Troops need protection during ‘bonus limbo’

By Tom Philpott Pentagon officials and congressional staffs are working together to try to ensure that thousands of bonus-qualified recruits, and thousands of careerists ready to re-enlist, aren’t harmed financially by the current suspension of bonuses and incentive pays. Bonuses and many special pays stopped Jan. 1 because President Bush vetoed the fiscal 2008 defense […]

Some AF Reserve bonuses now $15,000

Airman Thomas Trower “One weekend a month, two weeks a year.” We’ve all seen or heard the slogan for the Air Force Reserve on the television, radio and Internet. What many may not know is that the Reserve has increased the maximum enlistment bonuses from $8,000 to $15,000 for selected Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs). […]

Amendment rejects two-tiered military death gratuity

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Senate approved an amendment from Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., that rejects Bush administration plans to establish a two-tiered military death gratuity and to limit retroactive payment of $238,000 in enhanced death benefits only to families of members who die in combat assignments. The Kerry amendment, approved by voice vote […]