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United States Army Enlistment Programs
Program 9K - Specialized Training for Army Reserve Readiness (STARR) Enlistment Option


Available to: qualified applicants
with or without prior service enlisting for Non-Prior Service (NPS) 6 years; Prior Service (PS) 4 years.

Description of Option: Guarantees applicants who meet prerequisites enrollment in a civilian training program for select medical skills and advancement to authorized pay grades (see line 10) upon completion. Note: this is not an education incentive or scholarship program. It is an Army Reserve Training Program.

Prerequisites that must be met before enlistment.

a. Basic eligibility criteria for enlistment as modified by this enlistment option.

b. Must be a high school graduate or high school senior with reasonable assurance of graduation.

c. Not possess or have been awarded any MOS under this option, nor have participated previously in this program.

d. Not be qualified for an MOS under the Army Civilian Acquired Skills Program that is authorized under this option.

e. Not have an MOS with an SQ1 or 2.

f. Possess a letter of acceptance from and accredited school in a course of study authorized under this option.

Prerequisites that must be met after enlistment.

a. Successfully complete Basic Training within 270 days of enlistment. This is considered Phase I for this option (NPS applicants), Phase III for PS applicants which is 48 hours of proficiency training conducted in IDT at home unit.

b. Start military sponsored training in a civilian school (Phase II) within 180 days of acceptance (or completion of Phase 1 if NPS) and make satisfactory progress toward completion of academic standards. c. Successfully complete four weeks of active duty training (Phase III) at an Army medical treatment facility.

d. Meet and maintain applicable Army standards for weight and physical fitness.

e. Upon enrollment for Phase II, complete a DD Form 1556 (Request, Authorization, Agreement, Certification of Training and Reimbursement) and forward to the school.

f. Attend authorized school as a full-time student and in the specific program for the MOS in which enlisting. Soldier is expected to maintain academic standards established by the school and complete this phase (Phase II) within 2 academic years. This applies to both full and part time students. All requisite licensure and certification is included.

g. Satisfactorily participate in required unit training assemblies unless properly excused by the Troop Program Unit commander.

h. Successfully complete all licensure or certification, and successfully complete all required examinations given by the appropriate national or state accreditation agency. Soldier will take the first available test period. If the soldier fails, take subsequent exams consecutively. The soldier will be allowed 2 attempts to successfully complete required examinations before reclassification/reassignment to another MOS or ordered to complete IET for an MOS.

i. Complete required service in the TPU and obligated service specialized in the enlistment agreement.

Information to applicants: Applicant will be informed of provisions of 2 through 10 of this option and the following:

a. This option is not a civilian acquired skills enlistment program. The Army, under this option, will provide your Advanced Individual Training (AIT) in an approved/authorized civilian institution as opposed to a military facility. The Army is not providing you financial benefits under this program, the Army is only responsible to pay that expenses incurred for the soldier to receive training for the purpose of being awarded a Military Occupational Specialty authorized by this option.

b. Training by the Army under this program may not exceed two years (academic) and training will be completed in the minimum amount of time feasible for the MOS enlisted for.

c. The Army will pay for tuition, books, fees, and equipment, in an amount that is normally charged for such a program, but not to exceed $6,000 per year ($6,000 cap is inclusive of all associated cost). Room and board, transportation to the school, transportation from domicile to lab, transportation to school functions or other non-subject related activity will not be authorized payment or reimbursement. No exceptions to the $6,000 limit is authorized.

d. The Army will pay on a one-time basis:

1. Pre-admission fees.

2. Examination charges.

3. Matriculation Fee.

4. State/National Board or license fees.

5. Malpractice Insurance Fee (NOT HEALTH INSURANCE).

a. The Director of the National Augmentation Detachment will authorize additional payments on a case by case basis when school or other agency requires re-enrollment fees for subsequent semesters.

b. All schools participating in this program must be approved before enrollment.

c. Termination or suspension of participation in this program will occur if:

1. At the discretion of the CG, USARC, a soldier's participation in Phase II of this program may be suspended in lieu of termination, for a period not to exceed six (6) months.

