The Missouri National Guard has announced a new recruiting program. The Guard Recruiter Assistant Program will see financial incentives provided to current Citizen-Soldiers who recruit new men and women to the National Guard. Missouri National Guard Adjutant General King Sidwell says any new ideas for recruiting are welcomed with open arms. Initially, five states are part of this pilot project. A Guard member who brings in a new recruit or prior service member could earn up to $2,000 per individual. Sidwell says the Missouri National Guard curently has an in-strength force of 7,600, about 95 percent of the 7,900 capacity mark. He says this is the normal number for the Guard, adding he wants to increase the in-strength capacity to about 8,200.