Amendment ID: S2817-22

Amendment 22

Guard Enlistment Enhancement Program

Messrs. Cronin, Timilty and O'Connor and Ms. Edwards move that the proposed new text be amended by adding the following section:-

"SECTION XX. Chapter 33 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 139 the following section:

Section 140. There shall be a Guard Enlistment Enhancement Program (GEEP) to support the ongoing domestic operations and the increasing demands upon the members of the Massachusetts National Guard underscoring the need to recruit and retain skilled Soldiers and Airmen. Massachusetts must maintain its National Guard in a robust posture to ensure mission readiness with each unit fully manned to the extent authorized by law. The purpose of the GEEP is to motivate Soldiers, Airmen, and retirees to boost the Massachusetts National Guard's recruitment efforts by using their non-duty hours to recruit new members into the force. As set forth in this section, the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard shall provide compensation to members of the Massachusetts National Guard and Massachusetts National Guard retirees (collectively, "recruiting assistants") who assist in the recruitment of a new member for the Massachusetts National Guard. Eligible recruiting assistants consist of current service members in the Massachusetts National Guard or Massachusetts National Guard retirees as designated in the GEEP implementation policy maintained by the Massachusetts National Guard. Recruiting assistants rendering assistance pursuant to this section shall be compensated no more than $1,000 for each new or prior service recruit that the recruiting assistant brings into the Massachusetts National Guard. The Massachusetts National Guard shall publish and maintain written policies regarding the execution of the GEEP consistent with the provisions of this section."