Attrition: Experienced Troops Returning to Service


November 29, 2005: Despite problems getting new recruits, the U.S. Army is having a lot more success getting troops who have done their time and left, to come back. In 2004, the army got 8,246 troops, who had recently gotten out, to sign up for another tour of duty. That's up from 4,565 in 2003. This year, the trend continues, with the help of cooperative recruiters, and cash bonuses (up to $19,000) if you have a skill that is in high demand right now. The main target of recruiters is people who have been discharged in the last five years. Those with needed technical skills, and combat experience, are particularly sought after. The recruiters job is made easier because, with email, it's easier for former soldiers to stay in touch with friends who are still in the service. That connection makes it easier to join up again, if only because the army buddies remind you that there's still a war going on.


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