WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 1, 2007) - The Army's Referral Bonus Pilot Program - which offers Soldiers and retirees $2,000 for referring future Soldiers - has achieved some notable successes, said Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

"We've received more than 10,000 referrals to date, and this program has unlimited potential for our Army. Every Soldier and retiree should understand the program and have the opportunity to participate," Bostick said.

Soldiers, future Soldiers and retirees may receive a referral bonus for referring anyone, except immediate family members. Immediate family members include spouse, parent (or step-parent), child (natural, adopted, or step-child), brother or sister.

Those who are not eligible to receive a referral bonus include Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Accessions Command, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Cadet Command, U.S. Army Reserve Command - Retention and Transition Division, National Guard state recruiting commands, and any other member of the Army serving in a recruiting or retention assignment.

Soldiers and Army retirees who are serving as instructors or administrators in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program are also not eligible to participate in the referral-bonus program. Also ineligible are members assigned to duties regarding which eligibility for a bonus could, as determined by the secretary of the Army, be perceived as creating a conflict of interest.

"The referral bonus is a win-win program for our Army, our Soldiers and our retirees," Bostick said. "The Army gains new recruits and our Soldiers across the Army, as well as our retirees, can have a direct impact on the manning of our Army - and earn a $2,000 bonus, as well."

The Army's senior enlisted Soldier, Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, agreed that the referral program has huge potential.

"As our new advertising campaign says, 'There's strong, and then there's Army Strong,'" Preston said. "Soldiers in today's Army are a humble group of quiet professionals who serve as great examples to the young men and women of our nation. This bonus gives our Soldiers and retirees an incentive to share their experiences in the Army with the American people."

Referrals under this program must be made via the Sergeant Major of the Army Recruiting Team referral process. The referral must be submitted through the SMART link at https://www.usarec.army.mil/smart or through the USAREC toll-free number dedicated to this program, (800) 223-3735, ext. 6-0473.

Army National Guard Soldiers should go to www.1800goguard.com or call (800) Go-Guard, ext. 3727.