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Release No: 233-00
May 05, 2000

AIR FORCE OFFERS $10K COLLEGE REPAYMENT TO NEW RECRUITS

For the first time in its history, the Air Force is offering eligible new recruits up to $10,000 toward repaying their college loans. Also, the service is offering an additional $5,000 enlistment bonus to people entering one of more than 100 selected career areas between now and May 31. These incentives are in addition to any existing bonuses they may already be receiving.

"We're excited to offer this great new incentive to America's young men and women," said Carol DiBattiste, under secretary of the Air Force. "This is just the beginning of many incredible benefits our people enjoy. In addition to tremendous job training, immediate responsibility, and educational and leadership opportunities, our talented men and women enjoy serving their country and being part of the most powerful and respected aerospace force in the world."

The College Loan Repayment Program targets people entering active duty in any career field on a four-or six-year enlistment, said Air Force officials.

"The plan allows new recruits with outstanding college loans to enlist in any Air Force Specialty Code, and receive up to $10,000 to go toward repaying their loan," said Marylee Baker, assistant chief, voluntary education branch, Directorate of Personnel Force Development.

In addition to the college loan repayment program, the Air Force offers all its airmen educational advantages including the Community College of the Air Force, tuition assistance, and the Montgomery GI Bill.

More information about the Air Force's college loan repayment program and the recent $5,000 enlistment bonus offered to recruits enlisting before the end of May, is available from local Air Force recruiters, or by calling 1-800-423-USAF or visiting www.airforce.com.

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