Illinois guard: No bonus repayment issues for soldiers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois National Guard says none of its soldiers received improper enlistment bonuses like those reportedly paid to some soldiers in California, but has had some cases of improper payouts due to clerical errors.

News media reports this week have indicated the Pentagon has demanded some soldiers repay bonuses after audits revealed large overpayments by the California National Guard.

Illinois National Guard Capt. Dutch Grove said Tuesday that an audit conducted in 2015 found bonuses to 67 soldiers not eligible to receive them.

Grove said subsequent checks found that 52 of those cases involved clerical errors and the adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard waived them rather seek repayment. Fifteen of those cases are still being reviewed.

The amount of money waived was not immediately available.