March 16, 2005

Virginia activates Recruiting Assistant Program

The new recruitment program initiated by the Army National Guard (ARNG) is now available in Virginia.
The Guard Recruiting Assistance Program (G-RAP), which began in November, originally tested in just a handful of states. The program has since proven to be a remarkable success and therefore expanded across the rest of the country.

G-RAP is a contracted program designed for individuals who voluntarily apply online at www.GuardRecruitingAssistant.com to become eligible to serve as a part-time Recruiting Assistant (RA). The RA applicant will be verified and hired by a contractor, not the ARNG. Each RA will cultivate quality potential Soldiers from within their individual spheres of influence.

G-RAP was activated in Virginia on Feb. 13, 2006, and as of Feb. 28, 176 Soldiers started participating in the program and 141 completed the training. The program has already generated 41 potential enlistments.

Once a potential Soldier is identified and pre-qualified, the RA will facilitate a meeting with the local Recruiting and Retention NCO (RRNCO). The triad of RRNCO, RA and potential Soldier will then work closely to process the potential Soldier and move them towards accession in the Guard.

Upon enlistment of the potential “Soldier”, the RA will receive an initial payment of $1,000, with a second $1,000 payment upon successful shipment to Basic Training. The exact payment timelines vary depending upon prior service/non-prior status and availability of training seats.

The Guard launched the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program (G-RAP) to establish a position of strength from which it can achieve its accession mission of 70,000 enlistments, and meet the Guard end-strength goal of 350,000.


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