Effective March 15, the Referral Bonus Program is expanded to include Department of the Army Civilians.

This recruiting incentive currently pays Soldiers and Army retirees $2,000 for referring applicants who enlist in the Regular Component of the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard; complete basic training; and graduate advanced individual training.

Prior to the new recruit's first meeting with a recruiter, the referral must be made by the Army Civilian at https://www.usarec.army.mil/smart/ or, for Army National Guard recruits, at www.1800goguard.com/esar

The Secretary of the Army may pay a bonus to any Soldier, Army retiree, or Army Civilian who refers to an Army recruiter a person who has not previously served in the Armed Forces and enlists in either the Active Army, Army National Guard or the Army Reserves. The referrer may not be an immediate family member and the Soldier, retiree or Army Civilian referring may not be serving in a recruiting or retention assignment.

"There are 240,000 Army Civilians, and as the Army Civilian Creed notes, they are dedicated members of the Army Team, they support the mission, and they provide stability and continuity during war and peace," said Lt. Gen. Michael Rochelle, Army Deputy Chief of Staff G-1. "And I know they are directing deserving youth to recruiters now. This will not only encourage them but also reward them for their service."

For more information about this incentive program, visit https://www.usarec.army.mil/smart/ or call 1-800-223-3735, ext. 6-0473.

For the Army National Guard, the referrer must either submit the referral through a process via the ESAR (every Soldier is a recruiter) on-line portal www.1800goguard.com/esar or via the toll-free number 1-866-566-2472.

News media should contact LTC Bryan Hilferty at 703-693-0295, bryan-hilferty@us.army.mil, or LTC Robert Tallman at 703-697-5343, Robert.Tallman@hqda.army.mil