Military Matters: Army soldiers getting bigger bonuses

(WTVM) – Every year select members of the U.S. Army get a retention bonus in an effort to help keep them from leaving the service.

Well this year, the Army is sweetening the deal for those who are extending contracts.

According to the Army's Retention Operations Office, every soldier eligible for a bonus on May 24 is having their pay tier bumped.

That means the regular infantry soldier will get between $3,700 and $11,000 this year instead of between $2,600 and $7,800.

The Army says it increased the bonuses to keep an extra 9,000 soldiers in the ranks.

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