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Also, you get the enlist bonus whether or not the player actually moves a technology cube, deploys a mech on the map, builds a structure on the map, or enlists a recruit. As long as he pays the resources (usually only for taking the money once he completed that collection of elements) he is performing the bottom action and thus you will get the bonus.
Right...we were doing that correctly, too. I was paying to enlist with 1 food and getting 3 coins.