By Lt. Col. Chester C. Carter, III
ROANOKE, Va. - The first Virginia Army National Guard G-RAP check was presented by Maj. Gen. Robert Newman and Command Sgt. Maj. Bob Huffman to Sgt. Troy Catterton. The $2,000 check was presented to Catterton during the Enlisted Association of the National Guard annual conference held in Roanoke on April 28. Catterton is assigned to Detachment 1, 266th Military Police Company.
The Guard Recruiting Assistance Program or G-RAP is designed for Soldiers of the Guard who are actively supporting recruiting activities to be compensated for their effort. G-RAP was activated in Virginia on Feb. 13, 2006. As of May 1, 2006, 856 Soldiers of the Virginia Army Guard have signed up to work as recruiting assistant under the program and 741 have completed the required training. The program has resulted in 59 enlistments for the Virginia Guard.
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 Virginia Army National Guard. The intent of the program is for the RA to use his or her contacts to identify potential “Soldiers” who can enlist and successfully contribute to the Virginia Army National Guard during their enlistment.
Once a potential Soldier is identified and pre-qualified, the RA will facilitate a meeting with the local Recruiting and Retention NCO (RRNCO). The RRNCO, RA and potential Soldier will then work together to process the potential Soldier and move the potential Soldier toward enlistment in the Guard.
When the potential “Soldier” is enlisted the RA receives an initial payment of $1,000, with a second $1,000 payment upon the “Soldier’s” 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 with the objective of gaining 70,000 enlistments and meeting the Army Guard end-strength goal of 350,000 by the end of Sept. of this year.