Army Working On Details Of "Stop Loss" Bonus

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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It could soon be bonus money time for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who are serving past the end of their enlistments.

Exactly how much they'll get and when is still being determined, but Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha says Army officials are working out details.

Congress mandated the payments to about 12,000 troops currently experiencing "stop loss" extensions of their service. Murtha is pushing for the payments to be $500 a month.

Critics have called the military's ability to "stop loss" troops, or keep them beyond their enlistment contract or retirement date, a back door draft. Military leaders have said in a time of war it is a necessary tool to keep troops with critical skills and to maintain the continuity of a unit.

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