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Background on G-RAP

Becoming a RA under the Guard Recruiting Assistant Program (G-RAP) was easy. After viewing a PowerPoint of G-RAP guidelines, soldiers took a short true/false online quiz, hit the “I agree” button and became a Recruiting Assistant, working as an independent contractor for Docupak. More than 109,000 National Guard soldiers participated in the program. G-RAP brought 139,000 new soldiers into the National Guard during the six years of its existence.

In 2014, 20,000 RAs (soldiers) were investigated under a set of G-RAP rules that no one had ever seen before, G-RAP Guideline Version 2.0. Version 2.0 is not printed on any letterhead, has no page numbers, no creation lineage, or what official document it replaced. Most importantly, the rules in Version 2.0 varied considerably from the rules that G-RAP was based on and that soldiers were instructed to use as they mentored new recruits, as seen in Versions 1 and 1.5.

Specifically, Version 2.0 prohibits RAs from receiving information on a potential recruit  from a Guard recruitment officer. The guidelines that RAs remember state that information regarding recruits must  come from the Recruiting and Retention Officer, including Legal Name (Birth Certificate); Address; Social Security Number; Date of Birth; Citizenship; Dependency Status (Marriage License). This one change seems to lead to charges of taking money an RA didn’t earn (felony theft); using a potential soldier’s social security number without permission (identify theft); receiving funds from Docupak via online transfers (wire fraud).

Other CID charges hinge on whether or not the investigating officer thinks that the RA “worked hard enough” to earn the incentive money. How hard to work to recruit an individual is in no description of the program. In short, National Guard soldiers are being charged with crimes that make no sense to them — or anyone who is associated with the program. Juries are puzzled when presented with the “evidence” and many soldiers are found innocent.

A ruling of not-guilty doesn’t stop the travesty. Those soldiers still in the military face administrative punishment that end their careers, never understanding why.

Granted, there was fraud. One ring in San Antonio, Texas stole funds from every branch of the military that ran a recruiting assistant program. Those involved were discovered, prosecuted and are paying the price. The rest of the soldiers are having their lives and careers ruined; for what?

Why is the Army trying to destroy the National Guard?