Cash For Recruits

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- A National Guard bonus program created after 2005 recruiting goals were missed by a wide margin is showing signs of helping to close the gap.

The program creating recruiting assistants has brought in 25-thousand new members in 15 months and the Army National Guard expects to meet this year's quota of 70-thousand new members.

The assistants help full-time recruiters and can make some extra money.

The top dog in the bonus department so far is Georgia National Guard Sergeant Dana Kline, who stands to make about 94-thousand dollars.

Through the program, Guard members are offered a one-thousand dollar bonus for every person they sign up and another thousand when the recruit ships out to basic training.

Northwestern University sociology professor Charles Moskos says it proves personal contact is far more important than big-dollar advertising.

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