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Readers Respond: Transferring from Guard/Reserve

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Have you transferred from the National Guard or Reserves to active duty? Share your experiences. Share Your Experience

What a mess!

I served 5 year AD in the Marine Corps then joined the AF Reserve for 5 years. I then returned to AD in the Marine Corps. I cannot for the life of me get the Air Force to give me any offical paperwork stating my Points earned on Reserve. They also state that i don't rate a DD-214. They said to fax a standard form 180 and they would take care of it, so I did that but they have no record of it. I would take discharge order or any form of official stature. It is like dealing with kindergardeners. If any of you have any helpful suggestions I would be in your debt. --Frustrated--
—Guest Jeff

army reserve to AD

i am currently working on going into the army reserves, im a senior in high school and want to go to college for nursing. the recruiter told me after college and rotc it should not be hard to go ad as an officer. but he will not tell me how this is done, can anyone explaine it to me or tell me if hes lying?
—Guest vines

Active duty Recruiting

Most of you that blame Army Recruiters for personnel that are not able to go active duty from a reserve component have misplaced your blame. You must first have a signed conditional release (368 and 4187) from YOUR command. For USAR, that the first 1 Star in your COC, for NG it's the TAG. Recruiting is not about recieving "Credit". We have current restictions on the number of Prior Service that can go Active. It depends on HRC business rules at the time of application. Your rank, MOS and time in service all play a factor. It's not the Recruiters fault. They don't make the rules.
—Guest SFC Recruiter

Army Reserves to Active Duty

My son joined the Reserves 4 years ago. He has been trying to go Active but running into brick walls everywhere. I see here people are saying go to Recruiter to help, trust me, we have DONE that. Made a hundred calls, visits, emails, letters, you name it. Recruiters don't want to help, I know they don't get any benefit from this but still... they should be helping him. My son is beyond frustrated, wants to now be discharged because of all the BS. Any advice would be appreciated!!

Pre basic mistakes

I have recently singed up to join the reserves I don't leave for BCT till August but I made a mistake when choosing my future I went more with what would make mom and dad happy then what would make me happy so I'm trying to negotiate changing my contract to active duty my recruiter says it can be done any help would truly be appreciated
—Guest GreenJ

Guard to AD Enlistments

For enlisted, it's about supply and demand. Although there is a process to allow guardsmen to join AD, it is highly limited. AD has limited slots; they're not going to create one on-the-fly just because you think you're Mr. America. That'll be like a business with zero vacancies hiring 1 more person-just because. Now imagine doing that several thousand times? You'd bust your budget. During economic downturns the military typically gets a surplus of of recruits. It's great if you have many war fronts, but not if you're drawing down (USAF has a waiting list). So, if they allow a guardsman to go AD that takes away an enlistment an AD folk would be filling and it only makes sense to allow AD preference in enlistments and re-enlistments in AD for continuity (just like any other job). Besides, recruiters don't get credit for signing up prior-service guys. So, there isn't a whole lot of insentive to allow Guardsfolks to go Active duty.
—Guest John

arng to ad

In the process now 6 years guard and reup coming in may 13b is open to e-5 gave 368 to commander n have a meeting with 1st sgt and readiness nco
—Guest sgt nicholas


I'm Air National Guard and I have, on three separate occasions, attempted to speak to an active duty recruiter and all three of them refused to even discuss it with me (one of them was an Army recruiter). I suppose it's because they don't really get credit for it. Traditional Guardsmen get absolutely no respect and little pay to maintain the same standards that AD troops. It's BS. I highly recommend doing the minimal AD contract before going Guard or Reserve if that's what anyone reading this is considering. At least then you're actually considered a veteran.
—Guest TK


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—Guest sonia

Define active duty

I always hear that active duty directly to enlistment in another branch of service active duty is allowed since there is no break in service. I have active duty before but am now in the reserves drilling. If I finish my current 6 year active reserve term, can I be considered to join the full time Navy immediately as if there was no break in service? Or does that only apply to full time active Army to full time active Navy. I'd love to go from active army reserves to navy but I hear they do not take prior service and I do not know if I would be considered active or prior service in a cross service reenlistment.
—Guest prior service classification


It is not difficult to switch from reserves to active at all it may be a long process or a short one but if you want to go active they will let you go active before basic training and even after your training
—Guest Baylee

TXARNG officer to AD Officer

I am about to go to Finance Officer BOLC and will be on title 32 orders for a little over three months. My wife will be going to basic trainin for AD a few weeks after I leave. I want to be able to go AD also. How does this process work for Officers who have a few years of service. Who do I go to?
—Guest 2LT Jackson, C.

NEW info as of 10/08/2012

For Army reserve to active Army here is the current process: 1. See AD recruiter and have them start DD368 (conditional release). 2. See your retention NCO for a retention counseling. (DA 4856) 3. Fill out a DA 4187 (request for personnel action) Your recruiter MIGHT help with this. 4. Write a Memorandum for conditional release stating why they should release you. 5. See your Commander for a Commander's counseling (DA 4856). Get CO's signature on 4187. 6. This entire packet must now go to Brigade level for approval. If approved: You take the 368 & 4187 back to AD recruiter and begin the process of enlistment to AD. Remember to bring ALL the paperwork with you that you had to when you first enlisted (birth cert., Driver's lic., etc. and remember you will need the same for any dependants plus marriage license if that applies. All origional. documents with raised seals. Then it's off to MEPS for you! I am going through this right now, So I can assure you this is the current process.
—Guest Sgt. Ragland

How to go from NG or AD to AD or NG

It is possible to leave NG or AD to switch over to reserves or AD. Thre's a form called Conditional Release. You have to talk to a recruiter about it. Basically, you branch will release you under the condition that you go somewhere else. You can go from AIRNG to Marines or any branch really. It's just simple paperwork. I'm in the process of going from ANG to AD
—Guest A1C Limoges

Prior Submariner to Active

I left active duty as in 2008 and am a submariner. I left as an E4. I am now a reservist where the MM rate is really hard to advance. It looks like submarine jobs are undermanned. Can I star enlist back in as an E5 to sub duty?
—Guest Carrasjm

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