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Bring a buddy to March training assembly

New 162nd Fighter Wing recruits, Vanessa Ferreira and Marie Ann Camara, are sworn in by Lt. Col. Michael Knutson at the base recruiting office. Both Airmen are non-prior service recruits. The recruiting office aims to ensure that at least 30 percent of all recruits are non-prior service. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. (ret.) Ira Zarin)

New 162nd Fighter Wing recruits, Vanessa Ferreira and Marie Ann Camara, are sworn in by Lt. Col. Michael Knutson at the base recruiting office. Both Airmen are non-prior service recruits. The recruiting office aims to ensure that at least 30 percent of all recruits are non-prior service. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. (ret.) Ira Zarin)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The recruiting office is hosting "Bring a Buddy to Drill" Saturday, March 7. All unit members and retirees are encouraged to invite a friend or family member to the March Unit Training Assembly. The invitation is for those who have never been in the military. 

"Last year's Bring a Buddy event was very successful with helping us meet our non-prior service recruiting goals," said Master Sgt. Teresa Denogean, Air Guard recruiter. "We had about 25 'buddies' show up last year and from that, we enlisted four non-prior recruits. We're hoping for the same support from unit members this year." 

The recruiting event is designed to provide awareness to non-prior-military friends and family, and presents an opportunity for GRAP-eligible members to capitalize on the program. 

Presently, the Guard Recruiting Assistant Program (GRAP) pays $2,000 per qualified referral enlistment. If you are a Drill Status Guardsman or Air Guard retiree, you are eligible to apply at www.guardrecruitingassistant.com. 

Prospective applicants must be between 17 and 34 years of age. They must be either a high school senior, possess a GED or High School Diploma. 

Prospective applicants will meet at the Recruiting Office at 9 a.m. The recruiters will arrange a unit briefing, question and answer session, base tour and lunch for all attendees. 

Since the recruiters must know the exact number of visitors in order to arrange lunches and support for this event, they ask members to provide names, ages and phone numbers of their invited "buddies" by Feb. 20. 

For more information, or to RSVP for a buddy, contact the recruiting office at 295-7000.