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Rules for Determining Active Duty Rank for Prior Service

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Prior service members who enlist in the active duty Army will have their initial enlistment rank determined as follows:

Current Army Reserve and Army National Guard Members

A current member of the Army Reserves or Army National Guard who has completed Initial Active Duty Training (IADT):

    (1) If prior service applicant has not been awarded an MOS and enlists within 12 months from the date released from active duty (IADT), the enlistment pay grade will be the grade held at time of release from IADT, unless the Reserve Componant has promoted the applicant to a higher grade. Applicant must produce DA Form 4187 approving the promotion to the higher grade.

    (2) If applicant has been awarded an MOS and enlists within 12 months from the date released from active duty (IADT), the enlistment pay grade will be the grade held at time of release from IADT but not less than E-2.

    (3) If applicant has been awarded an MOS and has 12 months service after release from IADT, the enlistment grade will be the grade currently held up to the grade of SPC (E-5).

Applicants in the Army Reserves and Army National Guard who hold the rank of SGT (E-5) and above, will have their active duty grades determined according to the rules below.

Former Members of the Regular Army, Army Reserves, and Army National Guard

(1) If applicant was last separated from any Component or is a current member of the Army Reserves or Army National Guard in grades E-1 through E-4 with not more than 7 years Active Federal Service (AFS) and enlists within 24 months from the date of separation, the enlistment grade will be the same grade held at time of separation. If enlisting more than 24 months from completion of military service obligation, reduce one grade for every additional 6 months, but do not go below the grade of PV2 (E-2) unless separated as PV1 (E-1).

(2) If applicant was last separated from the active duty Army in the grade of SGT (E-5) with not more than 12 years total active service and enlists within 24 months following separation, or is a current member of the Army National Guard or Army Reserves, the enlistment grade will be SGT, provided the applicant has completed the appropriate NCOES leadership requirements or its equivalent and provided a valid vacancy exists for the primary military occupational series (PMOS) in the grade of SGT. If no vacancy exists in former PMOS, the enlistment grade will be SGT, provided applicant accepts retraining in the MOS provided by the Army Human Resources Command and does not have more than 12 years active Federal service. If enlisting after 24 months from completion of military service, the enlistment grade will be determined by the Army Human Resources Command.

(3) If applicant was last separated from any Component or is a current member of the Army Reserves or Army National Guard in the grade of SGT with not more than 12 years AFS, or in the grade of SSG (E-6) with not more than 17 years AFS, or or in the grade of SFC (E-7) though SGM (E-9) , regardless of years of service but with fewer than 20 years, the enlistment grade and eligibility will be determined by the Army Human Resources Command. Applicants with more than the numbers of years indicated above are not eligible for enlistment in the active duty Army.

Former Members of Non-Army Componants

Former members of the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, including current and former members of their Reserve Componants will have their active duty Army rank determined by the Army Human Resources Command, after an examination of their military records and experience.

All prior service, regardless of componant are authorized to enlist at the advanced paygradefor non-prior service, if that is more advantageous.

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