posted on Jan, 3 2008 @ 08:47 PM
Ok, this gets technical really quick, but i'll try to make sense of this based on my knowledge of USAF, not US Army, enlistments and extensions.
If the new budget comprimise does not authorize the bonus program nobody will get the bonus. This counts for all agreements signed on or after Jan
Since it is the 3rd today there shouldn't be that many affected, but it still affect those who did and those who plan on doing so. If this only
affects 1 person it still sucks since that one person isn't going to get the bonus that most likely helped make their decision to stay in.
Doing month to month extentions sucks, I did it so I know, and until you get the deal you want you are in limbo, but you still get paid. This isn't a
bad deal, but the USAF only allows you to extend up to 48 months. I don't know how the Army operates, but if you are already on an extension you
might get screwed and have to reenlist if the Army has a limit on extension time. The adendum to your agreement will say that you are not guaranteed
the bonus unless it is in the new budget. This is a loop hole that can screw you.
The worst part of all this is who this affects. The most critical jobs are the ones that won't get paid the bonuses. I am in a critical career field
and losing people who do what I do, my job is also critical for the Army side, would hurt how the military operates.
I understand what the president did, but there should be a line item veto available to him so things like this don't happen. All the Army needs is $1
billion to keep these bonuses going.
Since this budget also includes the USAF, i'm wondering how my future bonus will be affected since i'm due to resign this year. I am not about to
get screwed out of $60K, so I need this to get cleared up ASAP.
For all those who are debating on seperating, please think twice since the military needs you. I know the civilian sector pays 6 figure salaries for
some of the jobs that are critical, mine included, but you might leave a gap that can't be filled and create a bigger problem for the country you
serve. This isn't a guilt trip, so think about the pros and cons and keep any emotions locked away since they won't help you make a logical