"If you extend with the Guard for 6 more years, we'll give you $15,000.00."
"Ooops, now that you've signed up, no we won't
The Pentagon has reneged on its offer to pay a $15,000 bonus to members of the National Guard and Army Reserve who agree to extend their enlistments by six years, according to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Seattle).
The bonuses were offered in January to Active Guard and Reserve and military technician soldiers who were serving overseas. In April, the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs ordered the bonuses stopped, Murray said.
“This is outrageous,” the senator said in a telephone interview. “It makes me angry that this administration has broken another promise to our troops.”
I wonder how many of those soldiers died or were injured since they re-upped and their families were counting on that money?
This part really pissed me off:
Krenke said some soldiers had been paid the re-enlistment bonuses, but she was unsure how many or whether the money would have to be repaid.
"We're sorry to hear that you are having financial difficulties while your husband is serving in Iraq, but we need you to pay that $15,000.00 back, now!"