The 2 + 2 + 4 Recruiting Experiment: Design and Initial Results
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The Army relies on a number of recruiting incentive programs to enhance its ability to attract high-quality enlistees. Prominent among these incentives is the Army College Fund ACF, a benefit that can be used by the enlistee to support post-service education. To attract more high-quality people during periods of recruiting difficulty, the Army has proposed to expand the ACF to cover certain types of two-year enlistments, under a new option known as the 224 program. This Note describes the design and interim results of a national experiment to test the effectiveness of that program. Under the 224 program, recruits can choose a two-year active-duty tour in selected noncombat occupational specialties, with an additional commitment of two years in the Selected Reserve and approximately four years in the Individual Ready Reserve. The option is aimed at high-quality, college-bound youth and would offer ACF benefits of 8,000.
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