Posted on Jan 22, 2022
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How hard is it to go active from reserves in AIT? Im in a small MOS. My SGM actually comes into class often and has said he would be willing to help us get stationed where our skills would be best. I’m the only 92m at my reserve unit, but they haven’t really missed me or kept in touch even with being injured at bct and delayed. how hard would it be to convince my unit to let me go if I have his support, even though they’ve paid for my training? Is there a time limit? Or is it just up to my command? I know I have to talk to a recruiter but that’s about it.
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It's not about how hard from AIT it is...it's a matter of how hard the request process is in general regardless of where you are at. A DD Form 368 still has to be processed thru your Chain of Command. Bear in mind that at no time in that process is any Commander in your Chain required to grant you release. Of course, the ultimate decision will be on your CG. But first, you need to speak with an Active Duty Recruiter. Regardless of what the SGM said, there is still a process.
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I've never seen it happen unless Big Army simply takes them away, and when they do take reserves away it's never permanent. We just get activated and put on orders. A CG has no interest in giving up soldiers.
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SSG Bill McCoy
SSG Bill McCoy
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CPT (Join to see) - As SFC (Join to see) inferred, his best bet is to see an Army Recuter. I found it very easy to go from Naval Reserves to Regular Navy though, adimittedly, I have NO idea how it is these days. Again, an Army Recruiter would be his best bet, and love having another slot filled. When he returns to his HOR, he should see his Recruiter there I'd think best bet.
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SSG Bill McCoy - Of course I can't say "don't try", but the soldier being a 92M in the USAR under a logistical chain of command where I commanded, I've never seen any of my soldiers successfully transfer out of the USAR into AD.

To try and do so now, while still in AIT, when the $$$ is contracting for us all I think the possibility is remote.

What I do think is a stronger possibility is to work within the USAR system, seek out deployments, rack up time on orders. Effectively, keep oneself so busy it is effectively like being on active duty.
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SSG Bill McCoy
SSG Bill McCoy
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CPT (Join to see) - Solid advice sir! Whatever he decides to try, I hope he's successful. For me personally, Reserves was more of a chore than when I went active, but that's just me! :) I especially enjoyed my Army time more than the Navy although I'd have loved sea duty. As a Corpsman however, trained for the Fleet Marines, that wasn't in the cards or was at least unlikely.
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Since you went in with a college degree, too bad you couldn't go to OCS and become a lieutenant? You can expand your knowledge other than Mortuary affairs. You could go into Logistics. You'll get paid more money and have more opportunity. Not sure if your injury is going to prevent you from passing the OCS physical? I went in his military police enlisted and six months later I went into a California Army National Guard OCS program. If you follow the OCS path, make sure that it's federally recognized. Others have told me that some State National Guard ocfs programs are not recognized by the federal government. It never prevented me from getting deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan but having a federal recognition o c s under your belt will make it easier for you to transfer to active duty if you chose to do it. You also have Tour of Duty and mob cop that you can look at your unit volunteer in tours or Inn locations worldwide. This is if you still stay in the Army Reserve or National Guard. I was in the Army Reserve so Tour of Duty with easy for me when I went on duty for 60 days helping Fifth Army in San Antonio Texas coordinate Observer controller trainers to a huge exercise in Canada called Maple Resolve.

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The selection rate for LTC in 38A was 90% so you will be selected!SSG (Join to see) SFC (Join to see) MAJ Byron Oyler CPT (Join to see) SFC (Join to see) SPC (Join to see)
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LTC (Join to see) - Sir I'd chase, 38G in Civil Supply, Commerce, or Economic Functions.
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CPT (Join to see) a lot has changed. I was a generalist when I took my civil Affairs Q course in the summer of 2006. I have an international business degree in marketing background soap that would probably my specialty if I were your rank today. Sounds pretty interesting!
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SSG Bill McCoy
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SPC (Join to see) - With your credentials, I hope you do become an officer. I don't know if there are officers in CBR branch, but there surely is something related I would think.
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You can’t. You will need a conditional release from your state to go active
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