Army Aims for Recruiting Boost With $50,000 Bonuses

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Army Aims for Recruiting Boost With $50,000 Bonuses

In a bid to entice new recruits in a competitive job market, the Army is offering an unprecedented $50,000 bonus for people with specific skills and qualifications.

Until now, enlistment bonuses were capped at $40,000, according to an Army news release, which states that eligibility for the higher amount will be based on a combination of incentives offered for “the selected career field, individual qualifications, length of the enlistment contract and the ship date for training.”

Army Exceeds Fiscal Year 2021 End Strength Goal

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Army Exceeds Fiscal Year 2021 End Strength Goal

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army has exceeded its fiscal year 2021 end strength goal of 485,900 Regular Army soldiers, the service announced.

The end strength for fiscal 2021 reached 486,490 soldiers, Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, deputy Army chief of staff for personnel, said in an Oct. 20 press release. He credited the success to talented recruiters who signed up new personnel, and soldiers who reenlisted to stay beyond their initial service obligation. 

Broader Reach Will Benefit Army Esports, Recruiting

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Broader Reach Will Benefit Army Esports, Recruiting

The Army’s esports team has helped to generate recruiting leads through its virtual platform, but it could reach a broader audience by making some adjustments to its approach, according to the authors of a paper on military electronic sports teams.

Esports engaged close to 500 million viewers in 2020, a viewership leveraged by the Army and its sister services to reach young people, according to the paper, “Esports and the Military,” published by the Center for a New American Security.

Future of Army Recruiting Will Be Mobile, Tech-Savvy

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Future of Army Recruiting Will Be Mobile, Tech-Savvy

The Army’s recruiting force is likely to shrink in the next five years as more emphasis is placed on technology and mobility, according to the general in charge of recruiting the service’s enlisted force.

Chinese, US Armies Face Similar Recruiting Challenges

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Chinese, US Armies Face Similar Recruiting Challenges

The U.S. Army has an advantage over China when it comes to empowering its soldiers to make decisions, but the two countries face the same challenges recruiting young people for military service, according to the author of a new paper.

In an essay published by the Association of the U.S. Army as part of its Land Warfare Paper series, author Larry Wortzel notes that China’s People’s Liberation Army and the U.S. Army have a common focus on new technologies, data fusion and developing systems designed to compensate for a smaller military.

AUSA Releases 8 New Podcasts in September

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AUSA Releases 8 New Podcasts in September

The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing eight new podcast episodes in September, including an update on Army recruiting efforts and the latest on the upcoming AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition.

First up in the “Army Matters” series is a special back-to-school edition featuring Maria McConville, spouse of the Army chief of staff, Alexandra Grinston, spouse of the sergeant major of the Army, and Shannon George of the Military Child Education Coalition. 

Army Readiness Won't Last Without Attention

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Army Readiness Won't Last Without Attention

Commanders and leaders across the Army should always be working to build and protect readiness, the service’s top general said.

“Over the last three or four years, we’ve built back our readiness,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said recently during a virtual event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute. “Readiness is fragile. You have to continue to invest in it because it can very quickly go away.”

Army Launches 5-Week Virtual Recruiting Campaign

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Army Launches 5-Week Virtual Recruiting Campaign

Encouraged by the success of more than a year of virtual recruiting, the Army will hold its second nationwide virtual career fair in a bid to recruit young people who can bring needed skills to the force.

In a departure from the first nationwide event, which took place last year over three days, this year’s Army National Hiring Days has been expanded to five weeks, from May 10 through June 14, concluding on the Army’s 246th birthday.

Report Highlights Talent Management Successes

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Report Highlights Talent Management Successes

The Army has implemented more than a dozen new initiatives, with more on the way, as the service continues to transform the way it manages soldiers’ talents, skills, interests and careers.

In a new report, the Army Talent Management Task Force highlights major milestones during the last two years’ worth of talent management reform efforts.

They include new assessments to better select battalion and brigade commanders, a marketplace-style program that matches officers to available assignments, and programs for NCOs and warrant officers.