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By Amanda Terkel on April 12, 2007 at 9:58 am

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Amount the Army paid last year “to attract and keep soldiers in the service, more than three times the total amount of bonuses paid before the Iraq war began. … Last year, the Army recruited 80,635 troops. To achieve that, the Army bolstered the ranks of its recruiters, raised enlistment bonuses to as much as $40,000 and allowed recruits with tattoos on their necks and hands to join. It also bumped the age limit twice.”

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