BREAKING: Congress Demands Pentagon Stop Forcing Troops To Pay Back Bonuses
Congress is furious after roughly 10,000 California National Guard troops have been ordered by the Pentagon to pay back recruitment bonuses. An investigation discovered that the California National Guard abused the money and paid out the bonus money to many that were ineligible to receive the bonuses in the first place.
After intense media and Congressional fury, Pentagon officials are now trying to waive the troops debt and Congress is threatening to pass a law to resolve the issue.
Regardless if the soldiers were able to receive the bonuses or not, it is the Pentagon and California National Guard that is responsible for determining who is responsible and doling out the bonuses. In most cases soldiers do not know if they are eligible or not because individual soldiers are not responsible for determining the requirements of bonus and enlistment bonus distribution.
A Los Angeles Times reportrevealed that California National Guard officials demanded that thousands of National Guardsmen will have to return bonuses of up to $15,000 that were offered to help recruit part-time troops during the Iraq War in the 2000’s.