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POSTED: August 30, 2007 5:03 a.m.
Army Reserve soldiers may become recruiting assistants to work at the grassroots level to recruit in their communities, where they work and live.  
“Soldiers, you can earn $2000.00, while helping the Army Reserve fill its ranks,” said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stulz, chief, Army Reserve when he announced the launch of the Army Reserve Recruiting Assistance Program. AR-RAP will allow individual Army Reserve soldiers to earn financial incentives up to $2,000 for each successful recruiting effort.  
Unlike traditional Army recruiting methods, AR-RAP involves Army Reserve unit members working on their own time to conduct recruiting in partnership with a contractor for non-prior and prior service recruits who contract and later complete training requirements.   
To become a recruiting assistant, soldiers must first complete on-line training with the program's contractor. Upon completing the on-line training, soldiers will become certified as RAs and are immediately available to begin conducting their personalized recruiting efforts. Once certified, RAs receive a welcome kit and a recruiter store account from which to order marketing materials to support recruiting efforts.
The recruiting assistants are expected to work with their prospective Army recruits throughout their accession process, but are not authorized to make legally binding commitments regarding bonuses, incentives or guarantee specific jobs upon joining the Army Reserve.
Eventually, all prospects will be linked with full-time Army Reserve recruiters, who will assist RAs by administering the contract process, and schedule required medical and aptitude tests for recruits prior to their accession. The RAs will also serve as mentors to recruits until they depart for basic training; preparing them for military service.    
The program was launched to increase the number of soldiers recruited into the Army Reserve; essentially making every Soldier a potential recruiter. AR-RAP leverages the talents of Army Reserve soldiers by allowing them to conduct their own recruiting efforts within their local community — to increase exposure of the Army Reserve and inform members of the community regarding the benefits of joining the Army Reserve.  
The benefits of joining the Army Reserve include money for college under the Montgomery GI Bill, student loan repayment programs, tuition assistance, and possible enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses (depending on military occupational specialty). The Army Reserve offers many career opportunities as well as several leadership development and civilian-skills related training, which are valuable and marketable for private sector employment.  
Also, there is the opportunity to earn a retirement income, after 20 years of qualifying service with monthly payments at age 60, and participate in a thrift savings program (similar to a 401K program). For more information, log-on to www.AR-RAP.com
 

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