Has anyone ended their active service, gone into reserves/guard temporarily and gone back in active? How difficult is it? My husband just signed for the reserves for a year because he would have been RCPd otherwise with 14yrs as a SGT.
Posted 1 mo ago
Here is the issue your husband can face. If he picks up SSG in the Reserves and then wants to go back to Active, he will have to face a Grade Determination to see if he could go back to Active as a Staff Sergeant. More often than not, folks don't get approved to go back to AD as a SSG. It can happen...just very rare.
I have done it but I was an officer when I transitioned back. There are a few things you have to factor in. First, does the Army need Soldiers in that MOS? If not, then they don't. If they do then he has a chance. He will have to go to a rank assessment board. He is not guaranteed to keep his rank. If he were to go back into the Regular Army he may still get separated. For NCOs, you will have to go to a centralized board. If you are found "not fully qualified" for two years in a row the Army will separate the Soldier. That is for E6 and above. I would be concerned if he was promoted far behind his peers. That is the audience that the Army wants to separate if he gets in.
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