Posted on Jun 6, 2014
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I am a newly commissioned and am currently at BOLC. When I was in ROTC I chose to commission in the national guard even though i scored high enough for an active duty. Since I have been at BOLC I have changed my mind and want to switch to active duty. How do I make the switch and what criteria do they use to select officers who want to change? What are my chances of being selected?
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Short answer: you don't.

Your first opportunity is the CAD program. This requires you to be a CPT or MAJ, CCC-Complete, and hold a STEM degree. There is just no possible way to go from NG to AD from where you are now, without resigning your commission and trying the enlisted side.

We had several LTs try this BOLC. Not a single one was successful. I was one of them

However, there may be another option: AGR. You can check with your state (and other states) to see if there may be any AGR slots available that you can apply for. The issue with the Guard AGR program is that it is not very robust and for Officers it can be challenging to promote or maintain a career since it is so limited.

The Reserves has a much more robust AGR program (I am an AGR Officer), but you would have to transfer to the Reserves before you could apply.
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CPT Zachary Brooks
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I have tried this myself many times (6 years later I am still in the National Guard) and have come to like my position here. I will be pursuing AGR positions in the near future as well.

As for your situation there are requests that can be made, but knowing that the National Guard owns you on a contract and the Active component is beginning to ramp down, it is very unlikely that you will be allowed to be released. The best way to try would be to converse with an active duty recruiter and ask them for details and what they would suggest.
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CPT Zachary Brooks
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1LT(P) David Thorp

Link up with an active duty recruiter. They may be able to bring your contract over (buy it out). I was offered that option when I was attempting to leave the guard, but I would have likely lost time in grade and even a rank (I was a 1LT at the time). Should be less of a problem for you as a recently commissioned 2LT.
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SSG Dave Rogers
SSG Dave Rogers
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AGR Is the best way for you to go with being an officer, things may have changed over the years, but I had a friend years ago who wanted to go active and was a reserve officer, he had to give up his commission in order to do so. But AGR is about positions, and you will be able to stay in an area easier. Reserve AGR is the best as you can get different positions around the country and there is more chance to move up, also I think a lot of Infantry Units in the National Guard are moving to Military Police..
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CPT Zachary Brooks - Sir, when did this happen? Was it part of CAD? I am assuming you were already branch qualified, what branch? Even if I had to jump down a rung on the ole ladder, I would get it back in 18 months anyway and get captain sooner than Id ever see it in the NG. I am highly curious because success stories (having the option anyway!) are very rare!
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CPT Zachary Brooks
CPT Zachary Brooks
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CPT (Join to see) I went to talk to a recruiter about it. I have since found another route to go with my career and will likely be swapping to the Reserves which has better opportunities for my branch. It all depends on what you want to do I'm sure.
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If it is like it was in OBC, which I guess BOLC is the new name for, contact your unit and see if your AG will release you. If he/she , not the pervert kind, won't, that is the end of it. If he/she will, then talk to the Post Personnel where ever you are taking Basic and they will take it from there.
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