LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Army News Service, July 26, 2007) Aca,!" Pvt. Dustin McMore of Conway, Ark., became $2,000 richer July 16 as the first recipient of the Army Reserve Recruiter Assistance Program bonus.

To qualify for the bonus, Pvt. McMore recruited his friend, Pvt. Trent Harris, also from Conway, into the Army Reserve.

Pvt. McMore learned about the bonus opportunity from his recruiter, Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Covington Sr., just days after enlisting to be a food service specialist with the 460th Chemical Brigade.

"I make sure everyone I put in knows about AR-RAP and the SMART (Sergeant Major of the Army Recruiting Team) program. I also called my prior Soldiers and told them about it," said Sgt. 1st Class Covington.

Pvt. McMore and Pvt. Harris, who will also be a food service specialist with the 460th Chem. Bde., headed to basic training July 19.

The Army Reserve launched AR-RAP last month. Recruiter assistants earn $2,000 for helping identify qualified recruits Aca,!" an initial payment of $1,000 when the potential recruit signs a contract, then a second $1,000 upon successful completion of basic training.

Sgt. 1st Class Covington said he has high hopes for the program.

"I believe this is the tip of the iceberg. It's going to change the way Reserve recruiting is done," he said, adding that it helps eliminate mistrust people may have in recruiters. "When you have a referral there's an automatic level of trust."

To become a recruiter assistant, Soldiers must first complete online training at

"So far more than 5,000 Army Reserve Soldiers have signed up for the online training, and this is an excellent indicator the program is working," said Lt. Col. Robert Humphrey, chief, Army Reserve Accessions.

RAs may not establish Web sites to procure contact information, visit schools without the presence of locally assigned recruiters, or place ads in newspapers and magazines on behalf of AR-RAP.