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HomemilitaryThousands of National Guard troops have not received promised enlistment bonuses

Thousands of National Guard troops have not received promised enlistment bonuses

The National Guard is behind on paying enlistment bonuses to nearly 13,000 troops, including nearly 4,000 service members who have since left the service without receiving the bonuses they were promised at enlistment.

Thousands of Americans enter the National Guard every year with promises of bonuses as high as $20,000 for their part-time service, but the National Guard is behind on paying bonuses to roughly 6% of those service members owed the incentive, a National Guard official confirmed to Fox News Digital.

According to the official, around 9,000 service members who were promised bonuses for signing up have yet to receive the money. 

The problem is widespread enough that an additional 3,900 service members who have already completed their service and have since left the military have also not received their bonus payment. Though the official noted that the “majority” of those “appear to have been ineligible due to an associated adverse action that was not lifted upon their separation.”

“There is frankly a lot of misinformation on the [unit] level. It isn’t their fault, and it’s something I’m trying to fix,” one state’s adjutant general told Military.com. “The soldiers are frustrated. Of course … why would they stick around? Sometimes people have been lazy too. The soldier shouldn’t be coming to us … for their money. We should just pay our bills on time.”

The National Guard official told Fox News Digital the service “continues to monitor and track outstanding bonuses by state/territory and actively makes every effort to assist states in decreasing their aggregate workload.”

“The ARNG G1 incentives oversight team conducts monthly calls with all 54 state incentive managers and conduct state assistance visits, which help states with best practices as well as provide targeted action to help reduce their backlog,” the official said.

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