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.
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.