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Bonus Pay Part of Air Force Nuke Force Reforms

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force says it will offer bonus money and other incentives to members of its nuclear missile corps as part of a broader plan to fix what ails the force.

A string of recent training failures, security missteps, leadership lapses, morale problems and stunning breakdowns in discipline prompted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to demand action to restore public confidence in the nation’s nuclear force.

Air Force leaders are planning to offer bonus pay, fill gaps in the supervisory ranks, offer a nuclear service medal and put more money into modernizing what in some respects has become a decrepit Minuteman 3 missile force that few airmen want to join.

The potential impact of these and other planned changes is unclear, but they are likely to be welcomed by airmen.

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