Local recruiters tout Army’s new $50,000 enlistment bonus

Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 7:07 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - For the first time in history, the U.S. Army is offering a $50,000 signing bonus to anyone who enlists for six years.

Desperate, but excited, we spoke to the Augusta CSRA company commander and local recruiters who say enlisting changed their lives.

While our military community is growing, there’s a concern our forces can’t keep up.

Now, they want to give others that opportunity and believe these incentives can do that and more.

Here’s a map of locations.

“I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t join. It helped jump-start my life. As a recruiter on the ground, that’s what we’re looking for people who are undecided,” said Sgt. 1st Class Fatina Younis, Evans recruiting station commander.

Unsure and looking for stability and a promising future.

“What are you doing now and what can you do better and the Army is always something that can make you better,” said Sgt. 1st Class Charles Clayton, station commander at the Augusta recruiting station.

Four main incentives

  • $50,000 enlistment incentive for a six-year term.
  • Chose your duty station, which may be closer to family.
  • 84 career field options from combat engineers to paralegals.
  • Two-year enlistments, serving two years active duty then two in the reserves.

“A misconception is you’re signing your life away. We just want to provide information to make the best decision for your future. I think you can do anything for two years, so why not serve in the Army,” said Younis.

The Army believes in putting people first.

Capt. Edward Littrell, Augusta CSRA company commander said: “So important, and it’s exciting times for us right now because it allows us to get people into the military, and you know help our nation overall.” “Our alliance with the community, our ties with the military is here in the CSRA.”

Upcoming recruiting event

  • March 4, Sconyers Bar-B-Que

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