Army probes allegations of fraud by recruiters and others in enlistment referral program – The Washington Post


Army criminal investigators are probing the actions of more than 1,200 individuals who collected suspect payouts totaling more than $29 million, according to officials who were briefed on the preliminary findings of the investigation and would discuss them only on the condition of anonymity. More than 200 officers are suspected of involvement, including two generals and dozens of colonels.

via Army probes allegations of fraud by recruiters and others in enlistment referral program – The Washington Post.

First, while the US Army, and the Army Reserves adopted a similar program, to date all the information I’ve seen relates to Army National Guard recruiting.

In case you didn’t know, National Guard recruiting is entirely separate from active Army and Reserves recruiting. Indeed, Army recruiters see Guard recruiters just as much “the competition” as they view the other services.

Second, any recruitment scheme that provides a monetary incentive to recruiters is ripe for fraud.

As an Army recruiter, I did receive Special Duty Assignment pay, an incentive pay while on recruiting duty. But that payment ($350/mo as I recall- taxable) was paid for being in the recruiting assignment. I received no bonus or any other financial incentive based on the numbers of enlistments I made.

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One response to “Army probes allegations of fraud by recruiters and others in enlistment referral program – The Washington Post

  1. If you ask anyone with an RA serial number, they would swear the recruiter LIED to him. Not. I was RA in 69 when a lot of guys were headed north. And all I can talk knowledgeably about is what I observed. I was never promised anything I didn’t get. I went in wanting to be a Wobbly, but the eyes precluded it. I got my second choice (mechanized stock control specialist) and spent >23 months in the RVN in various MOSs. I got the straight shit from the recruiters.
    Fudging the numbers would be a higher echelon function, not the Sarge or Eltee. Fighting over the fudged numbers would be Staff level….Or above.

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