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    Army Will Offer Promotions, New Medals for Some Soldiers Who Bring in Recruits

    Army Will Offer Promotions, New Medals for Some Soldiers Who Bring in Recruits

    The is now offering promotions to privates — along with a medal — for those who refer new recruits as it looks to boost its ranks after an abysmal recruiting year, officials announced Monday.

    Soldiers in paygrades E-1 through E-3 who participate in a new referral program would be promoted if they bring in recruits, though they can receive only one promotion through the program.

    The service has also introduced the Army Recruiting Ribbon, as .com was first to report earlier this month. The ribbon can be awarded a maximum of four times to any soldier who gets an applicant in the door who ultimately makes their way to basic training. Each ribbon is worth 10 promotion points.

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    Last year, the Army fell 15,000 soldiers short of its 60,000 recruiting goal, spurring service planners to move quickly to boost numbers in the new fiscal year, which started in October. This year, the Army is aiming for 65,000 new soldiers.

    The majority of possible recruits in the U.S. are, however, ineligible for service, due to an obesity crisis and low academic performance on the military's SAT-style entrance exam. Service leaders estimate only about 23% of young Americans are even qualified for service.

    The Army also faces a series of perception issues, with many recruits and their families believing that most of its jobs are combat-related; in reality,…

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