Posted on Oct 6, 2014
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Hello everyone,
I was wondering if anyone could give me some information about switching from active duty to FTS. I'm an AT2 approaching the end of my contract, and am considering all of my options. I've been trying to weigh the pros and cons of switching to FTS, but I have several questions.
First, how does the process of switching to FTS work? Do I simply re-enlist into the reserve component instead of active? If I do switch to FTS, would I still serve my remaining obligated time with my current command before moving on to a reserve unit? How about cross-rating...is this possible when switching to FTS? Finally, is there a different sea-shore rotation for FTS units?
Any information you may have would be helpful to me. And aside from my questions, if you guys have any insight about FTS vs AD that you think may help, I'd like to hear it. Thanks in advance to anyone who responds.
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CDR Polity And Plans Officer
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AT2,
Go to the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) and talk to the Career Counselor and the staff there. Talk with the enlisted staff there as they are likely FTS and can give you some insight as to what FTS means to them and how their career looks like.
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PO1 Kyle Crippen
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As a retired (TAR/FTS) ATC is very tight, something to think about long term.
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I was an AT when I was BRAC'd out of the AD Navy and forced into the Ready Reserve. I enlisted into the Air National Guard as a drill status guardsman an continued as an AT. (The Air Nationl Guard is a reserve component of the Air Force. My Air Force Specialy was 2A0X1D, which is one of the specialties that would fall under the AT rating in the Navy.) I learned of two programs that would allow a drill status guardsman become a full time person. One that I think is similar to the FTS that you refer to is what we call AGR --- Active Guard Reserve. This program is used by the Air Force and the Army that allows reserve component members of both branches to work for a reserve or national guard unit on long term active duty orders. Many of them stay long enough to get an active duty retirement. This is the status I current work under. For positions in the Air National Guard and the Army National Guard, you have to search the individual state websites under the dept of military and veterans affairs, which is headed by the Adjutant General for each state. I do not know how the find listings for the Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve, but their out there.

The othe program is through the civil service system. Under that arrangement, you remain a drill status reserve component but you work full time receiving a salary under the GS, WG or WS pay scale. I used to work under this status. The are a number opportunities like this posted on the http://www.usajobs.gov website.

Switching from the Navy to the Reserve component of the Air Force is painless compaired to going to a reserve component of the Army because you will not be required to return to basic training...a huge plus that I took advantage of.
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