Secretary of Defense Orders Pentagon Suspend the Collection of Bonuses From California National Guard Soldiers

In response to a national outcry, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has ordered the Pentagon to suspend the collection of bonuses that were improperly paid to members of California’s National Guard. The Los Angeles Times was first to report on Saturday that thousands of National Guard soldiers had been ordered to repay enlistment bonuses of at least $15,000 a decade after signing up to serve. The Pentagon asked for the money back after it found that the California National Guard had paid bonuses to guardsmen who did not meet the qualifications.

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