Nonplussed points out that the Army is offering bonuses of up to $10,000 for soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait who reenlist for 3 years or more.
Considering that enlisted military earn $13,800 to $24,816 (at E-7) a year in basic pay, that’s not insignificant. I imagine that a number of troops on the fence will re-up for the extra cash. Others won’t, and that’s fair enough.
A lot has been made about our military being over-stretched, and I don’t think anyone can really argue that it’s not. Patriotism and a sense of duty will keep many in the service, but they are being worked hard and deployed for extended periods of time in nasty places. And with the employment situation in the civilian world looking up, the military might not look as attractive as it once did. They deserve more than they get, and this is a step in the right direction.
But it’s only one step.