Is The Pentagon ‘Clawing Back’ Your Enlistment Bonus?


Packing for a year in Afghanistan.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported on legacy bonuses – paid to California National Guard troops during the height of the Iraq War – and that the Pentagon is now “clawing back” those bonuses.

The reason given is that some troops got enlistment incentives improperly or their recruiters broke the rules. So, the Defense Department is now demanding them back – even, in some cases, after combat deployments, injuries or honorable military service.

Now, the question is if this issue is widespread – beyond the California Guard. Have you, a current or former soldier,  been asked to repay some of your incentives to the government? Please email if that’s happened and you want to share your story. Bobbie O’Brien at – the military and veterans reporter for WUSF Public Radio.


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