Mission: Conduct continuous recruiting, retention and attrition management activities to achieve authorized end strength objectives and operational force readiness requirements.
Command Leadership and Unit Structure
The Recruiting and Retention Battalion is commanded by Lt. Col. Bryan Gregory. The senior noncommissioned officer is Command Sgt. Maj. Heath Benge.
The unit is comprised of the following;
- Company A, Topeka
- Company B Wichita
- Recruiting offices in 38 armories throughout the state
- Storefront locations in Garden City, Lenexa, Olathe, Topeka and Wichita
2022 Unit Highlights
On average, the Kansas Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion receives six Minuteman Scholarship vouchers, which translates to full-ride educational opportunities for newly enlisted Soldiers. This year, with the support of the Officer Strength Management team, the state received an additional 15 vouchers and was able to award a total of 21 scholarships to Kansas Army National Guard Soldiers seeking a commission.
Recruiting achieved 356 first-time enlistments, 48 Soldiers from other service components and 65 new officers and warrant officers. The Kansas Army National Guard retained 570 qualified Soldiers.
The Recruit Sustainment Program continued to shine during 2022. In total, the battalion shipped 289 Soldiers to Initial Entry Training and ranked among the top 10 states in the nation for Recruit Sustainment Program metrics.
The Recruiting and Retention Battalion had 10 noncommissioned officers achieve or exceed their annual recruiting mission. One noncommissioned officer completed his mission at over 175% of his assigned annual mission and was named the Director's 54 recipient for Kansas.