Posted: 1/25/2008 10:29:38 PM
[Last Edit: 1/25/2008 10:41:25 PM by Manic_Moran]
THE IMAGE ABOVE IS A PAID ADVERTISEMENT
So, you want to consider the Army/Guard or Reserve, do you? Good choice!
Here's what this is about. The Army has a referral/mentoring program in place, whereby someone who refers a potential soldier to a recruiter, and then mentors that soldier through the recruiting and training process, gets a nice cash bonus. Very handy, both for the referrer and also for the recruit. It's called "G-RAP" or "ESAR" in its various forms. The purpose of this thread is to link up potential recruits with an applicable ArfCom mentor. If the potential recruit goes straight to the recruiter himself, this opportunity is lost.
So, couple of questions up front:
1) "Do I get a taste of the cash?": No. That's why you get a nice enlistment bonus. This is for the mentor.
2) "Then what's in it for me?": A mentor to help you through the recruiting/soldierising process, the satisfaction of helping out a fellow ArfCommer, and if this ArfCom 'program' works out, once in you can sign on as a mentor yourself and gain the fiscal benefits that way in the future.
3) "Does it cost me anything?" No. These are funds set aside for G-RAP. If you don't have anyone refer you, the money stays in the Federal bank account in DC. There is no benefit to you for not being G-RAPed/ESARed
4) "Do I have to pick an ArfCommer?": No. Chances are the first person you want to consider is a soldier or retiree whom you personally know and like in "real life." However, if you've got nobody better in mind, why not pick one of us?
So, with those questions out of the way, here's how this works.
Feel free to start a thread asking for opinions/advice, much as everyone has been doing up until now. Make up your mind if you wish to talk to a recruiter. If you do decide that you wish to talk to a recruiter (no commitment, just talk for information gathering), stop. If you wish to have someone in the real world GRAP/ESAR you, go find them and talk to them.
If you are satisfied with the concept of having an ArfCommer as your mentor, look at the list below for the most suitable person. I would personally suggest by geographic region, but that's not mandatory. Guardsmen can refer Active Army recruits and vice versa. PM that individual and let them know you're interested in talking to a recruiter. That person will then PM or email you back requesting some basic information about you, which he will then forward in through the system and the recruiter will contact you soon enough.
Again, there is no commitment required at this point. The recruiter will pitch his sale. If you decide to walk away at this point, no harm done. You'd be wrong to join the Navy, but we won't stop you. If you do decide to join up, then congratulations. Don't forget to tell your mentor!
At this point, your mentor should be a point of contact for advice, help, and general moral support over the forthcoming months of misery which await you. If you think you're out of shape, and you're geographically close enough, your mentor should do PT with you! He'll probably write you letters during Basic to keep your spirits up. Before going to Basic, give you training on stripping/assembly of the M-16...no, wait.. This is ArfCom. You know how to do that already. Basically his job is to get you through the system to come out the other end as a qualified soldier.
Once you're done, feel free to give feedback on your mentor. I will have no compunctions against removing persons from this list if they fail their obligations. Don't forget to have yourself added to the list as well!
So, here's the list, in no particular order except as posted in the 'mentor recruiting' thread.
If you wish to be added to this list, reply to this thread.. Please, don't fill up this one. I do promise to check regularly.
List of Mentors
Northern California, Northern Nevada. National Guard, Armor/Cavalry.
West Central Ohio. National Guard, Air Defense Artillery
Ft Worth Area, Texas. Army Reserve, Civil Affairs.
Mansfield, North-East Ohio. Air National Guard. Airlift.
Washington State/Pacific NW. National Guard, Infantry/Special Forces/Airborne.
Eastern Pennsylvania. National Guard, Infantry. (Strykers)
Central Arizona, Phoenix. National Guard, Infantry.
Southern Vermont, New Hampshire. National Guard, Infantry.
Iowa, National Guard. Infantry/Cavalry
Southern California, National Guard.
Connecticut & Michigan. National Guard, Aviation.
Carolinas, Eastern Tennessee, SouthWestern Virginia. Army Reserve.
Wisconsin, National Guard. Infantry/Cavalry
San Antonio Area, Texas. Aviation Mechanic
Vermont. Guard/ROTC SMP, Military Police.
