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ND500 Terms & Conditions

NDNG service members wishing to participate in the ND500 bonus program agree to comply with the terms and conditions set forth below:

1-1. Definitions

a. Lead:
The name, address and phone number of someone who may be interested or has expressed interest in joining the NDNG. In order to be considered an eligible lead, the lead must be entered in a recent timeframe (365 days and fewer). The lead will be considered ‘dead’ and removed from the app and the 366th day. It must be re-entered in order to be eligible.

b. Prospect:
An individual who has agreed to an appointment with a recruiter.

c. Applicant:
A person who is prequalified and desires voluntary enlistment in the National Guard and is being considered for entry.

d: Eligible Enlistee:
An applicant who has been found eligible, and who has been accepted for enlistment/accession in the NDNG. Enlistment/Accessions eligible for the ND500 program are Non-Prior Service recruits, Qualified and Non-Qualified Prior Service Recruits, Interstate Transfers, and Officer Prior Service Transfers and Officer Interstate Transfers.

e. Recruit:
A person newly enlisted/accessed into the NDNG and not yet fully trained.

f. Assistant:
An eligible individual who has completed a ND500 Assistant Agreement, who remains in compliance with the terms of the ND500 Assistant Agreement, and who assists or helps in locating interested individuals to join the NDNG. The following categories of individuals are eligible to participate in this program.

• Currently Serving NDNG Soldier or Airman

The following categories of individuals are not eligible to participate in the ND500 program, even if otherwise categorized as eligible.

1) Any Soldier or Airman whose primary duty or employment is recruiting, to include full-time or part-time duty, and includes Active Duty for Operational Support or a temporary recruiting position and anyone assigned to or that works for the Recruiting Command in a fulltime capacity.
2) Any Soldier or Airman whose primary duty or employment is with a Junior or Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
3) Any currently serving NDNG Soldier or Airman in the grade of O-5 or above.
d) For Army National Guard only: Pre-IET Soldiers (Soldiers assigned to Recruit Sustainment Program).
4) Immediate family members of any individual in the groups above in category 1 or 2.
5) Retirees

g. Recruiter:
A person whose job is to enlist or assess members into the North Dakota Army or Air National Guard and assigned or attached to the respective recruiting command.

h. ND500 Assistant Agreement:
An agreement entered between the NDNG and an eligible assistant that provides a new or prior service lead who enlisted/accessed into the NDNG as a result of their efforts, mentorship, and assistance. (Appendix A)

i. ND500 Assistant Payment:
Assistant’s shall receive a bonus in the amount of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) per qualifying new or prior service lead who enlists/accesses into the NDNG as a result of the assistant’s effort, mentorship, and assistance. The payment will be made in a lump sum, upon verified enlistment. Authorized categories are listed below (officer and enlisted ranks):

• Non-Prior Service
• Prior Service Accession
• Interstate Transfer (IST)

1-2. Availability of Appropriated Funds

All ND500 Assistant Payments are subject to the availability of appropriated funds. The Adjutant General reserves the right to reduce or terminate funding for the ND500 program. In the event an Assistant has submitted a qualifying lead, and a determination is made that appropriated funds are no longer available, the assistant will be notified in writing of this determination.

1-3. Duties of the ND500 Assistant

The assistant shall be available to the prospect between initial contact through the enlistment/accession date and up to the beginning of initial entry training to provide information, guidance, encouragement, mentorship, and support. The assistant shall perform other duties related to the enlistment action as deemed necessary or directed, in writing by the Adjutant General.

1-4. Integrity of the ND500 Program

Fraud and/or abuse associated with the ND500 Program will not be tolerated. Assistant’s will only submit leads generated primarily through their own efforts or relationships. Assistants will not submit a lead provided to them by, or on behalf of, a non-eligible person. Those violating this provision, regardless of intent, may be subject to administrative or punitive action.

1-5. ND500 Conflicts and Dispute Resolution

a. The Deputy Adjutant General shall be the final arbiter of any dispute involving the payment or non-payment of any funds to a ND500 Assistant. Misconduct or abuse of this program will be addressed through the military chain of command, for serving military members, and through applicable law and regulation for civilians.

b. In the event of conflict between the language of this regulation and the ND500 Assistant Agreement, the language of the regulation governs.

1-6. ND500 Assistant Payment.

a. The State of North Dakota will process the payment to the assistant for the sum of $500.00 for services provided by the assistant and pursuant to the assistant agreement. A Soldier or Airman may enter into a separate assistant agreement for each lead provided. When that lead is enlisted/accessed into the NDNG as a result of the assistant’s efforts, the documented assistant will receive $500.00 in lump sum.

b. The total number of compensated leads for an individual during a fiscal year will not exceed twenty-five (25) unless the Director of the Joint Staff, through an appointed official, performs an audit of the circumstances to confirm full ND500 compliance.

c. ND500 assistant payments are taxable income and shall be reported on a Form 1099 to the respective tax authorities by the State of North Dakota.

d. The State of North Dakota uses a specific pay process through the State of North Dakota Accounting System called PeopleSoft. To participate in ND500 enrollment/registration in PeopleSoft is mandatory. This is accomplished by submitting a Form W-9 and Direct Deposit form to the State Admin Office to ensure timely and accurate payment.

1-7. Relationship to the State of North Dakota.

Participation in the ND500 program does not qualify the Assistant as an employee or agent of the State of North Dakota. Actions conducted by the Assistant To generate a qualifying leads will not qualify the assistant for any benefits or protections provided to employees or agents of the State of North Dakota. Only NDNG members in a valid status will be entitled to the protections and benefits offered under the laws of the State of North Dakota and of the United States.

1-8. Compatibility with the laws of the United States and the State of North Dakota.

If at anytime, the payment of the Assistant Payment to the Assistant will result in a violation United States or North Dakota law, the Assistant will be disqualified from receiving said payment.

1-9. Agreement to Terms and Conditions Required.

All Assistants are required to agree to, and comply with the terms and conditions set forth below. Assistant’s must certify that they have read and agree to the terms and conditions set forth below, by signing and dating the appropriate block on the ND500 Assistant Agreement form.

1-10. Failure to Comply with ND500 Terms and Conditions.

Violations of the ND500 Terms and conditions, regardless of intent, shall be grounds for disqualification from receiving an ND500 Assistant Payment for submission of an otherwise qualifying lead. Those assistant’s found to have willfully or intentionally violatde the terms and conditions of the ND500 program with the intent to defraud the NDNG may face punitive or administrative action, and/or be reported to law enforcement.

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