A Huge Load Of G-RAP

“The real tragic outcome from this G-RAP debacle is the soldiers and former soldiers who stood up and volunteered to serve and protect our Constitution are now being treated as criminals without any kind of due process rights, and it’s horrific what Army CID has done.” – Army Special Forces COL (ret) Douglas K. O’Connell, Attorney at law.

It sounded like a good idea; pay Guardsmen and Reservists to help recruit people into the Army. The plan was if you, as a soldier, could talk someone into joining, the Army would pay you $1000 when they signed on and another $1000 once your recruit finished basic training. Pretty sweet. I would have been all over that if it had been available when I was in the Army. But, looking back on the vast cluster it has become, I’m really glad I wasn’t there for the “opportunity.” Soldiers who participated in the program were known as recruiter’s assistants.

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The Recruiting Program

In 2005, when we were busy fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army desperately needed more soldiers. So that’s when they created the Army Reserve Recruiting Assistance Program (AR-RAP) and the National Guard Recruiting Assistance Program (G-RAP). I explained above, in the broadest terms, how the program worked. It was ingenious; overnight, the military had thousands of new part-time recruiters motivated by a financial incentive. So what could possibly go wrong?

Up front, we should realize that the US government outsourced management of the recruiting programs to a federal contractor, Docupak, a private company.