February 3, 2014 - An Army National Guard recruiting program that allegedly was gamed by hundreds of soldiers to the tune of millions of taxpayer dollars is under criminal investigation and is the subject of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, CBS News has confirmed.
At the heart of the hearing is the Army National Guard Recruiting Assistance Program (G-RAP), which began in 2005 to help bolster the declining number of soldiers even as demand rose due to the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. If National Guard soldiers were able to convince their peers to join up, they could receive a referral bonus of $2,000 to $7,500.
Though the program helped the National Guard meet its recruiting goals – and spawned similar programs in the active Army and Army Reserve – it wasapparently also a ripe target for fraud. Because full-time uniformed Army recruiters were prohibited from participating, they could say that another soldier had referred the recruit, so that the soldier got a cash payment and the full-time recruiter received a kickback. read more>>>