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Army offers bonus to ship out fast

Struggling to fill slumping recruitment numbers and pump up its ranks in the Middle East, the Army is trying a new incentive, the Pioneer Press (http://www.twincities.com/national/ci_6552115) reported Saturday. The P.Press, which picked up the story from the Chicago Tribune, reported that the Army is now offering new and returning recruites a 20,000 dollar bonus upon sign up for their "Quick Ship" program. Recruits are guaranteed the bonus if they promise to ship out to basic training in less than a month. Part of the inspiration for the program stems from the Army's difficulties meeting its recruitment goal of 80,000 new recruits by the end of the federal fiscal year in September. Under the "Quick Ship" program, a new recruit can be in a combat situation in as little as three months, depending on how much specialized training is required for the soldier's job.