Posted on Aug 16, 2020
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I am currently serving on active duty in the navy as an E-6. I still have over 4 years on my active duty contract, but have recently received my bachelors degree. Is it possible to leave active duty and commission into the reserves of the Air Force? I have a lot of opportunity in the civilian world but would still like to earn my commission and serve, just not in an active duty role anymore.
All help and insight is appreciated.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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Edited 10 mo ago
You'd have to break Service and be accepted to an officer producing program: OTS, Academy, ROTC, direct commission (usually Chaplains and Medical specialists). Have you reached out to an Air Force recruiter / ANG Recruiter?

There is not a way to transfer between service branches like you describe. It's usually something narrow like pilots. USCG had a poaching program to grab Army Warrant rotary wing pilots and direct commission them.

https://www.airforce.com/how-to-join/process/officer

Look carefully at age requirements and age waivers for AD service.
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I meet all the requirements and have reached out a few recruiters.
I am just trying to get as much information as possible, or find somebody who may have taken a similar path.
Thank you for your assistance!
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LTC Jason Mackay
LTC Jason Mackay
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PO1 (Join to see) - commissioning programs are shifting sands and change often. Recruiters has the current OTS/ Direct Commissions info and ROTC Ops and Academy recruiters accordingly. Good luck.
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CDR Terry Boles
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It certainly is possible, just remember the needs of the service and if your flexible you should be able to commission. A few possible hurdles to overcome; a bachelors degree can open doors however these days specialty degrees are very desirable, age waiver for years in service, making yourself competitive so do your homework on AF AFSCs, and have references lined up when you're close to separating from USN.

Enjoy your next 4-years, they will fly by as you begin outlining your future. I wish you all the best!
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CAPT Kevin B.
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This is done all the time by Mustangs such as myself. Had time left and was accepted into a commissioning program. Perhaps a couple more hoops going to a different service. Just make sure you're dealing with a real accessions officer for the program you're looking at. They deal with whatever releases and other paperwork needed all the time as well. It is typically outside the knowledge and authority of general recruiters. One thing to make sure of is, when you shift over, make sure they get your TIS/PEBD correctly calculated and carried over. It that is botched, it'll take a Board of Correction to fix.
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CWO4 Tim Hecht
CWO4 Tim Hecht
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Why not apply for Navy OCS?
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SPC Soldier At Us Army
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Hi sir can you message me. Am considering this option myself. Thanks.
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