National Guard demands repayment of bonus



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A National Guard soldier from Oregon says she’s being asked to repay $10,000 from a signing bonus the military says it shouldn’t have offered her.

Pfc. Chelsea Wells says the National Guard told her it was short of intelligence analysts when she signed up as one in 2007. Her contract called for a $20,000 bonus — half after she completed training, half after three years.

The military, though, turned down her request for the second half. Also, it wants the first half back. It now says the position didn’t qualify for a bonus.

An aide to Republican Rep. Greg Walden says at least five other Guard members are in that position.

Oregon Military Department spokesman Capt. Stephan Bomar says Wells needs to pursue a legal review of her contract.