Be More Than You Thought You Could Be

| July 30, 2019

Paratroopers assigned to the 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, plan a maneuver at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, on March 6, 2019. (Army)

The Army is looking for a lot more good people.

From the article:  The Army is short more than 5,000 junior enlisted infantrymen, with the military occupational specialty manned at roughly 79 percent of its goal.

In numbers obtained by Army Times, the service’s authorized strength for E-1 through E-4 active-duty infantrymen, coded as 11B, stands at 24,893. But the service only had 19,820 junior enlisted infantrymen as of July 10.

Indirect fire infantrymen, coded as 11C, are doing a fair bit better, with 2,706 E-1 through E-4 soldiers manning the career field out of the 3,050 troops for which the Army is authorized.

In order to close the gap, the service is offering massive enlistment bonuses topping out at $40,000 for new recruits and up to $72,000 for soldiers who reclassify. – article

Well, there’s an opportunity just waiting for someone like some wanker wannabe in Nevada to be more than he ever was, and solve his cash flow problems at the same time. /sarc  These troops are the Airborne sort, which you may have heard of here and there.

Anyone want to give him a heads up?  Yeah, me neither.


Category: "Your Tax Dollars At Work", Army, Army News

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  1. Roh-Dog says:

    Hey Uncle Sam, I’ll take the reduction in rank! Just no barracks please. I can’t drink like that anymore…
    How did USAREC allow this to happen? (That is rhetorical, they’re special Soldiers)

  2. PFM says:

    The upside to this is that the primary and secondary cutoffs are gonna be rock bottom for a while.

  3. Fareed says:

    Bring back the Draft.

  4. ChipNASA says:

    NSFW and there’s always this….

    • Claw says:

      Lest We Forget: Right now the Dipshit who cut the straps on those Hummers is standing in a soup line somewhere rattling the leftover bones in a surplus canteen cup from the Big Chicken Dinner he got from that little stunt.

      Sucks to be you, e-1 John Skipper./s

  5. 5th/77th FA says:

    $40,000 – 72,000 plus a slightly used HumVee? Where do I sign?

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      I was thinking the same thing. They need desk jockeys to replace the jumpers, right? I’ve got that one knocked.

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  7. Stacy0311 says:

    So wait, I thought the repeal of DADT and allowing females in combat arms was going to solve all of the recruiting issues?

  8. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    I am shocked I tell ya, just absolutely shocked that all the negative publicity hasn’t created an overwhelming desire to serve.

    Who knew that a never-ending GWOT and questionable benefit packages might not be attractive to America’s youth these days?

    You’d almost think that the entire, support the troops movement was nothing more than lip service without actual meaning beyond a phrase designed to make one feel good, like uttering Good Morning to a stranger…