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Pentagon Demands Soldiers Repay Enlistment Bonuses After Service: Report

The soldiers perform pass and revue March 27, 2008 at Fort BThe soldiers perform pass and revue March 27, 2008 at Fort B
UNITED STATES - MARCH 27: The soldiers perform pass and revue March 27, 2008 at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The New York National Guard's Fighting 69th with the 27th Brigade Combat Team &CJTF Phoenix VII held a Send-Off Ceremony to say goodbye to family and friends as they shipped off for Afghanistan. (Photo by Robert Sabo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)New York Daily News Archive NY Daily News via Getty Images

The Pentagon is demanding that soldiers repay bonuses of $15,000 or more given to them as an incentive to reenlist and go to war in the mid-2000s.

The California National Guard gave the bonuses to nearly 10,000 soldiers as part of a recruitment method to meet enlistment goals, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The order came after a federal investigation revealed that lack of oversight within the California National Guard had led to fraud and overpayment, the Times reported. Bonuses were given to soldiers who did not qualify for them, the investigation found.

Soldiers have since been ordered to repay their bonuses, prompting many to accuse the military of wrongly punishing them with a financial burden.

[Los Angeles Times]