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Pentagon orders soldiers to return enlistment bonuses

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(LIFEZETTE) A decade after the California National Guard offered bonuses starting at $15,000 to soldiers who chose to reenlist and serve on combat tours, the Pentagon is now demanding these soldiers repay the money or face legal consequences, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.


The California Guard’s use of monetary incentives in the mid-2000’s to boost the declining enlistment rosters while facing two wars enticed nearly 10,000 soldiers to reenlist. But years after the agreements were made, investigators deemed that California Guard officials mismanaged the agreements and allowed for widespread fraud. As a bitter thanks for their service, thousands of soldiers must now repay those bonuses.


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