Uncle Sam: We want you… to train others! $5K bonus offered

Gen. Robert Abrams, head of U.S. Army Forces Command, poses for a photo in his office at Fort Bragg, N.C., on April 21, 2017. The U.S. Army is authorizing $5,000 bonuses to woo top-performing troops into a new training brigade as the service once famous for shouldering the burden of America’s wars works to meet the growing demand for advisers in places ranging from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan and Africa. (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (AP) — The U.S. Army is authorizing $5,000 bonuses to woo top-performing troops into a new training brigade as the service once famous for shouldering the burden of America’s wars works to meet the growing demand for advisers in places ranging from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan and Africa.

The plan recognizes the new reality of America at war: Army soldiers are more often training and building local security forces rather than doing the fighting for them on foreign soil. It replaces what has been a hodgepodge of programs over the past dozen years with projections for five new brigades that can be deployed around the world as professional advisers.

The new program illustrates how the Trump administration has endorsed the Obama administration’s emphasis on working “by, with and through” local forces.