ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The New Mexico National Guard is investigating whether soldiers received improper enlistment bonuses like those paid to some soldiers in California who have been told to give them back, New Mexico National Guard Joseph Vigil said late Tuesday.
Vigil did not say whether officials have uncovered examples of New Mexico guard members receiving improper enlistment bonuses but said in a statement that "we here in New Mexico are doing our due diligence to determine if any of our members are affected by this matter," Vigil said.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday ordered the Pentagon to suspend its effort to seek repayments of enlistment bonuses given to thousands of California National Guard members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The announcement does not end the reimbursement process but postpones collection efforts while the Pentagon and Congress look for a long-term solution.
Vigil said recovery of bonuses given to guard members is a routine matter when "a soldier or airman fails to live up to his or her enlistment contract."
He added: "We will work to identify and resolve any issues related to this matter to ensure that we fulfill our commitment to our Guard members as well as our taxpayers."