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Army National Guard (ARNG) Recruiting Assistance Program (G-RAP)

What is it?
The G-RAP is the ARNG�s adaptation of civilian contract recruiting. The G-RAP program, as of December 1, 2008 has 132,371 recruiting assistants (RAs). The RAs are Troop Program Unit ARNG Soldiers. Active Guard Reserve Soldiers (Title 10 and Title 32), military technicians and Soldiers serving on active duty operational support or mobilization are currently excluded from participation in G-RAP.

What has the ARNG done?
The G-RAP program requires additional training and contractual performance by selected subcontractors such as a prospecting phase, a prequalification phase, a salesmanship phase, an applicant processing phase, and a sponsorship phase. These phases are worked by the contractor in concert with a local recruiter to attract and enlist the best qualified applicants and to reduce the risk of training pipeline attrition.

Since the inception of the program in December 2005, the ARNG has processed more than 79,338 enlistments through G RAP. Upon verified enlistment, the RA receives an initial $1,000 payment, with a second $1,000 payment upon verification of the Soldier�s successful shipment to Initial Entry Training for non-prior service contracts, or a full $2,000 payment for prior-service contracts. Exact payment timelines vary depending upon prior service/non-prior status and availability of training seats. In August 2007, G-RAP expanded to include incentives for officer accessions. Since its launch in August 2007, GRAP-Officer has produced 560 accessions and 194 verified Officer Candidate School and Warrant Officer Candidate School candidates. There are currently more than 130,000 RAs eligible to participate in the program.

As of November 17, 2008, the top RAs include a retiree from Florida with 104 accessions, a ARNG Soldier from Texas working part-time as an RA with 81 accessions, and another part-time RA from Puerto Rico with 69 accessions.

What continued efforts does the ARNG have planned for the future?
The current program goal is for states and territories to have 40 percent of authorized end-strength qualified as RAs.

Why is this important to the Army?
The G-RAP RAs are deeply ingrained in the local communities and are better positioned to reach the target populations. The G-RAP contact-to-contract ratio is currently 3:1 (one out of every three potential G-RAP Soldiers qualifies and enlists into the ARNG).

 
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