Effective July 1, 2009, the $2K Referral Bonus Program is suspended. Referrals submitted after close of business July 1 will not qualify for the referral bonus. All referrals submitted prior to July1 must enlist into the Army or Army Reserve not later than September 30, 2009 in order for the sponsor to qualify for the referral bonus.

The Army Referral System-Sergeant Major of the Army Recruiting Team (ARS-SMART) is still available for sponsors to support the recruiting effort. Referrals submitted after July 1, 2009 that result in an enlistment in the Army or Army Reserve will qualify sponsors to receive the SMA coin and certificate (but no monetary payments). Future Soldiers will continue to submit all referrals through ARS-SMART in order to qualify for advanced promotion.

This suspension DOES NOT affect the Army Reserve or Army National Guard Recruiting Assistance Programs (AR-RAP/G-RAP) which, at this time, are still available.