Posted on Aug 12, 2020
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Is possible that Active duty soldier can transfer to Reserve soldier ?
I'm regret to do active soldier, now I'm very busy everyday doing the work I do and I want to go to school to learned some useful , and want to transfer to be a Reserve soldier now so i have time for school , is there any process I can do to make that happened, any advice what I can do?
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If you have not shipped for Basic yet, you will need to speak with your Recruiter to see if you can get your contract redone for Reserves.

If you have already shipped out, then you will need to seek out your Retention NCO once you get to your duty station. However, you will most likely not be able to switch to the Reserves so early into your contract. What is more likely is that when you come near the end of your initial term, you will still have some years obligated to the Army. This is when you can then join the Reserves upon ETSing from Active Duty.

As for school, you can do school while on Active Duty. It will just be during your own time....like evenings and weekends
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If one can manage to knock out the general education and elective classes part time for a year's worth of school over the period of a 3 year enlistment then one exits the active army with 36 months worth of funding for 36 months worth of remaining school.

Imagine that.
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You can do college while on active duty.
You cannot transfer or transition from active duty to reserves until your ETS.
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I have finished BCT and AIT and I'm in my first duty station for 3 month now.
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PFC (Join to see) - Then you are going to have to wait until it's time to ETS from Active Duty and either decide to go into the Reserves, the Guard, or IRR. Your Retention NCO/Career Counselor can explain all of this.
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I’m not trying to be rude but everything you have posted is whining about your situation or your “brother’s” situation like you guys weren’t aware that you were signing up for the Army. You swore in multiple times knowing this would be a more than full time job. There’s nothing you can do but serve your contract, which is something you could have very easily searched on Google
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I honestly think you are better off going active getting your GI Bill vested and being done with it. A USAR contract is twice as long, and you'll continue to have USAR conflicts with constantly changing training schedules that drag out your graduation time line.

Taking a pause to go active will give you 36 months worth of school funding and cash flow stream where you can just focus on school afterward.

Going USAR will drag out your school time line, not really provide much of an education benefit and ironically you'd probably finally graduate after much conflict around the same time you would having going active and taking a pause.

I'm only relating back to my 2+ years as a USAR Company Commander of a Quartermaster unit as of 2019.
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