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National Guard Introduces New Plan To Recruit Soldiers

Posted March 3, 2006 7:49 a.m. EST

— Whether it's training for missions in Iraq or leaving for the Gulf Coast to provide hurricane relief, the

North Carolina National Guard

is all about helping others. It now offers a new program with a monetary incentive to help boost its numbers.

As part of the Guard Recruiter Assistant Program, if a soldier brings in a potential recruit who is qualified and enlists, then the soldier gets a $1,000 check. Another $1,000 payment comes when the recruit successfully completes basic training.

Guard officials say the incentives can help reduce the cost of recruiting new soldiers and give the veterans another reason to stay.

One of the first people to take advantage of the program, Pvt. Charles Duggan, will be awarded the $1,000 bonus at the Claude T. Bowers Military Center on Reedy Creek Road in Raleigh Friday.