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Air Force is offering enlistment bonus due to recruitment shortage

Recruitment bonus up to $50,000 for select careers
Posted at 5:37 PM, Apr 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-19 19:10:26-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Recruit Terrance Faulk knew he wanted to enroll in the Air Force straight out of high school. Inching towards his 6 months mark he is excited to be relocated to Montana. Although his journey has been a smooth one that has not been the case for most recruitments since the pandemic hit.

Faulk says, “I knew that this was going to put me in the best spot I could be in, especially for my future.”

Air and Space Force Recruiter Amber Montanaro goes on to say, “Ultimately it hurt recruiting in that aspect because there was no face-to-face contact.”

The United States Air Force has suffered from a steep decline in recruitment with an all-time low that hasn’t happened since 1999. The Air Force’s mission is to enlist 27,000 recruitments by October but already half-way through the year they are sitting at a standstill of 9,000. That’s less than half their goal.

The Air Force is currently offering a $50,000 enlistment bonus in select careers and a $8,000 quick-ship bonus in all career fields.

Montanaro is hopeful that with the bonus incentive and backing from the community, the recruitment shortage will be a thing of the past.

Recruiters say the lack of soldiers will lead to a homeland security risk and that meeting recruitment expectancy is crucial.