View a breakdown of changes to the army's recruiting bonuses here.

ARLINGTON, Va. — High school graduates with a keen eye for puzzles may be in luck this year if they join the Army because analysts are the new hot commodity.

The Army added imagery analyst and signals analyst to its list of jobs eligible for enlistment bonuses. Analysts of several different kinds, including intelligence, are among 13 categories whose bonuses were increased from last year’s levels.

Meanwhile, bonus levels for five categories of recruits are going down, including two radio-related jobs, and three categories that once earned extra money for recruits are no longer eligible for bonuses at all.

The changes became effective March 2.

Bonuses have been critical to the Army’s ability to meet its recruiting goals as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched on.

The Army offers recruits bonuses if they sign up for one of 68 of its more than 200 MOSs, or military occupational specialties.

The additional money will be even more important now that the Pentagon is asking Congress for permission to increase the size of both the active-duty Army and the Marine Corps.

According to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker and his counterpart, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway, the respective sizes of the forces should grow by 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 Marines by 2012.

Bonuses of up to $14,000 — a $2,000 increase — for a six-year commitment are being offered for basic infantry soldiers — in demand more than ever because of ongoing commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The bonus for a three-year commitment for infantry was increased from $4,000 to $5,000.

Special Forces recruits, meanwhile, whose bonuses were already among the highest available, are getting yet another boost. The maximum bonus for a Special Forces commitment of six years climbs from $14,000 to $16,000.

The minimum bonus is now $9,000 in exchange for a four-year commitment on a Special Forces team, instead of $6,000.

The Army has also lowered bonuses where manning is high; field artillery surveyor, a job increasingly being done by computers, is one of the three jobs no longer offering a bonus.

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