Guard - Recruiting Assistance Program (G-RAP)

Thursday December 11, 2008

What is it?

The Army National Guard's Recruiting Assistance Program (G-RAP) is the ARNG's adaptation of civilian contract recruiting. The G-RAP program as of Dec. 1, 2008 has 132,371 active recruiting assistants (RAs). The RAs are traditional ARNG Soldiers. AGR Soldiers (Title 10 and Title 32), mil techs, and Soldiers serving on active duty operational support (ADOS) or mobilization are currently excluded from participation in G-RAP.

What has the ARNG done?

Significant features of G-RAP implementation include:

The G-RAP program requires additional training and contractual performance by selected subcontractors such as a prospecting phase, a prequalification phase, a salesmanship phase, an applicant processing phase and a sponsorship phase. These phases are worked by the contractor in concert with a local recruiter to attract and enlist the best qualified applicants and to reduce the risk of training pipeline attrition.

Since the inception of the program in December 2005 through Dec. 1, 2008, the ARNG has processed over 79,338 actual enlistments through G-RAP. Upon verified enlistment, the RA receives an initial $1,000 payment, with a second $1,000 payment upon verification of the Soldier's successful shipment to basic training for non-prior service contracts or a full $2,000 payment for prior-service contracts. Exact payment timelines vary depending upon prior service/non-prior status and availability of training seats. In August 2007, G-RAP expanded to include incentives for officer accessions.

As of Nov. 17, 2008, the top RAs include a retiree from Florida with 104 accessions, a traditional Soldier from Texas working part-time as an RA with 81 accessions and another part-time RA from Puerto Rico with 69 accessions.

What continued efforts does the ARNG have planned for the future?

The current program goal is for states and territories to have 40 percent of authorized end-strength qualified as RAs.

Why is this important to the ARNG?

G-RAP RAs are deeply ingrained in the local communities and are better positioned to reach the target populations. The G-RAP contact-to-contract ratio is currently 3:1 (one out of every three potential G-RAP Soldiers qualifies and enlists into the ARNG).

For additional information about G-RAP, go to : National Guard Recruting Assistant Program Web site and click on "Overview"

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