Successful Recruiting Initiatives
• Short-Term Enlistment Option: The 2003
National Defense Authorization Act provides a short-term enlistment
option for implementation in FY04.
• Recruiting Incentives: Incentives, including
the Enlistment Bonus Program, the Army College Fund Program, and
the Loan Repayment Program, have successfully enabled The Army to
execute precision recruiting in FY02. At a time when The Army is
engaged in the GWOT, recruiting successes have directly supported
• Corporal Recruiters: Starting in FY99,
The Army placed 400 corporals on recruiting duty. This brought the
total number of on-production recruiters to 6,161. This program
has proven effective by using young leaders to recruit young soldiers.
• “College First” test program:
The Army will continue the “College First” test program
in FY03. First year applicants receive a $250 per month allowance
and second year applicants receive a $350 per month allowance while
attending up to two years of post-secondary education prior to entering
to active duty. There were 342 enlistments for this test through
FY01, and 607 in FY02.
• Army Motor Sports Program: The Army launched
a partnership with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and Schumacher
Racing for a top fuel dragster called “The Sarge.” The
Army’s partnership with the NHRA allows The Army to be the
primary partner in the NHRA’s Youth Education Services (Y.E.S.)
• Special Forces Candidate (18X) “Off
the Street” Enlistment Initiative: The Army will continue
its highly successful 18X “Off the Street” Program in
FY03. This effort seeks to enlist motivated, highly qualified, and
dedicated individuals desiring the adventure and mission focus inherent
in the U. S. Army Special Operations Forces. In FY 02, The Army
exceeded its assigned mission of 400 applicants, enlisting 465 candidates.
Capitalizing on the success of this program, the FY 03 mission will
increase to 600.
• The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS)
program provides America’s youth with an opportunity to serve
their country while they prepare for their future. Soldiers learn
technical skills required by industry along with work ethics, teamwork,
communication, and leadership during an enlistment in the United
States Army. After completing their active duty tour, the Soldier
interviews and completes the application process with the company
selected during the recruiting process. A database that matches
the job needs of a company with all of the Initial Entry Training
job skills offered by The Army enables the young person to choose
a particular company and job skill. An agreement with a specific
company that reflects the military skill, civilian job, and terms
of service is prepared when the young person enlists.