Michigan. Guard. Field Artillery, Military Police. Also works for recruiters. (eek!)
Currently in Iraq. Active Duty. Ordnance. Former drill sergeant. (eek!)
Missouri/Illinois/Idaho. Army Reserve. Combat Engineer.
Wyoming. Air Guard/Army Guard. AF Security Forces/Army Engineer.
Illinois. Guard. Old Geezer.
Alaska, also Oregon and Texas (!). Guard.
New York State. Guard. Combat Engineer, Airborne.
Georgia (I think) Active Army, Infantry, Airborne, Master Parachutist. Drill Sergeant.
Nebraska, National Guard. Infantry, Transportation.
Seattle area, National Guard. Construction Engineer. (Plumbing, carpentry, electrician, that sort of thing)
New Mexico. National Guard Infantry, formerly Army Reserve Medic, Engineer.
New York. National Guard. Signals, Infantry, MP.
Michigan, National Guard. Engineer, Officer/Warrant Officer Accessions.
Michigan National Guard. Heavy Equipment Operator, Engineer.
Virginia, Richmond/Hampton Roads area. Construction/Combat engineer.
Posted: 1/25/2008 10:40:28 PM
[Last Edit: 8/13/2009 1:24:15 PM by Manic_Moran]
Continuing, as the previous post got too long.
South Carolina, National Guard, ex Active. Armour, ex Engineer, Signal. OCS/WOCS.
Oregon, Portland Metro. Guard. Engineer.
Kansas. Active. Field Artillery, Legal Tech, MP, Small Arms Repair.
North Carolina. Ft Bragg/Fayetteville Area. Army Reserve
Texas, San Antonio Area. Army Reserve/Guard. Commo/Medical. Ex Artillery
Mississippi. Guard. Special Forces, Recruiter.
Washington, Spokane area, Guard. Mech Infantry, ex NBC/Supply.
Kentucky, Frankfort area. Guard, Signals, EWO. OCS. Mrs Retief Supply, Chaplain's Assistant.
Missouri, Guard. Infantry, Armour, Engineer, now Admin.
California, Bay Area/Sacramento. Guard. Combat Medic.
Arizona, Guard. Frustrated/Disappointed MP (Seriously: Says he'll give honest answers)
Pennsylvania, I think. Active Duty. Military Intelligence.
Minnesota, Guard. Combat Engineer.
Arizona, Reserves. Military Police.
Oregon, Air Guard. Security Forces.
North Carolina, Eastern part. Army, Light Infantry/Airborne. Drill Sgt.
Maryland, National Guard. OCS
North Carolina. National Guard. Cavalry.
Arizona, Mesa region. Civil Affairs.
Massachusets, Cambridge. Infantry.
Missouri, SouthWest. Guard. Engineer.
Washington, Ft Lewis area. Active, Aviation Support.
Washington, Spokane area. Guard, Mech Infantry, Armourer, Supply. Ex-Active.
Montana, Army Reserve
Minnesota, Twin Cities area. Guard, Military Police.
Michigan, Guard. Public Affairs/Journalism.
Iowa, Guard. Supply, older junior enlisted.
Michigan, Guard. Wheeled mechanic, former Active Duty.
Nebraska Air Guard, air refuelling tanker crew chief (Maintenance)
North/NorthEastern Oklahoma, Southern Kansas, Western Missouri. Army reserve. Mechanic. (Can also aid other branches)
North Dakota (East), Guard. Air Defense Artillery.
Retired, Active AF, AFR, Air Guard. ETAC/TAC-P (ROMAD), 1st Sgt, Operations Supt., Security Forces
Kentucky/Tenessee (Ft Campbell). Active Army. Special Ops Aviation
Washington, Seattle. Air Guard. 2E171 Satellite, Wideband & Telemetry Systems Craftsman
Alabama Guard. Not eligible for GRAP, but a recruiter. Particular emphasis on SF and Aviatino.
Georgia, Atlanta. National Guard, Infantry type.
New York, somewhere. Guard. Aviation. (CH-47s)
Oregon, usually between Corvallis and Portland. Guard
Kansas, Topeka/Wichita. Air Guard. Jet engine tech, parachute rigger.
