<a href="https://www.usarec.army.mil/hrap/soldierapp/control.asp" target="_blank">SPECIAL RECRUITER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM</a> (SRAP)

Tuesday March 29, 2005

Soldiers can share their experiences from Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom with friends, family, and community members in their hometown through the Special Recruiter Assistance Program (SRAP).

Eligible Soldiers can serve on temporary duty for up to 14 days at the recruiting station nearest their hometown to help recruit the next generation of heroes.

Approved SRAP Soldiers:

- Can claim reimbursement for travel expenses and per diem for a 14-day TDY.

- Can combine the SRAP TDY with ordinary leave, extending their hometown stay

- Will speak at college and community events and participate in interviews with local media.

- SRAP participants will share their experiences in their own words so the American public can see and hear first hand what it means to live the Warrior Ethos as an American Soldier.

- Soldiers can apply online at the U.S. Army Recruiting Command's Web site. For more information, visit http://www.usarec.army.mil/ or call (502) 626-0448/1582.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program provides young people with quality job opportunities following their Army enlistment. It is a strategic partnership with corporations and public agencies to help the Army attract talented young people who want to serve their country, but also want to help secure their future success once their Army service is complete.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • President spends Easter with Fort Hood troops (AFIS)
  • Army general is optimistic about Iraq's future (PJB/EB)
  • 1,200 National Guard troops called back to service (MH/EB)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Deployed troops getting best protection available (AFIS)
  • Intel giving Pentagon better picture of insurgency (WT | EB)
  • Iraqi Interior Minister says security improving (USAT/EB)
  • Iraqi troop training indicates progress (CSM | EB)
  • Rumsfeld's policy advisor lists successes of wars (LVS/EB)
  • Engineers work together to improve Iraq's power production (AFIS)
  • Government talks drag on, violent interruptions ineffective (NYT | EB)
  • Leading Sunni politician drops bid for key Iraq slot (WP/EB)
  • Sunni leader pledges support for insurgents (NYT | EB)
  • Panel's report criticizes C.I.A. for failure regarding Iraq weapons (NYT | EB)
  • U.S. military upgrading Afghan air bases for future (BS/EB)

OF INTEREST

  • DoD will take over acquisitions for Air Force (WP | EB)
  • US plans to control space, raising concerns (WP | EB)
  • Final tests began on Osprey aircraft (LAT | EB)
  • States considering Illinois' program on grants to citizen-soldiers (STL | EB)
  • Bush targets spies under new plan (WT | EB)
  • Facing the future: Transforming DoD is 'constant process' (AFIS)
  • US Pacific commander voices concerns about China military expansion (WSJ | EB)
  • China uses economic muscle throughout Africa (WSJ/EB)
  • Kyrgyzstan endorses interim president (WP | EB)
  • Syria reduces its troops in Lebanon (LAT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • Naming of Iraqi parliament speaker delayed (Aljazeera)
  • Jordan seeking U.N. peacekeeping overhaul (Jordan Times)
  • Massive earthquake hits Indonesia (BBC)

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Events

The Army's Eisenhower Series will sponsor a program on March 31 with The CNA Corporation: "The U.S. Army in Asia: Legacies of the Past, Present Challenges and Prospects for the Future" - Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

[R]etention is exceeding all our goals, both in the active...it's over 100 percent in the active; it's near 100 percent in both the Reserves and the Guard. So, retention-wise, we're doing quite well. (Transcript)

Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the Army

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