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Army National Guard Recruiting Assistance Program

What is it?
The Army National Guard’s (ARNG’s) Recruiting Assistance Program (G-RAP) is an adaptation of Civilian contract recruiting. The program went into effect as a pilot program in selected states in December 2005, with the last 32 states launching in February 2006. Currently all 50 states and the four U.S. territories are participating. Participation is open to individuals as determined by Docupak, Inc., the company under contract with the National Guard Bureau to supplement enlistment efforts of the ARNG Recruiting and Retention Force. Active National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers (Title 10 and Title 32), military technicians, and Soldiers serving on active duty for special work or on mobilization are excluded from participation in G-RAP by mutual agreement of the contractor and the National Guard Bureau.

What has the Army done?
The ARNG has processed over 47,800 actual enlistments through G‑RAP. Upon verified enlistment, the Recruiting Assistant will receive an initial $1,000 payment, with a second $1,000 payment upon verification of the Soldier’s successful shipment to basic training for non–prior service contracts or a full $2,000 payment for prior-service contracts. Exact payment timelines vary depending on prior service/non-prior status and the availability of training seats.

In August 2007, G-RAP was expanded (as G-RAP-O) to include incentives for officer accessions. G-RAP-O provides payments of up to $8,500 for officer commissions through G-RAP. The total payment for an officer accession is determined by the ARNG’s current critical needs and the G-RAP-O payment chart on the date of commission.

The Active First initiative has been incorporated into G-RAP. This program allows G-RAP Recruiting Assistants to recruit for the Active First program and provides additional incentives for those enlistments.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The current program goal is for states and territories to have 30 percent of authorized end strength qualified as Recruiting Assistants. No ending date has been determined for this program.

Why is this important to the Army?
G-RAP Recruiting Assistants 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 4:1 (one out of every four potential G-RAP Soldiers qualifies and enlists in the ARNG). This compares very favorably to the traditional contact-to-contract ratio of 18:1.

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