Posted on Feb 11, 2014
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I'm of two minds. On the one hand, I'd like to see an all-inclusive site. I started in the Army National Guard, it has some great Soldiers and NCOs and their voices should be heard, too. On the other hand, I'm wondering if the site would get overwhelmed.
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I think reserve and guard status personnel are missing out
on some opportunity by not participating on this site. Here is one thing that may encourage them to
join. I actively search this site for
Veteran status, Guard status, and Reserve status individuals for the purpose of
hiring them in the civilian sector.
Shouldn't that be a good enough reason to put your name out there?

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SPC(P) -

I think posting some of these comments on FB and Linked In might increase traffic to this site. Of course, that means many of my pearls of wisdom might get lost in the crowd.

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1SG I don't think there are enough contributors on RP as a whole regardless of branch or affiliation. I always see the same names commenting on, responding to, or posting discussions. To answer your question 1SG I'm not quite sure how we could get the word out. I've invited all my military friends of Facebook and I talk to people in my unit about joining RP but beyond that I'm not sure what else we can do. I actually posted a similar discussion asking the older SMs if they encourage their subordinates to join RallyPoint and it didn't get a lot of attention. The National Guard is still a part of the military so they should have the same opportunity to learn on here that I do.
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PFC - Considering that RP is very new, it's no surprise to see the same "old" faces time and again. However, if the real point is to serve ALL military branches, including their respective reserve components, then I guess we should do something about it. Not sure what that something is right now, but I'm sure the answer will present itself. Ok, I've decided -- it's YOUR homework assignment.
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Haha 1SG nooooo! Out of curiosity how new is RP? I've been a member for about a month and I thought I was late to the party.
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PFC - I have no idea how old RP is. I found it quite by accident while pounding around on FB one day. My guess is, MAYBE RP is 6 months old, but that's nothing more than a guess.
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Edited 6 y ago

Just like any other social media site, you have your early birds, looking for the next best thing, and wanting to put an early stamp on it. Then you have the sheep, they look from afar and worry about is this thing real, or is it a scam. As time goes on and more people are talking about what they heard a CSM/COL/GEN say on RP, around the water cooler, more people will look into it. Word of mouth is the cheapest and most effective marketing strategy. Add in the ability to pick the brains of your superiors and in some cases debate a topic (respectfully of course), people will wander into the pot.

To answer the original question, I say this, a think tank should always be about quality, but if you limit yourself to like minded people how do you truely consider yourself solving anything? I do not think having a strong NG presence would overwhelm the site, but would give higher ups a good ability to understand how to better intergrate and include these units in future endevors.

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SPC - I'm thinking along the same lines you are; the more, the merrier.
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