- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - In a story Oct. 25 about Illinois National Guard bonuses, The Associated Press, relying on information from the National Guard, reported erroneously that 52 soldiers had been paid bonuses due to clerical errors. A Guard spokesman said Wednesday that a 2015 audit initially found that those soldiers may not have completed physical fitness tests required to receive such bonuses, but further investigation found they had and were eligible for the bonuses.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Illinois guard: No bonus repayment issues for soldiers

The Illinois National Guard says none of its soldiers received improper enlistment bonuses

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.

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 an audit conducted in 2015 found 52 soldiers may not have completed physical fitness tests required to receive such bonuses. Further investigation found the tests were completed and the soldiers were eligible for the bonuses.

Grove said 15 similar cases are still being reviewed.


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