“The United States Army is the greatest team in the world. It’s not a competition, it’s a collaboration,” Lt. Col. Brian Meister said, describing what it’s like to be part of the United States Army. .
LTC Meister has been in the military for 19 years and is the commanding officer of Columbia’s recruiting battalion. He said about 500 people are recruited each year in Colombia and the opportunity for those looking to enlist this year comes with incentives of up to $50,000.
The recent offer is the largest bonus offered to newly qualified individuals who sign up for a six-year active duty enlistment. In the past, enlistment incentives for full-time soldiers could not exceed $40,000.
The Total Incentive Program is based on a combination of incentives offered for the selected career field, individual qualifications, length of enlistment contract and date of ship for training.
According to LTC Meister, the military offers around 150 different career fields. Fort Gordan in Augusta, GA., which is within its territory, has a Cyber School for people exploring high-tech specific careers.
Many businesses in the Midlands have felt that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them and the US military is not exempt. Labor shortages have created obstacles to recruiting and, according to Major General Kevin Vereen, who heads the US Army Recruiting Command, the army is competing for the same talent as other services as well as the sector. private and must have the ability to generate interest. in the current employment environment.
Career-based incentives range from $1,000 to $40,000 for certain specific occupations the Army must fill. Fields range from some of the most well-known careers in the military, such as infantry and special forces, to radar repairers, signal support system specialists, and motor transport operators.
Along with career-based bounties, there are also “fast sailing” bounties for people who are ready to head into basic combat training within 90 days. These incentives range from $2,000 to $9,000 – the sooner an individual ships, the higher the dollar amount.
There are additional incentives for enrolling in Airborne or Ranger schools. Choosing to jump planes can net a rookie $10,000, while becoming Ranger Qualified can net up to $20,000.
Under the Army Civilian Skills Program, foreign language skills can be worth up to $40,000 for specific career paths.
The combination of these incentives will allow new recruits to reach the maximum of $50,000.
In addition to monetary incentives, Meister pointed to several other options that could make the military more attractive in today’s employment environment — station of choice and two-year enlistments. He added that the medical and educational benefits are second to none.
People in the Midlands who want to find out more about enlistment incentives can visit any recruitment office in Lexington, Irmo or Sandhills.
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