Utah, Army Reserve. Combat engineer, tracked vehicle operator.
North Carolina, Guard. Recruiter/Retention'
Virginia, Hamton Roads (Virginia Beach). Active, then Guard. Tanker, infantryman.
Missouri, central area. Guard. Generator mechanic.
Texas, Ft Hood. Active Duty. Former Guard. Infantry
Wisconscin, Milwaukee area. Marine Corps (God help him).
Iowa, Cedar Falls area. Regular Army, Medic and Infantryman.
Northern Oregon, Guard. Tanker, Cav Scout, Engineer and Supply.
Indiana, Central/Bloomington/W Lafayette areas. Army Reserve. Engineer, Trucker.
Alaska, Ft Greely. MP.
Oklahoma, Regular Army. Legal Specialist, former Signalman.
Virginia. Shenandoah Valley. Army, Active and Guard.
Nevada, Southern area. Air Guard, munitions and intel. (odd combo, no?)
Minnesota, Duluth. Air Guard, ex USAF. Something to do with F-16s.
Hawaii, Guard. Aviation.
Mississippi, Starkville/ MS State. ROTC SMP, Guard.
Missouri, Central/Kansas City. Army Reserve, Aviation
North Carolina, Ft Bragg. Active Duty, Ordnance officer. (Maintenance etc).
Washington, Ft Lewis. Active Duty, Infantry. Stryker unit.
Alabama (North) and SW Georgia. Active Duty. Tanker, EOD.
North Carolina, Ft Bragg. Active Duty Combat Engineer.
Georgia, Augusta. National Guard, ex Active Duty. Artilleryman.
Alaska. (God help him). National Guard. Long Range Surveillance.
Washington, Tacoma. (With roots in Wisconsin) Active Duty. Field Intel. Former infantry
Maryland, National Guard. Infantry. Former signalman.
Germany (Originally Missouri). Active Duty. Intelligence.
Iraq. Active Duty. Chemical Corps. (eek!)
Alabama, Birmingham area. Former recruiter.
Arizona, Ft Huachuca. Military Police.
Indiana. Camp Atterbury. Army Reserves, Engineer, Transportation.
Washington State. MP, ex tank mechanic, armourer.
Arizona, Phoenix/Glendale. Army Reserve. Medic. (See CLS certification for easy promotion before going to Basic!)
Iowa, Des Moines. National Guard Cavalry scout. Former AD
Florida, National Guard. Infantry (anti-armour)
Wisconsin, near Watertown. National Guard 11B Infantry/ 31B Military Police
Idaho, SE area, National Guard. Cavalry.
North Carolina, Ft Bragg area. Infantry, airborne.
D.C. area. Infantry, Aircraft Electrician.
Posted: 7/15/2009 8:08:56 PM
Anyone in IL near chicago?
Posted: 7/26/2009 10:23:00 PM
Originally Posted By Lucky_lefty:
Anyone in IL near chicago?
testedone is the only IL I see on there...
Posted: 12/1/2009 7:40:12 PM
you can add me to the list of Mentors, the link you posted didnt bring me anywhere
Iowa Army National Guard
Posted: 7/2/2010 4:32:11 AM
Damn, wish I'd checked this a while ago. Already in the process.
Posted: 7/2/2010 11:48:49 PM
thought about going back into the Army after being out for 5 years. I got out with 10% disability so I got a separation code of JFS and a re code of 3. I talked to a recruiter who said I would need to go reserve for 6-8 months and then request to go active. He also suggested I think about going commissioned in the reserve since I now have a college degree. My major question is do they run a credit check for the application process for commission? and how clean does my credit need to be? and any other advice would be helpful. Thanks.
Posted: 4/3/2011 6:04:32 PM
Does this apply for officer candidates as well as enlistment? I'm considering National Guard in the Austin, TX area.
Posted: 11/9/2011 11:17:27 AM
Hi, I just joined the site. I saw the other thread is archived.
You can add me to the list. USNR, Electronics Technician
Posted: 5/20/2012 1:16:51 AM
[Last Edit: 5/20/2012 1:19:07 AM by acorn8]
sorry....my bust...pls delete if possible