan DeBooy)

And what might someone with a whopping 26 years of life under their belt get for joining the infantry? A $60,000 annual salary and a $250,000 bonus; sign me up! Luckily there’s more to it than a giant paycheck, there’s also going to be more skills required in the hopes of making these new Infantrymen more ranger like, that is if this plan ever takes off.

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“There is truth in this fact that we have not paid great attention to this idea of specially selecting people and incentivizing infantrymen and giving them the right skills,” retired Army Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr told the “I think we can do a lot better in the Army… about getting the right people into these positions.”

Of course, not everyone is on board with this new recruiting technique, that would potentially involve being brought on as an E-4 or E-5 and retirement after 13 years of service with half-pay.

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“The question that I think the Army has got to grapple with is … is this a cost-effective use of Army dollars,” said Dougherty, who served in the 75th Ranger Regiment in the late 1990s.
“I don’t think that we are headed into a period where … you are likely to see heavy investment in light infantry.”

The big question here is, where is money going to be cut from to provide these high salaries and bonuses? Where will qualifying individuals be found if fitness standards and age limit are raised? And how will recruiting actually go, especially since the Army is already failing to meet recruiting quotas?

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“What are the tradeoffs? Do we really want to do this? Do we really want to spend what is likely several billions of dollars in order to do this for our forces?” Dougherty asked.


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  1. But it is ok to send men into battle to protect our Nation on the lowest possible pay scale? As a Combat Infantry Company Commander in Vietnam the lives lost and men wounded for life was worth much more than our salaries. Sports figures get more than Infantry Soldiers and complain about our Nation, owners of teams, reparations etc. Most of our government officials get 174,000 dollars a year as a base and do nothing. Take their salaries to the level of Combat Soldiers and take their obnoxious benefits after leaving congress and give all of it to Infantry Combat Vetetans. We wete prepared to give our lives for a salary of less than two dollars an hour. Fix the system. Require each death to be paid to families of one million dollars to the families and get a real number for those of us that are disabled for life. Stop using us as practice dummies for surgeries by Residents and protect the men and women that gave all for our Nation
    Serving in Congress is a privilege not a way to get rich. Serving in Combat Arms is much more important than being bought by the highest bidder in politics.

    1. Well said! It’s been decades since I humped a ruck, but I KNEW we weren’t being paid enough for that shit.

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