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New Social Media Network Connects Military Professionals

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There is a new social network out there, but not everyone can join. Rallypoint.com is a brand new social networking site for military professionals. The startup, launched just two months ago, helps connect those on active duty. 

Rallypoint.com is hoping to make its mark in the social networking world, specifically with military professionals. "So it is kind of a blend of the social networking sites with a distinctly military slant to it," said Rallypoint.com Advisor John Harvey.

Harvey, a retired Navy four-star admiral and Charlottesville resident, is now an advisor to the site. He hopes to bring his experience to a network with a lot of promise.

"I think the potential is really unlimited and it's going to be fun to see the people who join it, the direction that they're going to take it in as well and what they're going to demand of the company," said Harvey.  

The site, a military-style combination of Facebook and LinkedIn, allows its members to connect with each other in many ways.

"We've had individual service members connect to the unit that's across the street on the base and to the unit that's deployed in Afghanistan halfway around the world," said Harvey.  

Up and running for just two months, the site already has 4,000 users. 

"This is really a way of individuals helping to manage their own careers and get mentorship and take this in other directions as the individuals will do," said Harvey. 

A mobile application for the site is also in the works. Harvey says Rallypoint.com is a fast growing, useful resource. 

"If they're eligible, I would very much encourage them to sign up and get involved because the power of your network depends directly on the number of nodes in your network," said Harvey.

Right now the site is only open to those who are active duty. Harvey says they are working on bringing Department of Defense civilians on board next, and then hopes to open it up to veterans.

    

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