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I am currently in the Maryland Army National Guard looking to transfer to the USMC. I have talked to a recruiter and now trying to get the ball rolling with my unit. How possible and fast can it happen?
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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You'd need a "Conditional Release" if I remember the term correctly.

"Possible" depends on your chain of command. I used to work with a guy who was Air National Guard, and got one. Wasn't a huge deal, but it does take time to go up and back down. Figure anything "internal" (like BN level) is probably 30 days. 1 level up is "at least" 60. 2 levels up 90. That's a VERY rough estimate. As 1SG (Join to see) said, it's probably GO level, so 90+ days at a minimum.

Remember, you don't really "transfer" to the USMC. You leave the NG, and then you rejoin the USMC, so you are starting completely fresh. The only thing that is going to carry over is going to be TIS & Awards. You'll end up going through Boot Camp, SOI (MCT/ITB), then MOS School (if you don't do ITB).
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Great clarification Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS, thanks for the follow-up!
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Cpl Chris Cargile
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I was in the same situation, in a contract with the Guard that the Army couldn't do anything with. The Corps signed me up (infantry), and used the signing bonus to pay out the Guard contract. I was on the next bus to Parris Island! The Marines don't accept Army boot, you'll have to re-do that shit!
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The one thing the army doesn’t understand.
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The difficult part will be getting the NG to release you. This may take some time. I'm almost sure it will take a GO to approval your release. As long as your recruiter is working the details and getting the paperwork pushed through all the right wickets you could be ready to go between 30-60 days. Again, the most important piece is the release from the National Guard. You have a contract with them and they do not have to let you go.
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Roger same process. It is all about the release from the National Guard. Once that is approved it shouldn't take much time at all after that.
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Ok. Well my unit was saying that they needed a business card, which they have and they need his signature and information then push it back to my unit.
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Would I also be starting fresh if I went into Active Duty Army or would I jist start where I left off?
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Whwre you left off
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