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Udall to AIG: “Give the bonuses back, or we’ll find a way to take them back”

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D.N.M., today joined a group of his Senate colleagues to send a message to A.I.G. executives who took $165 million in taxpayer bailouts as bonuses:

Some AF Reserve bonuses now $15,000

Airman Thomas Trower “One weekend a month, two weeks a year.” We’ve all seen or heard the slogan for the Air Force Reserve on the television, radio and Internet. What many may not know is that the Reserve has increased the maximum enlistment bonuses from $8,000 to $15,000 for selected Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs). […]

Kerry’s amendment wins out

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate approved an amendment from Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., that rejects Bush administration plans to establish a two-tiered military death gratuity and to limit retroactive payment of $238,000 in enhanced death benefits only to families of members who die in combat assignments. The Kerry amendment, approved by voice vote […]

Army Guard, Reserves offering bonuses

by Tom Philpott To reverse a sharp drop in recruiting since citizen soldiers became 40 percent of U.S. ground forces in Iraq, the Army National Guard and Army Reserve this month announced increases in enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses. But Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said the Army “probably is […]