2. The CG, USARC will terminate a soldier's participation in this option if:

a. Disenrollment from the program (training) by the soldier.

b. Failure to meet and maintain eligibility.

c. Unsatisfactory TPU participation or performance.

d. Failure to maintain acceptable academic standards, attendance or other reasons which are not consistent with completion requirements of the course of study as determined by the school attending.

e. Unsatisfactory completion of necessary training that fulfills the school curriculum leading to certification or licensure in the MOS for which enlisted.

f. Directed to terminate the program by HQDA.

Authorized medical skills for which applicant may enlist

  • 42D Dental Laboratory Specialist
  • 91B Medical NCO
  • 91C Licensed Practical Nurse
  • 91D Operating Room Specialist
  • 91P X-ray Specialist
  • 91Q Pharmacy Specialist
  • 91V Respiratory Specialist

    Course criteria and authorized advanced grade for each MOS.

    To qualify for MOS: 42D10 (USAR STARR only)
    Titled: Dental Laboratory Specialist
    With later appointment to: E4
    The following criteria must be met:

    a. Have been accepted for enrollment in an American Dental Association Accredited Dental Laboratory Technician Program.
    b. Proficiency training required by Line 5 must be performed under the supervision of an NCO qualified in MOS 42D or a dental officer.

    To qualify for MOS: 91B10 (USAR SARR only)
    Titled: Medical NCO
    With later appointment to: E5
    The following criteria must be met:

    a. Have been accepted for enrollment in a State-approved course in Emergency Medical Treatment at the Paramedic/Advanced level (EMT-P) that will lead to the issuance of a State license as an EMTP.

    b. Complete the exportable 91B Medical NCO Proficiency course conducted at an Active Army medical treatment facility that will satisfy the proficiency training requirements of Line 5.

    To qualify for MOS; 91C20 (USAR STARR only)
    Titled: Practical Nurse
    With later appointment to: E5
    The following criteria must be met:

    a. Have been accepted for enrollment in a State-approved course in practical or vocational nursing that will lead to the issuance of a license as a practical or vocational nurse.

    b. Proficiency training required by Line 5 must be performed under the supervision of an Army Nurse Corps officer or NCO (SSG or above) qualified in MOS 91C.

    To qualify for MOS: 91D10 (USAR STARR only)
    Titled: Operating Room Specialist
    With later appointment to: E4
    The following criteria must be met:

    a. Have been accepted for enrollment in an operating room technical course of at least 12 weeks duration. The course curriculum must contain the following key elements: a supervised clinical practicum of not less than 240 hours; basic science subjects to include surgical anatomy; principles and practices of sterilization; duties of the scrub technician; and duties of the circulator.

    b. Proficiency training required by Line 5 must be performed under the supervision of an Army Nurse Corps Officer or NCO (SSG or above) qualified in MOS 91D.

    To qualify for MOS: 91P10 (USAR STARR only)
    Titled: X-ray Specialist
    With later appointment to: E4
    The following criteria must be met:

    a. Have been accepted for enrollment in a CAHEA approved radiolography program, or its documented equivalent that will lead to certification/registration by the American Registry of Radiologic technologists (ARRT), or a State credentialing agency.

    b. Proficiency training required by Line 5 must be performed under the supervision of a Radiologist (AOC 61Q, 1R, or 61S) or an NCO qualified in MOS 91P.

    To qualify for MOS: 91Q10 (USAR STARR only)
    Titled: Pharmacy Specialist
    With later appointment to: E4
    The following criteria must be met:

    a. Have been accepted for enrollment in a Pharmacy Technician training program accredited by the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

    b. Proficiency training required by Line 5 must be completed under the supervision of a Pharmacy officer (AOC 68H) or an NCO qualified in MOS 91Q.

    To qualify for MOS: 91V10 (USAR STARR only)
    Titled: Respiratory Specialist
    With later appointment to: E4
    The following criteria must be met:

    a. Have been accepted for enrollment in an accredited program or a program holding a Letter of Review from the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy education. (Phone: (817) 283-2835 to validate accreditation/Letter of Review training programs.)

    b. Proficiency training required by Line 5 must be performed under the supervision of a medical Corps Officer, a civilian Registered Respiratory Therapist, or an NCO qualified in MOS 91V.

Authority and effective date of advancement: All promotions to advanced grade will only be effective on or after the completion of all requirements for award of MOS. Orders awarding MOS and promotion should cite this enlistment option as the authority.

Information Derived From Army Regulation 601-210

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